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President Bozize Holds Commanding Lead in CAR Election


Partial results from Sunday's election in the Central African Republic show President Francois Bozize holding a commanding lead with more than 55 percent of the vote.

Electoral officials reported the results Friday with about one-third of the ballots counted.

They said former prime minister Martin Ziguele was a distant second with about 13 percent of the vote.

The announcement followed complaints about the election earlier this week from another presidential candidate, former vice president Abel Goumba. Mr. Goumba said the vote was not transparent, and his supporters reported incidents of ballot boxes being stolen or replaced.

Ten candidates ran against Mr. Bozize, who took power in a coup two years ago. Hundreds of candidates ran for seats in Central African Republic's 105-member parliament.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.