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The Senegalese Constitutional Council Thursday confirmed the results of last 3 Junes legislative polls

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The Senegalese Constitutional Council Thursday confirmed the results of last 3 Junes legislative polls, with the ruling Sopi Coalition sweeping 131 MP seats out of the 150 Parliament seats, APA has learnt.

The Takku Defaar Senegal party, And defaar Senegal and War wi collected three seats each while the Peoples Rally (RP) got 2.

The Convergence Pour Le Renouveau Citoyen (CRC), the Rally of Ecologists (RES), the Reform Movement for Social Development (MRDS), the National Patriotic Union – Tekki, the Social Democratic Party-Jant Bi and the Authentic Socialist Party (PSA) secured one seat each.

Among the fourteen parties and coalitions that contested the polls, only the Patriotic Rally (RP) led by Professor Ely Madiodio Fall failed to glean a parliament seat.

Some 5,004,096 Senegalese registered on the electoral rolls, but only 1,738,675 actually cast their ballots.

There were 18,349 spoilt ballot papers and 1,720,326 valid votes, according to the Constitutional Council.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway (APN)/ African Press International (API) Source.APA

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Minister slams NGOs

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2007

Maputo (Mozambique) Mozambican Health Minister Ivo Garrido on Thursday attacked non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in his country for being arrogant in dispensing work to local communities.

Opening a national conference on Community Involvement in Health Care in Maputo, Garrido said there were well-intentioned efforts by the NGOs to provide health services and health education to communities.

But this was not the same thing as community involvement, he pointed out.

“Lets be clear. In Mozambique, as in other parts of the world, we have witnessed ways of working with communities that are nothing but attempts to impose on those communities, in a more or less disguised way, what they ought to do.

These are improper and counter-productive ways of mobilising communities for health,” the minister said.

He added, “The problems are analysed by technocrats but solutions are cooked up in advance.

“The overall package is presented to the communities, supposedly to hear their comments, but in practice it is expected that they (communities) will approve” it.

The mere fact of working alongside communities and their leaders should not be confused with mobilising communities for promoting their own health, he argued.

Garrido said he wanted to see this national conference making a break with uncoordinated and sometimes improper practices of the NGOs.

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Footballers get orders from FIFA

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2007

Bamako (Mali) The International Football Association (FIFA) has ordered Malian internationals Mahamadou Diarra alias Djilla, and Fredric Oumar Kanout to immediately join their respective Spanish clubs, Real Madrid and FC Seville, ruling them out from their countrys tie as part of the 5th day of the Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifiers, APA learnt from reliable sources here.

Defending midfielder and captain Diarra and forward Kanoute received the order as they were building up in Bamako ahead of their national squads match Sunday against Sierra Leone.

FIFA said the decision is founded on the fact that Real Madrid and FC Seville, which employ Diarra and Kanout, respectively, are due to clash on Sunday for a major competition title.

Solidarity with national teams in general and African federations in particular does mean it cannot be expressed with clubs playing a major competition title, the world football governing body wrote Thursday to the Malian Football Association (FMF).

Spanish Champions League leaders Real Madrid and FC Seville (3rd) will lock horns Sunday in the last day of the contest, which will see either team crowned Spanish champion.

While FIFA regards the 15-17 June period as an international date for the CAN 2008 qualifiers, it was just appended to the international match schedule during last 22-23 Marchs Executive Committee meeting held in Zurich (Switzerland).

According to FIFA, this date cannot be as binding as the others in the international match schedule.

Mali stands second in group 6 with 6 points, behind Togo (9pts) but ahead of Benin (5 pts) and Sierra Leone (1pt).

Published by African Press in Norway (APN)/ African Press International (API) Source.APA

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