Central African Republic: Armed rebels destroy ballot boxes after poll
02 January 2021 | 7:29 am
Rebels attacked polling stations following presidential elections on Sunday. Meanwhile, officials found that over 14% of voting centers did not operate after attacks on voters and poll staffers.
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