Central African Republic
12 February 2011
On 23 January, the delayed first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in Central African Republic took place, in which Martin Ziguélé, Leader of the SI member party the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC) was one of four presidential candidates standing against the incumbent François Bozizé. On the day of the polls, many irregularities were reported, including fictional, displaced or non-existent polling stations, rigged voter registration lists, duplicate voting cards and an absence of the legally required minutes in a number of polling stations.
These reports led to the withdrawal of the representatives of three of the four opposition candidates – Martin Ziguélé, Emile Gros-Raymond Nakombo and Jean-Jacques Demafouth, who together form the Collectif des forces de changement, CFC – from the independent electoral commission (CEI), in order to disassociate themselves from the results, which they rejected in advance of their publication due to anomalies in the electoral process, denouncing an “electoral hold-up, meticulously prepared and carefully executed by General Bozizé and his party”. Provisional results published on 2 February, awarded the election to Bozizé with 66.08% of the first round vote, followed by former president Ange-Félix Patassé (20.1%), Ziguélé (6.46%), Nakombo (4.64%) and Demafouth (2.72%).
Following the declaration by the CEI, Ziguélé, Nakombo and Patassé announced their decision to challenge the results in the Constitutional Court, charged with their verification, a challenge given greater impetus by the revelation on 5 February that the results from a quarter of polling stations had not been taken into account. An enquiry into the conduct of the simultaneously held legislative elections led to the arrest of three members of the CEI in Boganda, due to a failure to return the results from that constituency in their entirety. Provisional results from the first round of the legislative elections had given Bozizé’s Kwa Na Kwa (KNK) party outright victory in 26 of 105 seats, and the lead in the majority of those in which a run-off election will be contested. These results were rejected by Ziguélé and Nakombo as being part of the same flawed process that produced victory for Bozizé in the presidential election.
On Saturday 12 February, the Constitutional Court confirmed the results of the election, making only slight adjustments to the provisional scores announced by the CEI, placing Bozizé on 64.37% followed by Patassé in second place with 21.41% and Ziguélé in third with 6.8%. This predictable endorsement of the results of the CEI by the Constitutional Court, which translates into re-election for Bozizé without the need for a run-off vote, in contrast with the last presidential elections in 2005, was once more rejected as representative of a fraudulent vote by Ziguélé.
Report to the XXV SI Congress
1932 - 2017
1924 - 2017
Former Secretary General of the PSP, Lebanon
1937 - 2016
1930 - 2016
Member Party Congresses
1947 - 2016
2 April 2017
6 April 2017
9 April 2017
23 April 2017
11 June 2017
World Refugee Day
Report of the Secretary General
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
22 FEBRUARY 2016
In recent years the people of Africa have continued advancing and moving forward democratic governance in an important number of countries of the region. Today, more and more people in that continent enjoy freedoms and rights, a precondition for progress, development and peace. Members of the Socialist International in a good number of countries in Africa have been protagonists and actors of an era of change that has been bringing new opportunities and a new face to the political life of the continent. Nevertheless, authoritarianism, oppression and other evils of the past still linger in the political life of some of the countries in the region...
16 JANUARY 2016
The Socialist International vigorously condemns the terrorist attack carried out last night in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which has left 28 people dead from many different countries, responsibility for which has been claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims. 126 hostages were rescued by security forces following an operation to reclaim the hotel where the attack happened, during which a number of terrorists were killed. The Socialist International expresses its wholehearted solidarity with newly elected President Roch Marc Kaboré who assumed office at the end of December...
20 NOVEMBER 2015
The Socialist International is deeply saddened by the barbarous terrorist attack in Bamako early this morning, which has resulted in the death of numerous civilians in a hotel in the capital. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with all those who are suffering and grieving as a result of this cowardly act of terror against innocent people with no chance to defend themselves. This attack is also an attack against democracy and against the efforts of the government and people of Mali to move the country forward. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is a leader that has made us all proud in our International, for his statesmanship, courage and commitment to securing a way forward for peace, democracy and economic progress for all the peoples of Mali...
13 NOVEMBER 2015
The Socialist International warmly congratulates Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, NLD, on their historic victory following general elections held in Myanmar on 8 November. The results of these elections, in which close to 30 million people were eligible to vote, already show that with 80% of the contested seats now declared, the NLD have more than the two thirds needed to choose the President and put an end to more than 50 years of military rule. These elections, despite the role and influence of the military, has been seen as the first openly contested poll in Myanmar in twenty five years, when the NLD won by a large majority in national elections in 1990 but Aung San Suu Kyi was prevented from taking office by the military and spent several long periods under house arrest, which only ended in 2010....
14 NOVEMBER 2015
The Socialist International is deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific multiple terrorist attacks carried out last night in Paris by ISIS, which have left 129 dead and many injured. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims, our sympathy to all those who endured this heinous crime, and our solidarity with the entire French nation as it comes to terms with these events. The Socialist International underscores its firm support for and solidarity with President Hollande and his government as he firmly and decisively acts to confront this concerted scourge of terror that has hit France, and takes the necessary measures to protect its citizens...