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Vol 57 No 2

Published 22nd January 2016

Central African Republic

Democracy sans frontières

The first round of the presidential election was chaotic and flawed but the end of a disastrous transition is widely welcomed

The questions over the conduct and legitimacy of the presidential and legislative elections were well known (AC Vol 56 No 18). The electoral register was not worth its name, violence was widespread and the electoral commission was beset by controversy and resignations. Nevertheless France's determination would not be deflected: to draw a line under what it sees as a headache costing €800,000 (US$871,000) per day.

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