Central African Republic declares first elected president in three years
Following the annulment of the results of the National Assembly by the Transitional Constitutional Court and the inability of candidates to receive more than 50% majority of the votes in the first round of the elections, a second round of the presidential elections and re-run of the parliamentary elections were held on 14 February 2016 , with run-offs on 31 March 2016.
The former prime minister of Central African Republic Faustin Archange Touadera won the presidential elections. Main rival Georges Dologuele, a former prime minster who was leading the polls in the first round, accepted the result that put Touadera on 63% of the ballot cast.
In a press conference, Dologuele said he would accept the results and recognise Touadera as president, although he expressed concern about irregularities in the electoral process.
Faustin Touadera is the first elected president of the country in three years. He is the first elected leader since muslim rebels overthrew the government.
Touadera and Dologuele are christians and campaigned on promises to help reunify a country plagued by sectarian violence that exploded in 2013 between christians and muslim militias.
Crowds danced and jubilated into the night in the streets of the capital Bangui, where many people had been killed during three years of inter-communal strife.
“It’s the Central African Republic people who have won tonight,” said a motorcycle taxi driver. “Now we all have to rally behind Touadera to rebuild the country”