Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - Twenty of the 30 candidates in the presidential elections held on 30 December in the Central African Republic (see Fides 29/12/2015) yesterday, January 4, asked to stop the counting of votes, denouncing alleged fraud.
Candidates made the demand at a news conference, after nearly 40 percent of the country's vote had been counted. Partial results showed Faustin Archange Touadera, prime minister until 2013, prime minister under former President Francois Bozize, overthrown in 2013, leading with about 147,000 votes.
The vote took place without major incidents and was defined a "success" by the international community. The definite results are expected in a few days while a run-off will be held on January 31. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 05/01/2016)