Central African Republic

Polling Day today for Parliament and President


Voters of the Central African Republic go to the polls today to elect a new President and government.

Incumbent President Francoise Bozizé is expected to win the Presidential race with his ‘Kwa Na Kwa’ (KNK) party also doing well.

The President concluded his election campaign on Friday in the capital Bangui which is reported as having attracted about 5,000 supporters. Meanwhile the former Prime Minister, and a key contender, Martin Ziguélé of the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC) attracted a crowd of about 2,000 supporters at his rally in the capital.

The third key contender is former President Ange-Félix Patassé, standing as an Independent. He was ousted in a coup by Bozizé in 2003 and until recently had been living in exile in France. He is a former leader of the MLPC but was superseded by Ziguélé in 2006.

Results are expected in about a week.

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