US: US pledges to help CAR 'find the peace it deserves'

Washington, US (PANA) - The US has pledged to help the Central African Republic (CAR), which goes to the polls on Sunday in the runoff of presidential and legislative elections, to find the peace and and stability it deserves after years of turmoil.

A press statement issued on Saturday by Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State, read: "As the Central African Republic sits on the cusp of historic elections that will bring the country’s political transition closer to an end, the United States expresses its solidarity with the Central African people and reiterates our commitment to continuing to help the country find the peace and stability it deserves.

"Central Africans clearly demonstrated their desire for a new path for their country, free from the past cycles of violence and instability, during the first round of elections on December 30. In pursuit of that goal, we fully support the Central African people in exercising peacefully and freely their right to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections on February 14. We strongly urge all candidates, political parties, and party supporters to use the country’s legal system to address any potential disputes."

Sunday's elections will see the election of a successor to interim president Catherine Samba-Panza in the final phase to complete the transition process by 31 March 2016.
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