Campaign takes off in C. Africa as 30 vie for president

Karim Meckassoua, an independent candidate supported by the National Unity Party, walks through the stadium in Bangui on December 5, 2015Campaigning kicked off in earnest on Tuesday in the Central African Republic, where no fewer than 30 candidates are running for president. The long-delayed presidential and parliamentary polls set for Sunday are aimed at ending more than two years of sectarian conflict. The result cleared the way for Sunday’s polls to turn the page on the conflict that erupted after a mainly Muslim rebellion overthrew longtime Christian leader Francois Bozize in 2013.

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