Central African Republic -
  • 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...

  • 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...

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