Madagascar wants OIF to send observers to its December polls

Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Foreign Minister Marcel Ranjeva has urged the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) to send observers to the country's 15 December parliamentary elections.
A statement by the Ministry said Ranjeva is currently participating in the preliminary proceedings of the Francophonie Summit, which President Marc Ravalomanana is expected to attend at the Lebanese capital Friday.
It quoted the Minister, as saying the polls would be "free and fair.
" "Today, Madagascar is engaged in national reconstruction, and the strengthening of the democratic process.
"To this end, we reiterate our request for international aid and support from other countries for the smooth-running of the elections," the statement added.
Ranjeva expressed his country's commitment to the promotion of Francophone culture.
The Indian Ocean country is emerging out of a serious political crisis over disputed results of the 16 December 2001 presidential elections.

17 october 2002 21:38:00




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