BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Hundreds of residents in the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic’s capital marched to demand that armed groups withdraw and allow them to vote.
PK5 residents marched to the headquarters of the U.N. mission Wednesday asking the international body to help dislodge armed elements, helping allow for the free movement of people and goods.
Five people died in attacks in PK5 meant to prevent voting on a constitutional referendum Sunday. They were able to vote without incident Monday.
Pope Francis visited the area more than two weeks ago, calling for peace and reconciliation between the Christian and Muslim militias.
The nation has been highly volatile since early 2013. A Muslim militia head has declared an autonomous state in the north, which was denounced by the government.
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