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  • Mudavadi accuses opposition agents of vote buying in Kenya
    27 december 2002 13:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's incumbent vice president Musalia Mudavadi Friday claimed opposition agents had infiltrated his home constituency, buying votes in order to rig him out. Full text...

  • ex-Nigerian rebel leader to run for president
    27 december 2002 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The man who led the eastern part of Nigeria in a failed secessionist bid that led to a 30-month civil war, from 1967-70, has emerged as the consensus presidential candidate of opposition party All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for the 2003 general elections. Full text...

  • Peace prevails in Nairobi as Kenyans vote
    27 december 2002 12:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Voting got off to peaceful start in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, as thousands thronged polling stations to elect a new president, parliamentarians and civic authorities. Full text...

  • Kenya's presidential candidates vote with confidence to win
    27 december 2002 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four of the leading presidential contenders were among the first Kenyans to cast their ballots and expressed confidence that they would form the next government after winning the polls. Full text...

  • Kenya's Eastern province sees minor electoral violence
    27 december 2002 11:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Voting in Gachoka constituency, Embu district, the home turf of former State Minister Joseph Nyagah started on a sour note with incidents of violence pitting ruling Kanu parliamentary candidates and those of the mainstream opposition party, Narc. Full text...

  • Polling delayed in Northern Kenya districts
    27 december 2002 10:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ballot boxes and papers have not reached several polling stations in northern Kenya and Tana River district on the Kenyan coast six hours after voting began Friday in the landmark general elections in the country. Full text...

  • President Moi reaffirms commitment to hand over power
    27 december 2002 10:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After casting his vote in Sacho of Baringo district, his birthplace in northern Kenya, retiring President Daniel arap Moi Friday reaffirmed his commitment to hand over power to the winner of presidential elections being held in the country. Full text...

  • Chiefs fired for supporting opposition parties
    27 december 2002 08:14:00
    Nairobi-Kenya (PANA) -- Two powerful chiefs in Kenya's Kilifi district of Coast province were fired ahead of the general elections in Kenya, for allegedly campaigning for opposition parties, the daily East African Standard reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyans crowd polling stations to cast votes
    27 december 2002 07:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over ten million Kenyan voters braved the chilly morning weather and poured at polling stations Friday in drones to elect a new president, parliament and local government authorities in what doubles up as transfer of power, following the retirement of incumbent President Daniel arap Moi on 5 January. Full text...

  • EU funds mediation efforts in CAR crisis
    26 december 2002 23:58:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has disbursed 400,000 euro to finance efforts by the African Union (AU) to mediate peace in the Central African Republic (CAR), sources in Brussels indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Lawyers pick on US at trial of suspected Saudi terrorists
    26 december 2002 23:35:00
    Casablanca- Morocco (PANA) -- At the trial in Morocco of three presumed Al Qaida network operatives accused of plotting attacks on Western interests in the Strait of Gibraltar, the defence counsel Thursday took a swipe at Washington's current anti- terrorist policy. Full text...

  • 72 Sierra Leonean ex-combatants train in driving
    26 december 2002 22:08:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Seventy-two ex-combatants have enrolled at a driving school in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone under the auspices of the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR). Full text...

  • CEMAC troops deploy in Central African Republic
    26 december 2002 21:52:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- General Mohamed Achim Ratanga of Gabon, named to head a peacekeeping force of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) affirmed Thursday that the force had begun its mission in Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Palestinian Foreign Minister
    26 december 2002 21:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday received Farouk Kaddoumi, Foreign Minister and head of the political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), official sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Kabila plans political forum 5-6 January 2003
    26 december 2002 20:34:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila plans a forum 5-6 January 2003, of all political stakeholders in the country to save the peace accord signed recently in Pretoria, the press reported in Kinshasa Thursday. Full text...

  • 2002: A 'mixed bag' for refugees, says UNHCR
    26 december 2002 19:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Describing 2002 as a "mixed bag," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday predicted that next year could be worse should the US threatened war on Iraq trigger a fresh exodus of civilians in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Mali-based MPCI accuse France of partiality
    26 december 2002 19:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A group of Ivorians based in Mali who claim to be members of the rebel Ivorian Patriotic Movement (MPCI) on Thursday accused France of lacking neutrality in the crisis that has rocked their country since 19 September. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire reopens embassy to Cameroon
    26 december 2002 18:28:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's new ambassador to Cameroon Laurent Ayoman Ambohale on Thursday presented his credentials to the country's external relations minister, Francois-Xavier Ngoubeyou. Full text...

  • Central African opposition denies rapprochement with Patasse
    26 december 2002 18:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Opposition parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) grouped under a "platform" created on 7 December denied here Thursday that they had initiated rapprochement with President Ange-Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Official orders Ivorian soldiers to attack rebels
    26 december 2002 16:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Assistant Defence and Civil Protection Minister, Bertin Kadet Thursday ordered the national armed forces to attack rebel positions in the West of the country. Full text...

  • Bissau's opposition suggests elected judges to oversee polls
    26 december 2002 16:21:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- To guarantee neutrality, opposition parties in Guinea Bissau have called for elected Supreme Court judges be charged with the organisation of the 23 February 2003 parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • Kenyan political parties use adverts to atract votes
    26 december 2002 16:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With a few hours left before Kenyans go to the polls, politicians from the two leading parties -- Kanu and Narc -- have opened a new battle front away from political rallies, though equally intense. Full text...

  • Deposed Ugandan dictators excluded from amnesty act
    26 december 2002 15:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's Attorney General Francis Ayume has clarified that the country's deposed former presidents Idi Amin Dada and Apollo Milton Obote are excluded from the amnesty act adopted by the government two years ago. Full text...

  • Call for placement of Cote d'Ivoire under UN trusteeship
    26 december 2002 14:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several Ivorian associations based in Paris on Thursday suggested Cote d'Ivoire be placed under United Nations trusteeship to prevent its disintegration in the aftermath of the 19 September military insurrection. Full text...

  • Kaunda urges Kenyans to accept peaceful transition
    26 december 2002 13:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has called on Kenyans to borrow a leaf from his country's political transition by accepting the people's verdict in Friday's general elections. Full text...

  • Deeply rooted family feud features in Kenyan elections
    26 december 2002 13:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled Friday in Kenya will somewhat rekindle decades of political feud between two of the country's best known families -- the Kenyattas and the Odingas. Full text...

  • Kenyans set to vote Friday
    26 december 2002 11:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans go to polls Friday to elect a new president, parliament and local government representatives as President Daniel arap Moi retires from active politics by 5 January 2003. Full text...

  • Kenyan military cleared to vote
    26 december 2002 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For the first time in Kenya's post independence history, soldiers have been cleared to vote in national elections and they expect to exercise that franchise Friday. Full text...

  • Yerodia Ndombasi proposes nationalist movement in DRC
    26 december 2002 10:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Former foreign minister Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi has proposed a movement called "Union of Congolese Nationalists and Patriots (UNPC), with a mission to group all Congolese nationalists and patriots to defend the Nationalist ideology". Full text...

  • 60,000 killed in DR Congo's Ituri region in three years
    26 december 2002 09:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 60,000 people were killed, 50,000 houses burnt and 500,000 people got displaced in DR Congo's Ituri region between 1999 and September 2002, a reliable source at the UN Observer Mission in the country (MONUC) here said. Full text...

  • Mubarak consults Kadhafi on issues affecting Arab League
    26 december 2002 09:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Mauritanian political prisoner gets EU passport
    25 december 2002 20:44:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- European parliamentarians have reportedly decided to grant "a passport for freedom" to Mauritanian opposition leader Chibih Ould Cheikh Malainine who was imprisoned in April 2001 at Aioun El Atrouss, 800-km east of Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Minister accuses Burundian rebels of violating Arusha truce
    25 december 2002 17:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian defence minister Major General Vincent Niyungeko has accused the rebel Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) of violating the cease-fire the two sides signed on 3 December in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Guinean president, Conte hospitalised in Morocco
    25 december 2002 17:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Guinean President General Lansana Conté has been admitted to the Mohamed V military hospital in Rabat, diplomatic sources said Wednesday in the Moroccan capital. Full text...

  • Only registered voters will cast ballots in Kenyan polls
    25 december 2002 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Electoral Commission announced here that only voters whose names appear in the 2002 election register will cast their ballots during Friday's general elections. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau parties prepare for crucial polls
    25 december 2002 15:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Political parties in Guinea Bissau are bracing for the 23 February 2003 parliamentary elections in which President Kumba Yala's ruling Social Renovation Party (PRS) hopes to secure a majority in the 120-seat National Assembly. Full text...

  • Niger cannot choose uranium buyers, says Premier
    25 december 2002 14:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- "Niger cannot sell its uranium to whomever it wants, since it does not have the technological means nor the military capacities, nor even the power to do so," Prime Minister Hama Amadou said on national television here. Full text...

  • Voter registration officers demand pay in Guinea-Bissau
    25 december 2002 14:56:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Non permanent members of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and voter registration officers are demanding the payment of 160 million francs CFA which the government owes them before the start of the electoral process early parliamentary elections on 23 February. Full text...

  • Renewed fighting in DR Congo worries African Union
    25 december 2002 14:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The interim chairman of the African Union Commission, Amara Essy, has expressed grave concern about the resumption and the intensification of fighting in the Ituri and South Kivu regions in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Niger cannot choose uranium buyers, says Premier
    25 december 2002 14:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- "Niger cannot sell its uranium to whomever it wants, since it does not have the technological means nor the military capacities, nor even the power to do so," Prime Minister Hama Amadou said on national television here. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau gets new political party
    24 december 2002 23:51:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Popular Manifesto (MP), a party created by the former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Fudut Imbali was registered Monday by the Supreme Court, according to the party's leadership. Full text...

  • Burundi denies sending troops to DR Congo
    24 december 2002 23:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has refuted allegations that it had deployed troops and military equipment to back the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) currently locked in fresh fighting with pro-government Mai-Mai militiamen in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with the Arab League secretary general
    24 december 2002 23:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi held talks Monday evening in Tripoli with Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa on the situation in the Arab region and the new Arab summit. Full text...

  • Portuguese delegation to visit Bissau over broadcasting row
    24 december 2002 21:20:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- A Portuguese delegation including representatives of government and the State Radio and Television (RTP), is expected to visit Bissau soon, to try and end a row over recent suspension of RTP programmes and expulsion of the station's correspondent from Guinea Bissau, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Chambas introduces ECOWAS force Commander to Gbagbo
    24 december 2002 21:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday in Abidjan received the ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas, for talks on the crisis in that country, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • Municipal by-election in Cotonou Sunday
    24 december 2002 20:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Voters in the 12th District of Cotonou will return to the polls Sunday to elect their municipal councillors, a government decree announced Tuesday in the Benin capital. Full text...

  • Guinean government rehabilitates Sekou Toure
    24 december 2002 20:44:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- President Lansana Conte of Guinea has restored the rights of his predecessor Ahmed Sekou Toure, who died of a heart attack way back 26 March 1984 in Cleveland, US. Full text...

  • Mauritius removed from London's list of 'risky countries'
    24 december 2002 20:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has been removed from a list of 31 countries, which London wants British travellers to avoid, officials said in Port Louis Tuesday. Full text...

  • MP urges ECOWAS to do more on Ivorian crisis
    24 december 2002 20:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Vice-President of the Ivorian parliament, Yvonne Bouabre Tuesday in Niamey, called on ECOWAS to step up efforts at resolving the Ivorian crisis, which she described as "a danger that threatens all the countries of the sub-region. Full text...

  • Sakassou rebels rule the roost in Baoule country
    24 december 2002 20:10:00
    Sakassou- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- In their northern stronghold of Bouake, seat of the continuing insurgency in Cote d'Ivoire, a group of five rebels sway their hips to the beat of "Mercy," a hit from the latest album of Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy. Full text...

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