Central African Republic Won't Suspend Vote Count, Minister Says

The interim government of the Central African Republic said it won’t suspend the vote count of the Dec. 30 presidential election after fifteen candidates demanded the process be halted because of irregularities.

The flaws cited by the candidates are “petty” and only the electoral authority can decide to stop the vote count, Modibo Bachir Walidou, minister of territorial administration, told reporters in the capital, Bangui, on Wednesday. 

Former Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera leads the race for president with about 40 percent of votes counted, the electoral authority said Tuesday. There were 30 candidates in the election, which didn’t register any incidents of violence.

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