Michel Martelly stepped down, leaving a deeply divided country in the hands of a disputed interim government.
Plan for unity government was part of peace deal to end the civil war that began in 2013.
Early results show ex-premier Faustin Archange Touadera taking a surprise lead in presidential vote.
Hissène Habré is charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes during his 1982-90 rule.
by Michael Lerner Several countries ban fireworks and street carnivals over the risk of crime and violence.Africa,Burkina Faso,Christmas,Crime,fireworks,New Year's,Nigeria,Somalia,Tajikistan,terrorism,Michael Lerner
Presidential and parliamentary elections aim to restore stable government after years of turmoil.
Rwandans have voted overwhelmingly to allow President Paul Kagame to extend his term in office.
Forces seek three suspects linked to the hotel assault that left 19 dead.
Country wracked by violence since rebel group seized power in 2013.
by Lara Vergnaud Zuma is accused of using $23 million of state funds on renovations for his private residence, e.g., an amphitheater and swimming pool.Africa,Lara Vergnaud
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