Union for Peace in Central Africa rebels have attacked a residential area near the capital Bangui, killing at least 10 civilians, said UN’s peacekeeping force.
The parliamentary election included run-off votes in 49 electoral districts and first round voting in 69 districts where violence stopped the vote from taking place in December.
A UN spokesman said the key cause of the deteriorating situation is the very high level of insecurity along the road link to Cameroon where over 1,600 trucks, with 500 carrying humanitarian supplies, remain blocked at the border since mid-December.
The country’s Constitutional Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by 13 of the 16 other candidates who argued the results were an outcome of “massive fraud."
The election commission says voters were brutalised and threatened with death in some areas during Sunday’s election.
Militias hostile to President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who is seeking a second term, have stepped up attacks since the constitutional court rejected several candidacies, including that of former President Francois Bozize, earlier this month.
The fighting began after traders in a mainly Muslim district called PK5 took up arms to oppose taxes levied by militia groups, an imam at a local mosque said.
Central African Republic signs agreement following two weeks of talks in Sudanese capital Khartoum. But peace is fragile as similar deals in 2014, 2015 and 2017 all fell apart.
The UN branch operating air services in the conflict-hit Central African Republic is running out of funds, jeopardising food and medical supplies for hundreds of thousands of people.
The UN mission in the restive African country says bodies were found in the central town of Alindao after armed groups clashed.
One of the world’s poorest nations has become a battleground for foreign powers and criminal gangs vying for influence over its vast diamond and gold resources.
The three journalists were working for a project funded by anti-Kremlin campaigner Mikhail Khodorkovsky. They went to Central African Republic to investigate the activities of the Wagner Group, a firm of Russian private military contractors.
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