This file photo taken on Dec. 28, 2015 shows then-Central African Republic (CAR)presidential candidate Faustin-Archange Touadera waving to supporters in Bangui. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Central African Republic's new president Faustin-Archange Touadera Wednesday pledged to "preserve peace" as he was sworn in after polls aimed at restoring stability following three years of turmoil.Former maths teacher Touadera, 58, was the surprise winner of February's presidential election – the first since the outbreak of a wave of inter-communal violence between Muslim and Christian militias that has killed thousands of people since 2013 .After Bozize's ouster, the former rebels ran amok, sacking villages in a wave of bloodletting that sparked fierce retaliatory attacks on minority Muslims by Christian-dominated militia.Touadera, who served as prime minister between 2008-2013 under Bozize, faces enormous challenges on both the security and economy fronts.Another former prime minister warned Touadera would struggle to raise revenues.
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