The president of the Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra has won re-election in last month’s presidential election.
He secured almost 54% of the votes in the December 27 first round of voting, according to results from electoral commission.
Mathias Morouba, president of the National Election Authority (ANE) told journalists in the capital, Bangui that the president won an “absolute majority”.
Former Prime Minister, Anicet George Pologuele, finished in second with just 21% of the votes, while Martin Ziguele finished third with 7% of the votes.
A total of 16 candidates contested for the presidency including three women.
The results will now have to be officially validated by the Constitutional Court if there are possible appeals.
But some opposition candidates claimed the election was riddled with massive irregularities.
Prior to the vote last month, there was an offensive by a coalition of armed rebel groups which prevented thousands from voting.
The government accused the former President François Bozizé staging an attempted coup.
Bozizé who was barred from contesting in the election denied the allegation though, but said he supported the rebels.