Central African Republic: New president vows unity

2016-02-21 16:02
Central African Republic second round presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera smiles as he casts his ballot for delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off, at a polling station in Bangui. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Central African Republic second round presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera smiles as he casts his ballot for delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off, at a polling station in Bangui. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Bangui - The newly elected president of Central African Republic has vowed to unite the country while thanking his opponent for conceding defeat in a run-off vote.

Faustin Archange Touadera, a former prime minister, was declared the winner of the Feb 14 run-off on Saturday night, having garnered nearly 63% of the vote. His rival, Anicet Georges Dologuele, promptly acknowledged his defeat though he expressed concern about irregularities.

Many hope the vote will strengthen a tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left untold thousands dead and forced nearly 500 000 people to flee to neighbouring countries.

In his first remarks since the results were announced, Touadera said on Sunday he would bring together people from all regions and religions to make Central African Republic "united, cohesive and prosperous."

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