Election officials bring ballot boxes to the central election commission warehouse to be processed in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Rivals in the Central African Republic's hotly-contested presidential run-off, seen as crucial to usher in peace after decades of turmoil, Wednesday traded accusations of fraud, influence peddling and intimidation.The two candidates are both former prime ministers who have campaigned on promises to restore security and boost the economy in the mineral-rich but dirt-poor and chronically unstable country.The first round on Dec. 30 was won by Anicet Georges Dologuele, a 58-year-old former central banker known as "Mr Clean" for his attempts to bring transparency to murky public finances when in office. The former maths professor, who is standing as an independent, surprised everyone by coming second in the first round with 19.4 percent.
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