The head of Central African Republic's election body says a former prime minister who came in second during the first round of balloting has won the country's presidential runoff vote.

Marie-Madeleine Hoornaert N'Kouet announced Saturday that Faustin Archange Touadera earned 62 percent of the vote held on Feb. 14, defeating Anicet Georges Dologuele, another former prime minister who had been endorsed by the third-place finisher.

Central African Republic has been run by a transitional government since 2014, when a former rebel leader whose forces fought their way to power the previous year stepped down under intense international pressure.

Many hope the vote will solidify a tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left untold thousands dead and forced nearly 500,000 people to flee to neighboring countries.