C. Africa constitutional reform clears way for new vote Sunday

Central African Republic transitional President Catherine Samba Panza (R) arrives at a hotel in Bangui on December 9, 2015, as presidential candidates gather to sign a code of conduct agreed for elections to be held on December 27Voters in the troubled Central African Republic overwhelmingly backed a constitutional referendum, clearing the way for parliamentary and presidential polls on Sunday. The poor former French colony is trying to get back on its feet since being plunged into conflict after a mainly Muslim rebellion overthrew longtime Christian leader Francois Bozize in 2013. Violence marred the December 13-14 balloting, with five people killed and 20 injured in an attack in the flashpoint Muslim-majority PK-5 district of Bangui.

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