Ex-Bozize PM takes early lead in C.Africa presidential race

Central African presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera, pictured on December 28, 2015, garnered 23% of votes with a quarter of the ballots countedFormer prime minister Faustin Archange Touadera took a commanding lead in the Central African Republic’s presidential race on Sunday, garnering more than 23 percent of the vote with a quarter of the ballots counted, electoral officials said. Touadera, a 58-year-old former maths professor who was prime minister under longtime leader Francois Bozize from 2008 to 2013, was considered an outsider in the field of 30 candidates vying in an election seeking to turn the page on years of unrest. Running as an independent, he has scored more than 120,000 votes, while his closest rival for the top job, Anicet Georges Dologuele, also a former prime minister, has scored just over 68,500 votes, the elections authority’s rapporteur Julius Ngouade Baba said.

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