2nd LD Writethru: Central African Republic's defeated candidate says to respect interim election result

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Central African Republic's defeated candidate Anicet-Georges Dologuele said Saturday he will respect the provisional results released by the National Elections Authority (ANE).

"For the sake of peace, I choose to respect the provisional results published by the ANE," Dologuele told reporters.

Provisional results showed Dologuele, a former prime minister, got 37.29 percent of the votes cast in the Feb. 14 polls.

Faustin-Archange Touadera, also a former prime minister of the country, won 62.71 percent, the ANE said.

Touadera, aged 58, was a former vice-chancellor of Bangui University who served as prime minister during the regime of Francois Bozize between 2008 and 2013.

Central African Republic is trying to turn the page after three years of unprecedented violence since the March 2013 overthrow of Bozize by Michel Djotodia, leader of ex-rebel group, Seleka.

Out of a population of about 5 million, over 1.9 million were registered on the electoral lists of the NEA. Enditem

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