Voters in the Central African Republic queued for hours to cast their ballots in parliamentary and presidential elections. Three years of sectarian violence have failed to dim people's hopes that a new government can stabilize the country.
UN peacekeepers have not adequately protected Central African citizens from brutal attacks. But Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji praised their mission in an exclusive DW interview and voiced hope for reconciliation.
As the situation in the Central African Republic deteriorates, Archbishop Nzapalainga says the conflict isn't between Muslims and Christians. Rather faith is being manipulated in the struggle for power.
The government of the Central Africa Republic plans to hold further peace talks with rebel factions. But rights group, Human Rights Watch, wants rebel leaders to be held accountable for war crimes.
The UN's aid chief Stephen O'Brien has briefed the Security Council on the ethnic clashes in the Central African Republic. He echoed his own earlier comments that "the early warnings of genocide are there."
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