Touadera was elected in February 2016 but has since struggled to stem vicious intercommunal violence.

Uncertainty lingers over whether the elections will be held in the planned time frame due to delays in voter registration [File: Ashraf Shazly/AFP]

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has announced he will run in the December election in the country ravaged by more than seven years of civil war.

Touadera, 63, was elected in February 2016 with two-thirds of the vote, but has since struggled to stem vicious intercommunal violence in the poor, landlocked nation where armed groups control two-thirds of the territory.

“It is a heavy responsibility. A very heavy responsibility. I accept to be your candidate,” the head of state, who had been expected

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