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Voters in Central African Republic defy rebels, cast ballots in crucial referendum

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 01:10

Voters in the Central African Republic go to the polls to vote in a constitutional referendum, defying rebels' call for its cancellation. Diane Hodges reports.

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Voters in the Central African Republic line up to cast ballots in the capital city of Bangui. They're deciding the fate of a constitutional referendum seen as a dress rehearsal for a second poll later this month to elect a new president and parliament. Muslim rebels had threatened to block the poll, complaining that conditions, such as the return of refugees, had not been met. Election Authority Member Fabien Kodou says workers are doing their best, despite some problems. (SOUNDBITE) (French) NATIONAL ELECTIONS AUTHORITY MEMBER, FABIEN KODOU, SAYING: "We were missing certain things, including the electoral list. It's quite disorganized and there's nothing we could do about it. But we're trying our best and at least we had a good start." U.N peacekeepers were called to guard polling stations in the mainly Muslim P-K-5 neighborhood, after voters there complained they had been unable to vote. Nearly a million people were displaced by years of inter-religious fighting between Christian and Muslim militias which began in early 2013. This election is considered crucial to ending the violence and uniting the divisions within the country.

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Voters in Central African Republic defy rebels, cast ballots in crucial referendum

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 01:10