Central African Republic Armed Group Says It Won't Allow Vote

The leader of an armed group in the Central African Republic said he won’t allow the government to hold presidential elections scheduled this month in the territory he controls.

All government employees except doctors and teachers will be barred from entering the northeast of the war-torn country, Nourredine Adam, leader of the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic, said Monday in an e-mailed statement. Presidential and parliamentary elections are planned on Dec. 27 if a nationwide constitutional referendum can be held two weeks earlier, according to the electoral commission.

Adam served as security minister under ex-President Michel Djotodia, who was forced to resign in January last year. Adam was a top commander of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who brought Djotodia to power in a 2013 coup marked by the widespread killing of civilians, according to the United Nations, which has placed him on a sanctions list for committing human rights abuses.

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