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The spectre of a third man, exiled former ruler Francois Bozize, looms just as heavily over the presidential run-off vote on Sunday. Central African Republic, a majority Christian country rich in gold, uranium and diamonds but too unstable to mine them profitably, has been torn between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian "anti-balaka" militias since the rebels ousted Bozize in early 2013. Seleka withdrew from Bangui in 2014 and an interim president was named to lead a transition to democracy.
By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African police fired stun grenades on Thursday to disperse crowds outside parliament, hours before the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma, whom the opposition accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy. Backed by several armoured vehicles, mounted police and a water cannon, police scuffled with protesters outside the assembly as opposition supporters clashed with Zuma supporters. Zuma's speech is expected to highlight policies to revive a flagging economy, hampered by years of weak growth, at a time the president is under fire over a taxpayer-funded 250 million (then $23 million) upgrade to his private home.