Tuesday, March 1, 2016 5:14 pm
About 62 per cent of voters in the Central African Republic chose Touadera, who was once a prime minister under ousted leader Francois Bozize, in a run-off that could cap nearly three years of political, communal and religious conflict.
The country suffered the worst crisis in its history in early 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters toppled Bozize.
The Christian so called anti-Balaka militias responded by attacking the Muslim minority.
A fifth of the population has fled their homes to escape the violence.
“Since the majority of votes were obtained by Touadera, the court proclaims Faustin-Archange as president of the Central African Republic,” said Zacharie Ndouba, the president of the court.
The court also announced it had rejected complaints lodged against the election by candidates who had supported Touadera’s opponent, Anicet-Georges Dologuele, and had asked for a recount or cancellation of the results.
Immediately after the decision, shouts of joy and car horns could be heard on the streets of Bangui, echoing the city’s response after the electoral commission announced initial results two weeks ago.
Touadera, who has pledged to make peace and disarmament his priorities, will be sworn in on March 25.