Voters cast ballots on Wednesday in presidential and legislative elections that many hope will end more than two years of violence between Christians and Muslims in the country.
At least 30 people have been killed and more than 100 people injured in clashes that kicked off on Saturday in the capital city, sparking fears the country's interim president could be overthrown.
Militia members and protesters took the streets of Bangui on Sunday after a Christian neighborhood in the city was attacked in retaliation for the murder of a Muslim man.
A new report says armed groups in the war-torn country earn as much as $5.8 million annually from illegal taxation and the mining and sale of diamonds.
Ten groups in the war-torn nation have agreed to lay down their arms, potentially ending a cycle of retribution and ethnic cleansing that began in March 2013.