Central African Republic -
  • OAU brokers agreement on Madagascar election crisis
    14 february 2002 09:01:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The incumbent Didier Ratsiraka and his challenger, Marc Ravalomanana, Wednesday consented to the organisation of a second round of voting in Madagascar's presidential election. Full text...

  • Libya appeals for moderation in Madagascar
    13 february 2002 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's African affairs ministry on Wednesday appealed to Malagasy politicians to use "wisdom and dialogue" in the search for a solution to the controversy created by the 16 December 2001 presidential election results. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana meet under OAU mediation
    13 february 2002 18:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar's two presidential candidates, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and rival Marc Ravalomanana, met for the first time Wednesday morning through the intervention of OAU Secretary General Amara Essy. Full text...

  • Air Madagascar loses 3 billion francs daily
    12 february 2002 23:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Air Madagascar's general manager James Andrianalisoa has disclosed that the company is losing 3 billion Malagasy francs daily as a result of the general strike which started 15 days ago. Full text...

  • Madagascar political opponents remain adamant
    12 february 2002 21:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday concluded a four-day mediation visit to Madagascar without resolving the stand-off between the island's two leading presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Air Madagascar resumes operation
    12 february 2002 08:11:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Air Madagascar resumed normal services at the weekend after the strike called by opposition presidential candidate, Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Francophonie mediators return from Madagascar
    11 february 2002 20:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) mediators Monday briefed the body's secretary general, Boutros Boutros Ghali, on their mission, whose objective was to find an end to Madagascar's political stalemate since the 16 December 2001 presidential election results were proclaimed. Full text...

  • Essy ends peace mission to Madagascar
    11 february 2002 13:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General, Amara Essy has ended his visit to Madagascar, as part of the OAU's intervention on the country's political crisis, the Foreign Ministry said Monday in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka rules out stay of Madagascar presidential run off
    11 february 2002 09:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Incumbent Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka has firmly ruled out any possibility of postponing the second round of voting due 24 February, in the country's controversial presidential poll. Full text...

  • Madagascar's former President calls for second ballot
    08 february 2002 17:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Madagascar President Albert Zafy said Friday in Paris that a second round of voting would be the only solution to the current political crisis in the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • CAR Army Chief escapes plane crash
    07 february 2002 18:10:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Central African Republic (CAR) Army Chief of Staff, Ernest Betibangui, narrowly escaped a plane crash Tuesday, military sources said in Bangui. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana stands firm as mediators arrive
    07 february 2002 15:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A day before Thursday's arrival of international mediators Thursday, Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana reiterated his refusal to participate in the 24 February second presidential ballot. Full text...

  • Francophonie sends fact-finding mission to Madagascar
    06 february 2002 18:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie parliamentary Assembly has sent a fact-finding mission to Madagascar to secure "objective information" on the current political stalemate in that island nation, the assembly announced Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • OAU/IOC joint mediation mission due in Madagascar
    05 february 2002 21:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A joint mediation mission of the OAU and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is due in Madagascar to help find a solution to the country's post-election crisis. Full text...

  • Antananarivo turns "dead city" Tuesday
    05 february 2002 14:55:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana has called on his supporters to stay at home Tuesday so as "to turn the capital city into a dead city and show that we are ruling the country. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana shifting his hard-line position
    03 february 2002 21:18:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Five days after a popular demonstration involving thousands of people in the Malagasy capital, political analysts say aggrieved presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana appears to be showing signs of appeasement and openness. Full text...

  • OAU is keen on political situation in Madagascar
    01 february 2002 07:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has expressed concern over the current political situation in Madagascar, saying the OAU is keenly following events there. Full text...

  • Political situation in Madagascar worries OAU scribe
    31 january 2002 13:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy is closely monitoring the situation in Madagascar following the announcement of the 16 December presidential election results by the country's High Constitutional Court (HCC). Full text...

  • Malagasy opposition leader urges army to disobey
    29 january 2002 19:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who won the highest number of votes during the 16 December 2001 the presidential poll, has called on the army and police to join the public protest against what he terms as fraudulent results. Full text...

  • Second-hand car sales drop in Morocco
    29 january 2002 19:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco(PANA) -- More Moroccan motorists are going for new cars instead of second-hand vehicles brought into the country by dealers, according to a recent market report. Full text...

  • Post-election strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    29 january 2002 08:19:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A general strike called by opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana was massively followed by at least half a million people who Monday swarmed the streets of the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo in protest against the official results of last December's presidential election. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    28 january 2002 20:41:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Thousands of people Monday participated in a general strike called by the Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who claims he obtained a first round victory in the 16 December 2001. Full text...

  • OAU calls for UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    28 january 2002 18:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU's Central Organ for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution has called on the UN Security Council to seriously consider the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Ravalomanana calls for general strike in Madagascar
    28 january 2002 13:59:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion Island (PANA) -- After rejecting the official results released by the High Constitutional Court (HCC), and in which he came first but fell short of an absolute majority, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana has on supporters for an unlimited general strike beginning Monday. Full text...

  • CAR female footballers bow to South African counterparts
    28 january 2002 12:55:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- In the first leg of the world football championship semi-finals, the Big Cats of Bas- Oubangui were beaten 0-2 by South Africa's Bafana Bafana at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui. Full text...

  • OAU central organ discusses situation in CAR, Zimbabwe
    26 january 2002 11:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The sixth meeting of the OAU central organ devoted to conflict resolution and prevention convenes in Tripoli Saturday on the political crisis in Central African Republic, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping force to be sent to CAR
    25 january 2002 22:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The OAU central organ on conflict resolution and prevention meets Saturday in Tripoli on the crisis in Central African Republic, the Libyan African Unity secretariat said Friday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana rejects the Madagascar High Court verdict
    25 january 2002 20:30:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- After the Constitutional High Court (HCC) requested a second round of voting in Madagascar's presidential election, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana has called on his supporters to demonstrate on Saturday in protest against the decision. Full text...

  • Court declares no winner in Malagasy polls
    25 january 2002 14:20:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy High Constitutional Court announced Friday in Matasoa, 50 km from Antananarivo that none of the six presidential candidates who contested the December 16 presidential election had obtained an absolute majority. Full text...

  • Dance and music festival underway in Bangui
    24 january 2002 23:53:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The traditional dance festival in Central African Republic was currently being held in Bangui. Full text...

  • Madagascar opposition wants incumbent's candidature revoked
    24 january 2002 23:40:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy High Constitutional Court (HCC) is to rule on a petition demanding the revocation of the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka's candidature at the 16 December presidential election, the results of which the court has until 28 January to pronounce. Full text...

  • Malagasy Election Council refuses to compare results
    22 january 2002 23:33:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The National Election Council in Madagascar (CNE), directed by the High Constitutional Court to compare conflicting returns posited on the 16 December presidential election, has refused to do so, saying the mission was beyond its competence. Full text...

  • Patasse warns military against coups
    21 january 2002 20:16:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African President Ange Felix Patasse has called on the chief of staff to "ensure that soldiers no longer engage in military coups" in the country. Full text...

  • Madagascar election: Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana stick to guns
    20 january 2002 12:19:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Challenger Marc Ravalomanana and the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka remain adamant in their positions on Madagascar's 16 December presidential election, as supporters of the former continued street protests Friday to press for a comparison of returns purported by both sides. Full text...

  • CAR's Speaker calls for action against embezzlers
    18 january 2002 20:22:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic's Speaker of Parliament Luc Apollinaire Dondon Konamabaye has called for exemplary sanctions against corrupt officers at the ministry of finance. Full text...

  • Malagasy opposition back on the streets of Antananarivo
    18 january 2002 12:02:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Support Committee of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana (KMMR), presumed to have scored an outright win at the Malagasy presidential election, was Friday set to relaunch demonstrations in the streets of the capital. Full text...

  • Benin to begin oil exploitation in June
    18 january 2002 09:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first oil exploitation tests in Benin are scheduled to take place between May and June 2002, official sources affirmed in Cotonou this week. Full text...

  • CEMAC Leaders Discuss Crisis in Central African Republic
    16 january 2002 21:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Sassou Nguesso of Congo has called on member states of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community, or CEMAC, to remove obstacles hindering their full integration. Full text...

  • Election observers call for donor pressure on Madagascar
    16 january 2002 14:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Observers at Madagascar's controversial presidential polls have urged donors to pressurise the government into comparing its results with those advanced by other parties involved in the election. Full text...

  • Bangui urges refugees to return home
    14 january 2002 20:34:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Defence Minister Pierre Angoi has called on runaway soldiers of Central African Republic to go back to the country. Full text...

  • IFHR urges respect of Madagascar's electorate
    14 january 2002 15:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (IFHR) has expressed serious concern about the conflicting claims in Madagascar's presidential election held on 16 December 2001. Full text...

  • OAU urges peace after presidential election in Madagascar
    11 january 2002 17:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU's organ on conflict prevention, management and resolution Friday urged Malagasy officials and others involved in the recent presidential poll to respect rules governing the electoral process. Full text...

  • Opposition supporters take to the streets in Antananarivo
    06 january 2002 19:56:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- More than 10 000 supporters of Malagasy opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana took to the streets of Antananarivo Saturday, demanding that he be proclaimed outright winner of the presidential election held last 16 December. Full text...

  • Opposition protests heighten over Madagascar presidential polls
    04 january 2002 11:04:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy security forces Friday cordoned off the city centre in Antananarivo to pre-empt a march there by supporters of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana in protest against official results of the 16 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Cyclone Cyprien wreaks havoc on Madagascar
    03 january 2002 14:02:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Cyclone Cyprien swept the western coast of Madagascar on Wednesday, leaving behind more than 1,000 victims in the city of Morombe, half-way between Morondava and Tulear. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana bursts into Malagasy political scene
    02 january 2002 21:17:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A major development in the Malagasy political scene was the lead the millionaire and Mayor of Antananarivo, Marc Ravalomanana (51), took over the incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka during the 16 December 2001 presidential election. Full text...

  • Patasse calls exiles back to Central African Republic
    01 january 2002 18:24:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic has urged exiled compatriots to return home, saying it was his wish that CAR becomes "once again an oasis of tranquillity for all. Full text...

  • Ambohimanga (Madagascar) royal palace on world heritage list
    27 december 2001 22:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The royal palace at Ambohimanga, in the suburb of the Malagasy capital Antananarivo, will be put on the world heritage list this week in Helsinki, Finland, the MATERA regional news agency reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Several people wounded during festivities in Madagascar
    26 december 2001 22:10:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were marred by violent incidents in Antananarivo, according to workers at the Joseph Andrianavalona Hospital in the Malagasy capital. Full text...

  • Controversy over Malagasy election results
    26 december 2001 13:08:00
    Antanarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The support committee for Marc Ravalomanana (KMMR) and the Consortium of Observers are contesting official results of the December 16 presidential election in Madagascar. Full text...

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