Welcoming today’s announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations envoy for the country has invited the two candidates that will participate in an upcoming run-off poll, “to maintain the spirit of peace and restraint that has prevailed” throughout the process thus far. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, officially appointed today as the UN Secretary-General’s Special representative in the CAR, hailed the results of the first round of the presidential election announced by the National Elections Authority (ANE).
“He congratulates the two candidates, Anicet Georges Dologuélé and Faustin Archange Touadéra, who ranks respectively first and second in the 30 December 2015 election, and invites them to maintain the spirit of peace and restraint that has prevailed up-to-now,” said a statement issued by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSCA, and which Mr. Onanga-Anyanga now heads.
The statement goes on to note that the Special Representative calls on the two final participants in the second round to prepare their militants and sympathizers for a peaceful campaign mindful of civic responsibilities, in line with the spirit demonstrated by the Central African population along the electoral process. He stressed that the elected President will be that of all Central Africans.