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Faustin Touadera declared winner of Central African Republic election

A former prime minister who came in second during the first round of balloting has won the country's presidential run-off vote, the head of Central African Republic's election body said.

Marie-Madeleine Hoornaert N'Kouet announced on Saturday that Faustin Archange Touadera earned 62% of the vote held on February 14, defeating Anicet Georges Dologuele, another former prime minister who had been endorsed by the third-place finisher.

Central African Republic has been run by a transitional government since 2014, when a former rebel leader whose forces fought their way to power the previous year stepped down under intense international pressure.

Many hope the vote will solidify a tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left untold thousands dead and forced nearly 500,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries.

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