Central African Republic: Touadera re-elected!
Touadera re-elected as Central African Republic presidentPublished on January 05, 2021, AFP, The East African
Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera has won an outright election victory after a tense first round of voting in the coup-prone country, the electoral commission announced on Monday.
The December 27 presidential election, which coincided with legislative polls, took place as a coalition of armed rebel groups renewed an offensive that left thousands unable to cast their ballots.
Runner-up Anicet Georges Dologuele, who won 21.01 percent to Touadera's 53.9 percent, labelled the vote a "farce", telling AFP: "There were many irregularities and instances of fraud."
Touadera's government controls only about one-third of the former French colony, with militia groups that emerged from a conflict in 2013 controlling the remainder of the territory.
According to official figures, voting did not take place at all in 29 of the country's 71 sub-prefectures and was curtailed in six others. Last Wednesday, the opposition called for the vote to be annulled, calling it badly flawed.