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  • 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...

  • Francois Bozize's supporters released in Bangui
    25 december 2001 19:12:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic authorities on Sunday released the remaining group of people who had been detained for their alleged involvement in a putsch led by the fugitive former army chief of staff, Francois Bozize. Full text...

  • Observers criticise polling exercise in Madagascar
    25 december 2001 17:33:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- At its first news conference since the 16 December elections in Madagascar, the Consortium of Election Observers has severely criticised the conduct of those polls. Full text...

  • Independent observers offer to mediate in Malagasy election
    21 december 2001 21:35:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Independent observers who monitored the 16 December presidential election in Madagascar have offered to harmonise the divergent poll results being put out by supporters of the leading two candidates, Marc Ravalomanana and Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • Madagascar: gap between Ravalomanana and Ratsiraka narrows
    19 december 2001 10:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- As the results of Sunday's presidential election arrive at the Malagasy Interior Ministry, the gap between the scores of the two leading contenders, Marc Ravalomanana and Didier Ratsiraka, seems to be narrowing. Full text...

  • Local daily predicts victory for Ravalomanana
    18 december 2001 19:27:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The daily Midi Madagascar Tuesday predicted victory for Marc Ravalomanana in the first round of the Malagasy presidential elections. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana leads in Madagascar's Sunday polls
    18 december 2001 10:53:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Mayor of Antananarivo Marc Ravalomanana, was ahead of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka in four of Madagascar's six provinces, according to partial results from Sunday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Observers allege poll irregularities in Madagascar
    18 december 2001 09:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A group of poll observers has reported alleged irregularities on the voters list used in some provinces during Sunday's presidential poll in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Patasse rules out amnesty for coup plotters
    16 december 2001 19:55:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- Central African Republic's President Ange-Felix Patasse has ruled out any form of amnesty for those who tried to oust him from power. Full text...

  • Central African Republic donors to meet in Paris Thursday
    16 december 2001 17:30:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic's Prime Minister Martin Ziguele left Bangui Sunday for Paris to attend a donors conference scheduled to start in the French capital next Thursday. Full text...

  • Voters in Antananarivo massively cast ballots
    16 december 2001 11:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy voters on Sunday calmly thronged polling stations in the capital, Antananarivo, to massively cast their ballots in a presidential election pitching six candidates. Full text...

  • Malagasy voters hold presidential election
    16 december 2001 10:27:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- More than 7 million Malagasy voters early Sunday began casting their ballots at some 16,500 polling stations to elect a president from six candidates vying for the position. Full text...

  • Candidates end campaigns for Malagasy presidential poll
    15 december 2001 20:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his main challenger, Marc Ravalomanana, the Mayor of Antananarivo, were Saturday winding up electioneering ahead of Sunday's presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • Council of Malagasy Churches calls for vigilance
    15 december 2001 14:31:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Ecumenical Council of the Christian Churches of Madagascar (FFKM) has appealed to Christians throughout the country to exercise vigilance during Sunday's poll. Full text...

  • Newspaper fear unrest on polling day in Madagascar
    14 december 2001 23:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Stephane Jacob, editor of "Midi Madagascar", has expressed fears over the rising tension in the run-up to Sunday's presidential election in the island nation, noting that the tension was "higher than during the constitutional crisis of 1991". Full text...

  • Controversy flares as election approaches in Madagascar
    14 december 2001 10:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Complaints have been raised against the Malagasy National Statistics Institute (INSTAT) for numerous anomalies observed in the electoral roll and on polling cards, the MATERA agency reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO puts Ambohimanga Palace on world heritage list
    12 december 2001 13:49:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Ambohimanga Royal Palace on the outskirts of Antananarivo will be registered this week on UNESCO's world heritage list, the regional news agency, MATERA, said. Full text...

  • Madagascar's presidential campaign now on homestretch
    11 december 2001 23:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Six candidates in the presidential election to be held 16 December in Madagascar have been on the campaign trail, canvassing for votes with only a week to go before polling day, MATERA agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka denies scheming to rig Madagascar's election
    11 december 2001 22:13:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The incumbent Didier Ratsiraka has dismissed opposition claims that he was scheming to rig Madagascar's presidential election coming up 16 December. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Libya bankroll G77 Healthcare Programme
    10 december 2001 13:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Libya are to contribute 5. Full text...

  • Death of MPs troubles Central African Republic Speaker
    06 december 2001 15:29:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic National Assembly president, Luc Apolinaire Dondon Konamabaye, has expressed concern at the loss of two MPs within a period of two months. Full text...

  • CEMAC seeks solution to crisis in the Central African Republic
    06 december 2001 14:18:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Leaders of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) Wednesday rose from an extraordinary summit in Libreville, Gabon reaffirming their commitment to lasting peace and stability in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Antananarivo's mayor criticised by other candidates
    05 december 2001 22:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Antananarivo's current Mayor Marc Ravalomanana has become the main target of criticism by other candidates contesting the 16 December Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • Rival candidates criticise the mayor of Antananarivo
    05 december 2001 21:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Some presidential candidates in Madagascar have amplified criticisms against Mayor Marc Ravalomanana of Antananarivo, who is also a candidate, for failure to clean the city, the Indian Ocean agency (MATERA) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chiluba hails Khartoum Summit on Central African Republic
    04 december 2001 12:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba has commended the just-ended mini-Summit in Sudan and expressed optimism that peace would soon return to the troubled Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Regional leaders agree on Peacekeeping force for CAR
    04 december 2001 12:01:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A regional mini-Summit on the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) ended in Khartoum, Sudan Monday night, with an agreement to set up a peacekeeping force to be deployed to that troubled country. Full text...

  • Film star warns of imminent AIDS explosion in Madagascar
    03 december 2001 20:47:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy film director, Solo Randrasana warns in his latest production, Liza, against trivialising AIDS in the country where "explosive relaxation of sexual behaviours" exists. Full text...

  • President Patasse to attend Khartoum and Libreville meetings
    03 december 2001 12:57:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic is in Khartoum, Sudan to attend a meeting of Sahel Community Heads of State on the conflict between his government and troops loyal to dismissed Army chief of staff Francois Bozize, now on exile in Chad. Full text...

  • Madagascar grants election observers accreditation
    03 december 2001 12:44:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- About 20 organisations have so far been approved as observers for the 16 December presidential election in Madagascar, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE). Full text...

  • CEMAC, SIN-SAD discuss Central African unrest
    01 december 2001 19:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) will meet Monday in Libreville at the initiative of Gabonese President Omar Bongo, to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Central African Republic to re-examine relations with France
    29 november 2001 20:35:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic (CAR), wants his country and former colonial power France, to "re-examine" their bilateral relations. Full text...

  • EU calls for free and fair elections in Madagascar
    28 november 2001 14:24:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union said Wednesday in Brussels that it was keenly following preparations for the 16 December presidential elections in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Rebels supporting General Bozize flee to Chad
    28 november 2001 11:43:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Rebels supporting General Francois Bozize were at the weekend driven out of two areas they had occupied last week in northern Central African Republic, an independent source has confirmed. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader deplores CEMAC's silence over CAR crisis
    28 november 2001 00:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon Tuesday deplored what he said was the nonchalance of member countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), in the face of the tensions in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Govt forces regain control of two Central African towns
    27 november 2001 23:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Government forces in the Central African Republic are reported to have regained control of the towns of Kabo and Batangafo in the north of the country, spokesman for the Presidency, Prosper Ndouba, told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malagasy band participates in French music festival
    27 november 2001 23:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- N'Java, a band from Madagascar, is expected to take part in the six-day 23rd modern dance and music festival of Rennes (western France) scheduled to start Tuesday, the organisers said. Full text...

  • Shop employees form trade union in Madagascar
    27 november 2001 17:47:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- About 20,000 employees of duty-free shops in Madagascar have formed an association to protect their rights and interests, MATERA news agency has reported. Full text...

  • Madagascar presidential election campaigns roll off
    26 november 2001 23:47:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The six candidates in Madagascar's presidential election coming up 16 December officially began their campaigns on Sunday. Full text...

  • Stepping up anti-Trypanosomiasis campaign in Central Africa
    25 november 2001 18:30:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Health Ministers from Central African countries have at their just-ended meeting in Bangui, agreed to intensify the fight against Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Madagascar gets 600 new polling stations
    23 november 2001 16:54:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy Interior Ministry has announced the creation of 600 additional polling stations for the country's next presidential elections on 16 December. Full text...

  • New car assembly plant for Madagascar
    23 november 2001 13:43:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Construction Automobile de Madagascar (CAM), is setting up a car assembly in Sambaina, 45-km west of the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, officials of the Company said. Full text...

  • Bangui authorities say Bozize supporters can return home
    23 november 2001 07:50:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Defence minister in the Central African Republic, Pierre Angoa, has appealed to soldiers and security agents who escaped to neighbouring Chad with Gen. Full text...

  • Madagascar takes full advantage of AGOA
    19 november 2001 23:07:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A forum on the US AGOA law which favours more trade between America and African countries has praised Madagascar for taking full advantage of the act by substantially increasing exports to the US, the sub-regional news agency, MATERA, said. Full text...

  • CAR president blasts Central African military
    19 november 2001 11:25:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African president Ange-Félix Patasse has strongly criticised his country's military, denouncing their "indiscipline, politicisation and the embezzlement of equipment and daily food rations of soldiers". Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses Central African Republic's affairs with Annan
    18 november 2001 15:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Bangui Govt. to determine workers' salary arrears
    17 november 2001 18:11:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Central African government plans to appoint an independent audit to determine the actual amount owed the country's civil servants, Prime Minister Martin Ziguélé has announced. Full text...

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