Central African Republic to go ahead with elections Sunday

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Election officials in Central African Republic say the long awaited presidential runoff vote will go ahead Sunday.

The announcement by the national election commission also said that a second attempt at holding credible legislative polls will take place the same day.

Commission President Marie-Madéleine N'Kouet Hoornaert confirmed that the votes will be held as scheduled.

The nation recovering from several years of intense communal violence between Muslims and Christians must now choose between two former prime ministers — both Christians.

The presidential runoff vote already has been delayed several times, raising concerns about whether Sunday's polls would go forward. Already the first legislative elections were annulled by the constitutional court, which cited widespread irregularities.

Nearly 1 million people have been displaced by the recent years of violence.