Central Africans vote in presidential run-off, hope for peace

An official van of the 'Autorite National Des Election' (ANE) carries ballot boxes and other voting materials in Bangui on February 13, 2016, on the eve of Central African Republic's second round presidential and legslative electionVoters in the Central African Republic began casting ballots on Sunday in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off which they hope will bring peace after the country’s worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960. The nation, dogged by coups, violence and misrule since winning independence from France, could take a step towards rebirth if the polls go smoothly. “What we want first and foremost is security to give a new impetus to the country,” said a soldier, who identified himself as Ndadder, as he patiently waited to vote in PK5, a Muslim-majority area in the capital Bangui which had been the scene of bloody religious violence.

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