Voting Ends In Central African Republic

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Updated February 15, 2016

Central African RepublicVoting has closed in the Central African Republic (CAR) where the people have voted to elect a new president in a run-off contest between two former prime ministers.

But final results in the poll – seen as a step towards restoring peace – are not expected for several weeks.

The seizure of power by a mainly Muslim rebel group in 2013 led to prolonged bloodshed.

Candidates, Faustin Touadera and Anicet Dologuele have pledged to restore security and boost the economy.

The citizens also voted for a new parliament following the annulment of a poll in December due to irregularities.

Mr Dologuele served under President Ange-Felix Patasse between 1999 and 2001, and Mr Touadera was Prime Minister under President Francois Bozize between 2008 and 2013.