The former Prime Minister of the diamond-rich Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, has taken an initial lead in early results from the presidential election vote count which is now in its fifth day. Touadera, who headed the government from 2008 to 2013, is ahead in the CAR’s three biggest cities, according to a Bloomberg tally from Sunday’s vote results announced by the electoral commission. Results from several cities in the north of the country are yet to be announced, and it’s not clear when the commission will publish the final results.
The United Nations says the election is a first step toward ending lawlessness in the country since March 2013 when mainly Muslim rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize. His ouster was marked by widespread killings of civilians, triggering reprisals by a mainly Christian militia.