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28 December - 3 January 2016

Weekly Media Monitoring report for the Central African Republic
Posted on January 13, 2016


Compiled by Christina Murphy

  1. Grenade blast in Bangui kills three ahead of elections
  2. CAR holds presidential and legislative elections
1. Grenade blast in Bangui kills three ahead of elections

Gondamoyen, Jean-Louis. "Central African Republic Grenade Attack Kills Three Before Vote." Bloomberg, 28 December 2015. In English.

  • Three people were killed in Bangui on 28 December when grenades were thrown at a vehicle used by supporters of presidential candidate Karim Mekassousa.
  • A local official blamed anti-balaka forces for the attack, a claim which was refuted by a spokesman for anti-balaka groups.
  • This attack took place two days before presidential and legislative elections, which were originally scheduled for 27 December.


2. CAR holds presidential and legislative elections

"Décryptage à Bangui des élections participatives malgré certaines irrégularités." Centrafrique Presse Info (CPI), 30 December 2015. In French.

  • Despite some irregularities, the presidential elections on 30 December saw a high rate of voter turnout in Bangui.
  • Several polling sites experienced delays and inconsistent hours due to the delayed arrival of election materials and missing documents.

 "A la Une: on a voté dans le calme en Centrafrique." Radio France Internationale (RFI), 31 December 2015. In French.

  • Voters went to the polls in CAR on 30 December and, despite some reports of irregularities, the elections were carried out peacefully.
  • Voter turnout was high and, unlike the constitutional referendum that took place on 13 December, there were no reports of violence or gunfire in Bangui.
  • Several West African media outlets hailed the election as a success and urged the presidential candidates to accept the results without protests. 
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