High security in Central African Republic as vote count starts

Senegalese UN peacekeeping forces stand guard as people wait to vote at a polling station during presidential and legislative elections in Bangui on December 30, 2015UN troops stood guard over the main vote-counting centre in Bangui on Thursday after a peaceful election in the Central African Republic aimed at turning the page on years of inter-religious violence. While initial reaction to the voting process was positive, there were some reports of minor irregularities and the national electoral commission, admitting a number of “logistical difficulties”, urged candidates to use legal means to address any grievances. How the country dealt with any contentious issues “would be particularly important for the credibility of the elections”, the European Union said in a statement.

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