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The Central African Republic held presidential elections yesterday amid violence between government and rebel forces. Three UN peacekeepers were killed and two injured in attacks preceding the election. This article from the BBC provides an overview of the situation. "The CAR is one of Africa's poorest countries, even though it is rich in resources like diamonds and uranium. The UN, which has nearly 13,000 peacekeepers on the ground, estimates that half of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance and up to a fifth have been displaced." Election results are expected on January 4. If one candidate does not receive more than 50% of the vote, a second round will be held in February.

"Central African Republic Election Held Amid Violence" - BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55458427

CIA World Factbook - Central African Republic

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ct.html

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