Central African Republic

Elections abandoned as violence escalates


Although there has been no formal announcement, Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has made it clear that a general election which was scheduled to take place today has been postponed. It is likely that the elections will not now take place until next year.

Violence has erupted across this troubled country over the past few weeks and the capital, Bangui, has been the centre of renewed violence with as many as 42 people killed in September.

Although the government has established a forum to discuss the elections many politicians and at least ten of the 50 registered parties have decided to boycott the process.

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