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CAR: provisional results suggest surprise lead for outsider in presidential poll

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CAR: provisional results suggest surprise lead for outsider in presidential poll
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Provisional results from the presidential election in the Central African Republic have confirmed a surprise early lead for former Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera.

A former maths teacher as well as a politician, Touadera is considered an outsider by many analysts.

Thirty candidates contested the poll, which is likely to go to a run-off between the top two on 31 January.

Touadera was prime minister in the government of ex-President Francois Bozize, ousted in 2013 by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR has hailed the election as a “success”.