- Central African Republic has elected a new president
- The provional results show that, Faustin Touadera, is in the lead with 63%
- The new President has vowed to bring reconciliation in Niger
- Mr Touadera is a former maths professor who served as prime minister for Francois Bozize
Former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Touadera has been elected as president of the CAR.
In a run-off contest seen as an important step towards restoring peace, the provisional results showed Mr Touadera received almost 63% of the votes, defeating his opponent Anicet Dologuele who won just over 37%. The election results have to be certified by the Constitutional Court to become final.
Mr Touadera's campaign focused on restoring security and throughout the campaign, his supporters portrayed him as a peacemaker who can bridge the Christian-Muslim divide and boost the economy.
At a press conference on Saturday night Mr Dologuele said he would honour the results and recognize Mr Touadera as president despite reservations about voting irregularities.
Mr Touadera has vowed to encourage reconciliation and disarmament when elected as president.
"These elections are important but they are not the only step out of this crisis. We have to create the conditions for dialogue between the two communities. We will do everything we can so that Central Africans can live together in Central African Republic." he said.
Mr Touadera is a former maths professor who served as prime minister for Francois Bozize, who served as president for 10 years before being deposed in 2013.
CAR has been through a period of violent sectarian unrest with prolonged bloodshed, which began after the seizure of power by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels in 2013. It is estimated that about a fifth of the population became either internally displaced or forced to flee during the conflicts.