New presidential election results in Central African Republic show that a runoff will be held.

Two former prime ministers will now go head-to-head in a second-round vote on Jan. 31.

Thursday's results show Anicet Georges Dologuele with 23.8 percent of the vote. He will face Faustin Archange Touadera, who had 19.4 percent.

Central African Republic is holding the election to replace a transitional government that came to power two years ago after a rebel leader who seized power stepped aside.

Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims over the past several years has caused nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, and there have been fears that violence could intensify during the election period.

Thursday's results must be certified by the transitional government's constitutional court.