Provisional election results in the Central African Republic showed that former prime minister, Faustin Archange Touadera, had a narrow lead in the presidential election. Nathan Frandino reports.
A lot is riding on this election. After years of inter-religious violence, the Central African Republic was awaiting final results from its presidential election Saturday. Initial results from the capital, Bangui, placed the country's former prime minister, Faustin Archange Touadera, with a narrow lead. Touadera pulled in nearly 31,000 votes in the city, around 2,000 more than his closest rival, Anicet sDologuélé. But it was unclear whether Bangui's results in the capital represented national sentiment. As counting continued, U.N. peacekeepers kept a close eye at voting stations, trying to prevent any violence from ruining what would be a major milestone in the transition to democracy.