OIF calls on Central African leaders to respect poll calendar

  Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) leaders on Saturday in Ouagadougou urged authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the dates set for presidential and parliamentary elections to mark the end of the country's transitional process.
In a declaration adopted at the end of a two day summit, the heads of state and government asked CAR authorities to ensure the smooth organisation of those elections in February 2005.
"We encourage the secretary general (of OIF Abdou Diouf) to accompany the ongoing electoral process and provide the necessary assistance together with international partners working for the success for this exercise," the Declaration stressed.
According to observers, the success of the transitional process in the Central African Republic also depends on the restoration of constitutional order, an essential pre-condition for any sustainable poverty alleviation in that country.
In March 2003, the current CAR military ruler, General François Bozize, toppled President Ange Felix Patasse, who was elected in 1993 and re- elected in 1999.
The CAR administration has issued an international arrest warrant against Patasse, who it accuses of "war crimes".
Patasse has been given political asylum in Togo.

28 november 2004 13:28:00




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