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  • Mugabe Stretches Lead in Zimbabwe Poll
    12 march 2002 21:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe stretched his lead to nearly 30,000 votes in a presidential election held at the weekend, after results in an additional five constituencies were announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Observers say Zimbabwe poll free and fair
    12 march 2002 21:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A number of regional and international election observers taking part in Zimbabwe's presidential poll said Tuesday their preliminary assessment indicated the election was free and fair. Full text...

  • Supreme Court reviews ban on Mauritanian opposition party
    12 march 2002 21:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The administrative chamber of the Supreme Court in Mauritania met Tuesday to rule on the motion for annulment of the ban, which the public authorities imposed on the opposition Action for Change (AC) party in January. Full text...

  • Mugabe maintains lead in presidential poll
    12 march 2002 21:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday maintained a 10,000-vote lead in a presidential election held at the weekend when results of four more constituencies were announced, bringing the total to six constituencies. Full text...

  • IOC moves to find solution to the Malagasy crisis
    12 march 2002 20:57:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Indian Ocean Commission's current chairman, Seychelles foreign minister Jeremie Bonnelame, announced plans to establish "official" contact with Malagasy's self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana and his Prime Minister, Jacques Sylla. Full text...

  • AI wants factions in DRC to respect human rights
    12 march 2002 20:38:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International has called on warring factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, currently holding peace talks in South Africa, to make a binding commitment that justice and human rights will be at the heart of all agreements reached. Full text...

  • Commonwealth lawyers to defend Foday Sankor
    12 march 2002 20:07:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A Nigerian Barrister at Law, Edo Okanya, Monday appeared at the Freetown Magistrate Court to defend RUF leader Cpl. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI sends a message to President Ben Ali
    12 march 2002 20:05:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali received Monday a message from King Mohammed VI, the second one within the past 10 days. Full text...

  • Britain Urges Sierra Leoneans to Vote in May
    12 march 2002 19:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Published figures on voters registered for Sierra Leone's general elections in May show that the majority of eligible voters were recorded, according to a statement issued by the British High Commission here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mugabe takes lead in Zimbabwe poll
    12 march 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Incumbent President Robert Mugabe took an early lead in Zimbabwe's presidential election held 9-11 March, beating his nearest rival by more than 10,000 votes in two constituencies where counting of ballots had been completed Tuesday evening, the Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede announced. Full text...

  • Nigerian president's aide banned from parliament building
    12 march 2002 18:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's House of Representatives has banned the Presidential Liaison Officer (PLO) to the lower legislative chamber from entering the premises of the National Assembly complex in Abuja. Full text...

  • British MPs angry over reports of election flaws in Zimbabwe
    12 march 2002 18:31:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has given the first indication that relations between Britain and Zimbabwe could be jeopardised if reports confirm that President Robert Mugabe and his supporters rigged the just-ended election in the country. Full text...

  • South African minister compares Palestinians to Apartheid victims
    12 march 2002 18:05:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian paper Tuesday quoted South Africa's Water Affairs minister Ronal Kasrils as expressing alarm at the level of violence in the Middle East, saying "we did not witness under the Apartheid regime as much repression as the Palestinians are experiencing under the Israeli occupation. Full text...

  • Amnesty slams Zimbabwe for detaining hundreds in major crackdown
    12 march 2002 17:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The London-based human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has demanded that the Zimbabwe government immediately and unconditionally release more than 1,400 people, most of them polling agents and civil society election observers. Full text...

  • Nigeria's first female Speaker quits
    12 march 2002 16:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Speaker of Nigeria's central Benue State House of Assembly, the only female among the country's 36 state Speakers, has resigned, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader says good governance attracts investments
    12 march 2002 15:52:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, currently on an official visit to Mauritius, Monday night said that good governance was a prerequisite to attracting investments in any country. Full text...

  • Britain praises Commonwealth for South Africa's democratisation
    12 march 2002 15:49:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign minister for Africa, Baroness Amos, has described the Commonwealth's contribution to ending the odious system of apartheid in South Africa as one of the greatest achievements of the 54-member organisation. Full text...

  • US embassy in Guinea tightens security
    12 march 2002 15:09:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The US embassy in Conakry has stepped up security, with stricter controls on all persons accessing the premises, including staff. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court charges opposition leader with treason
    12 march 2002 15:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Tuesday charged a top official of an opposition party with treason, for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • BBC officials indict domestic coverage of Zimbabwe poll
    12 march 2002 14:19:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The BBC's domestic news division has come under criticism from senior officials of the corporation's World Service, who charged that domestic coverage of the Zimbabwe presidential election was driven by colonial sentiments. Full text...

  • British Lord warns Commonwealth over Zimbabwe
    12 march 2002 14:08:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A member of the British House of Lords, has warned Commonwealth members they could suffer long-term damage as a result of their inability to act decisively over Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Kufuor orders suspension of former Rawlings aide's trial
    12 march 2002 13:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor has directed the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to suspend action on the prosecution of Tsatsu Tsikata, aide of former President Jerry Rawlings. Full text...

  • Southern Governors vow to defend Nigeria's democracy
    12 march 2002 13:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governors of Nigeria's southern States have vowed to defend the country's "hard-earned" democracy, amid growing concern that a recent spate of ethnic, political and communal violence, could destabilise the polity. Full text...

  • Security high on agenda of MRU civil society meeting
    12 march 2002 13:14:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Border security topped the agenda of a meeting by Mano River Union (MRU) States civil society groups, which entered its second day in Conakry, the Guinean capital, Tuesday. Full text...

  • ANC stalwart dies in South Africa after long illness
    12 march 2002 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has announced the death of one of its veterans, Khumbuzile Maphumulo, who died over the weekend at Durban's Addington Hospital after a long illness. Full text...

  • Guinean opposition urges amnesty for serving African leaders
    12 march 2002 12:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Guinean opposition leader, Alpha Conde, has suggested general amnesty for serving African leaders to remove the fear of witch-hunting that often kept them in power. Full text...

  • Ivorian PM criticises the 'enemies of reform'
    12 march 2002 11:58:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan has appealed to members of the ruling Ivorian People's Front (FPI) to "remain vigilant against the enemies of reform who have not given up. Full text...

  • Seven days mourning for ex-Benin President
    12 march 2002 10:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has declared a seven-day period of national mourning, beginning Tuesday, in honour of former President Justin Tometin Ahomadegbe, who died Friday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • UNITA party chief for peace meeting in South Africa
    12 march 2002 10:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's UNITA party president, Eugenio Manuvakola, was due to attend Tuesday's international conference on peace, conflicts resolution and good governance in South Africa. Full text...

  • South African observer team says most Zimbabweans voted
    12 march 2002 10:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Observer Mission (SAOM), leader Sam Motsuenyane, said most Zimbabweans were able to vote despite the sudden ending of the election process Monday night. Full text...

  • Nguesso leads in Congo's presidential poll
    12 march 2002 09:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso was leading in Congo Brazzaville's Sunday presidential election, with most of the votes counted, State radio reported Tuesday, quoting sources close to the National Election Commission. Full text...

  • Mubarak names three new Ministers
    12 march 2002 09:33:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Monday named three new cabinet Ministers, including one for Transportation, three weeks after the country's worst train accident, State Television announced. Full text...

  • Rights group urges improved Uganda, Sudan relations
    12 march 2002 08:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Restoration of good and lasting relations between Uganda and Sudan will end attacks by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels fighting the Kampala government, a Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC) official has said. Full text...

  • Vote counting begins in Zimbabwe
    12 march 2002 08:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Ballots counting in Zimbabwe's protracted presidential election started Tuesday, with election officials saying the final result could be announced by Wednesday. Full text...

  • Experts to debate Angola's future Constitution
    12 march 2002 08:11:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Experts will Saturday begin a discussion on Angola's future constitution, under an initiative by the Catholic University of Angola, the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the US Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Full text...

  • Anjouan, Moheli islands vote for autonomy in Comoros Union
    11 march 2002 23:26:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoro islands of Anjouan and Moheli are to become autonomous entities within the Comoran Union following a referendum held Sunday on the two tiny islands. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to allow observers, journalists in poll centres
    11 march 2002 23:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean election officials said Monday they would allow journalists and local and international election observers to enter into vote counting centres to ensure transparency and accountability in the 9-11 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Bouteflika to address Kabylia's delegates on Tuesday
    11 march 2002 23:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is on Tuesday expected to respond to demands made by a protest movement in Kabylia, well-informed sources confirmed in Algiers. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire's famous musician joins RDR party
    11 march 2002 22:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Famous Ivorian singer Alpha Blondy has publicly announced that he is a staunch member of the Rally for Republicans (RDR), the main opposition party in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Rebel leader, Wamba, cuts a lonely figure at Congolese talks
    11 march 2002 21:56:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba the leader of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD Kisangani), cut a lonely figure Monday evening as he waited for his driver to whisk him away in a white Mercedes Benz to an unspecified destination. Full text...

  • Harare court dismisses MDC petition for voting extension
    11 march 2002 21:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's High Court Monday night dismissed a second petition by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the extension of voting in a presidential election to a fourth day in Harare, the capital. Full text...

  • Former PANA staff to join Ghana's Supreme Court bench
    11 march 2002 21:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A former PANA staff, Justice Dixon Kwame, an Appeal Court Judge with 31 years of legal practice, was nominated Monday to become a member of Ghana's Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Supporters ask Malian Premier to run for presidency
    11 march 2002 21:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Supporters of Malian Prime Minister Mandé Sidibe Monday organised a mass rally in Bamako to urge him to contest in next April's presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • Kagame sues African journalist for defamation
    11 march 2002 20:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sued a Paris-based African journalist-author, Charles Onana, in a French High Court for defamation following the publication of a book critical of him. Full text...

  • Uganda gets EU aid for displaced persons
    11 march 2002 20:35:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has given Uganda humanitarian assistance worth 420,000 Euros to help displaced persons in the country's north, says a news release issued in Brussels Monday. Full text...

  • Britain wants Zimbabwe to explain the arrest of two Britons
    11 march 2002 20:07:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain is seeking an explanation from the Zimbabwean government over the arrest of two of its citizens for allegedly attending an illegal gathering in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Seek Second Voting Extension
    11 march 2002 19:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) late Monday filed an urgent application in the High Court seeking a second extension of voting in the presidential election to Tuesday. Full text...

  • SADI party picks candidate for Malian presidential election
    11 march 2002 19:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A former student leader who took part in the popular uprising that led to the ouster of President Moussa Traore in 1991, is seeking the same top job in Mali this year. Full text...

  • Taylor makes peace overtures to opposition camp
    11 march 2002 19:27:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Monday made peace overtures to opposition politicians, "promising not to do anything that will obstruct the ensuing 2003 electoral process". Full text...

  • Malagasy MPs demand resignation of their Speaker
    11 march 2002 19:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Members of Parliament in Madagascar have called for the resignation of their Speaker, Ange Andrianarisoa, accusing him of mismanagement of public funds. Full text...

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