Muslim women sit with their chidlren in a church where they took shelter on January 19, 2014 in Boali, some 100km north of Bangui. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG
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Eight candidates are in the running for the interim presidency in the strife-torn Central African Republic, the transitional parliament announced Sunday.Excluded from standing for president are any political officials who worked for Djotodia, party leaders, active soldiers, and anyone who has belonged to a militia or rebel group in the last 20 years.Some 4,400 African troops and 1,600 French soldiers have been deployed to try to restore order in the impoverished country, but both missions have been calling for back-up.In Boali, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) northwest of Bangui, the Red Cross said seven people have been killed since Friday.Some 700 Muslims, mostly women and children, have taken refuge the past two nights at the Catholic parish church in the town, according to the abbot, Xavier Fagba.Fagba said he was concerned over what would happen if the French troops left.
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