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C. Africa sapped by decades of strife and misrule

A UN peacekeeper sits on an armoured vehicle beside a campaign poster of Central African Republic second round presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera in Bangui on February 10, 2016Volatile Central African Republic, which votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest. The most recent unrest came after longtime president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown in March 2013 by Muslim rebels from the Seleka coalition, who were in turn ousted a year later by a military intervention led by former colonial ruler France. The events sparked the bloodiest sectarian violence in the country’s history as Christian militias sought revenge against their mainly Muslim foes.

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