Former prime minister leads in CAR’s presidential poll


CAR-pollFORMER Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera has on Sunday took a commanding lead in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) presidential race, garnering more than 23 percent of the vote with a quarter of the ballots counted.

Touadera, a 58-year-old a Professor of Mathematics 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 candidate, he had scored more than 120,000 votes, while his closest rival for the top job, Anicet Georges Dologuele, also a former prime minister, had scored just over 68,500 votes, the elections authority’s rapporteur Julius Ngouade Baba said.