CAR sets new election dates after two-year conflict

The planned 2014 CAR elections have been postponed three times with new election dates now set

CAR sets new election dates after two-year conflict

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Central African Republic's election committee said Friday that presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on October 18, two years after sectarian fighting left hundreds dead in the country.

Guy Nzingazo, spokesman of the National Election Committee, announced that security measures will be taken for a nationwide constitutional referendum on Oct. 4 and parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for Oct. 18.

Nzingazo said the election board would find out the number of voters across country beginning June 27.

CAR descended into anarchy in 2013 when Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president.

Djotodia later stepped down and was replaced by President Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian, amid a wave of sectarian violence.

Since then, the country has been plagued by tit-for-tat violence between anti-Balaka militiamen and Seleka fighters.

On May 10, the warring predominantly Muslim Seleka and predominantly Christian anti-Balaka militias signed a deal to disarm, after two weeks of intense negotiations.

In June, Interim President Catherine Samba Panza signed a law that created a special court to look into crimes committed since the conflict started. 

Due to the crisis in the country, the planned 2014 CAR elections have been postponed three times.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Haziran 2015, 15:41