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Presidential Runoff in Central African Republic Set for May 8

Central African Republic says it will hold a second round of presidential elections on May 8.

President Francois Bozize made the announcement in a decree broadcast by local media Wednesday.

The second round of voting is necessary because no candidate won an outright majority in the first presidential poll on March 13.

President Bozize won nearly 43 percent of the vote, while former Prime Minister Martin Ziguele came in second with close to 24 percent of the vote.

The opposition says the poll was marred by fraud.

President Bozize took power in a coup two years ago. He initially said he would serve only as a transitional leader, but later changed his mind.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.