Heavy fighting erupts during CAR referendum voting

Heavy fighting broke out in a Muslim enclave of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Sunday as people voted in a constitutional referendum.


Gunfire and the explosion of rocket-propelled grenades were heard in the PK5 neighbourhood, witnesses told the Reuters news agency.

The new constitution – seen as crucial to restoring stability in the restive country – is set to replace a transitional charter that currently governs the former French colony.

About one-quarter of CAR’s 4.7 million population has been displaced since March 2013, when Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew Christian president Francois Bozize.

Fighting has been ongoing between armed Christian groups and Muslim rebels since then.