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Elections postponed in CAR

By on December 26, 2015

Legislatives and presidential elections in the Central African Republic have been postponed from Sunday until Dec. 30because preparations are running late, Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun said on Thursday.

The polls are meant to restore democratic rule in the aftermath of bitter conflict in CAR after former president Bozize was chased by a rebellion in 2013.

Ballots for the presidential and legislative elections, printed abroad, only arrived in the capital Bangui in the last few days and have yet to be distributed to polling stations across a nation with few roads.

Kamoun said a Dec. 13 constitutional referendum had also exposed shortcomings in the training of election workers.

“Most of the poll workers didn’t have the level required,” he said.

Central African authorities are under heavy international pressure to move ahead with polls to replace the current transitional administration.

A U.N. source, who asked not to be named, said foreign diplomats had proposed a one-week postponement of the polls during meetings with Central African authorities.

The fighting between rival militias degenerated into a conflict between Christians and Muslims that has led to de facto partition of the country.

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