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  • Malagasy military officers side with self-proclaimed president
    07 march 2002 17:19:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- About 20 senior army, air force and navy officers were among members of the armed forces who thronged the Antananarivo city hall Thursday in a show of support to self-proclaimed president Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Senegalese MP heads UEMOA Committee
    07 march 2002 16:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The first Vice-President of Senegalese Parliament, Abdoulaye Faye, has been appointed chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee (CIP) of the West African Economic Monetary Union (UEMOA), which is holding its 9th ordinary session in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Mugabe Accuses Zimbabwean Whites of Political Sabotage
    07 march 2002 16:19:00
    Kadoma- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, continuing with his whirlwind election campaign rallies, has accused whites of hoarding food, and closing down businesses to sabotage his re-election bid. Full text...

  • Muluzi returns home to meet worsening food crisis
    07 march 2002 15:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's President Bakili Muluzi Thursday returned from the recently concluded Commonwealth summit in Coolum, Australia, only to come face to face with the country's worsening food crisis. Full text...

  • Uganda invites 14 African leaders to regional symposium on peace
    07 march 2002 15:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has invited 14 African leaders to a four-day symposium in early April aimed at setting a millennium peace agenda for the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Taylor may not attend Liberian peace talks in Abuja
    07 march 2002 15:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor may not attend this month's peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, because of "unacceptable demands" by armed Liberian dissidents, Information Minister Reginald Goodridge said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe increases polling centres
    07 march 2002 13:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior Zimbabwean election official said Thursday the government was increasing polling centres for this coming weekend's presidential poll to avoid congestion and ensure all registered voters cast their ballots. Full text...

  • High Commission confirms Zimbabweans in the UK will not vote
    07 march 2002 13:35:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Zimbabweans in the United Kingdom will not vote in the March 9-10 presidential election in their country as no arrangement has been made to that effect, an official at the country's High Commission here has confirmed. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's opposition MDC loses petitions
    07 march 2002 13:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Thursday suffered a huge blow when the High Court in Harare threw out its petitions against the results of parliamentary elections in three constituencies. Full text...

  • Assassination plot against Zimbabwe leader takes new twist
    07 march 2002 13:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An alleged plot by a Zimbabwean opposition party to assassinate President Robert Mugabe took a new twist Thursday, with two parliamentarians of the party claiming a top military officer wanted to join the Movement for Democratic Change. Full text...

  • COMESA sends monitors to Zimbabwe
    07 march 2002 13:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has finally sent observers to monitor Zimbabwe's presidential election due Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • Essy calls for improved planning of peace initiatives
    07 march 2002 13:03:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy has appealed for better co-ordination of regional initiatives to resolve African conflicts. Full text...

  • ZANU-PF militant youths harass journalists
    07 march 2002 11:24:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Militant youths of the ruling ZANU-PF Wednesday ejected journalists from Zimbabwe's sole independent daily covering a campaign rally of President Robert Mugabe, accusing the paper of "anti-government stance. Full text...

  • Libya urges neighbours to regularly attend summits
    07 march 2002 10:46:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Presidential poll in Zimbabwe cost $90.9 million
    07 march 2002 10:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Electoral officials in Zimbabwe on Thursday said the government was spending 5 billion Zimbabwean dollars (over 90. Full text...

  • Pretoria prepares for first African Union summit
    07 march 2002 09:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Preparations are in full gear for South Africa's hosting of the inaugural summit of the African Union (AU) next July. Full text...

  • MRU holds joint security meeting in Freetown
    07 march 2002 09:30:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Mano River Union members Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were Thursday winding up a two-day joint security meeting in Freetown. Full text...

  • Plenary session proposes agenda for Congolese talks
    07 march 2002 07:54:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The facilitator of the Inter- Congolese dialogue, Sir Ketumile Masire, is expected to present the agenda proposals to delegates Thursday morning in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal to host Francophonie seminar for MPs
    06 march 2002 23:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (APF) will from 19 to 21 March in Dakar (Senegal) hold a training seminar for Senegalese members of parliament, a parliament official said Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka fails in bid to have Madagascar cardinal relieved
    06 march 2002 23:32:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Despite what he said was beleaguered President Didier Ratsiraka's bid to have him relieved of his post, a local newspaper Wednesday quoted Cardinal Armant Gaétan Razafindratandra as affirming that the Pope had maintained him at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls for prohibition of armed conflicts in Africa
    06 march 2002 23:25:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, affirmed Wednesday in Sirte that all efforts deployed for development and progress within the CEN-SAD community and throughout Africa would be meaningless without stability, security and peace. Full text...

  • Belgian foreign minister disappointed with Sun City delays
    06 march 2002 22:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian foreign minister Louis Michel has expressed disappointment over the slow progress at the Inter- Congolese Dialogue being held in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • Colonel Kadhafi explains CEN-SAD philosophy
    06 march 2002 22:34:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- The philosophy behind the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), according to Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Transfer of Malagasy capital city is illegal, says judge
    06 march 2002 21:56:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A decision made by governors of five Malagasy provinces to transfer the capital city to Tamatave, in the eastern part of the country, is "an illegal and anti- constitutional act," a Malagasy magistrate in Antananarivo told PANA. Full text...

  • Angolan gov't says situation in east, north is under control
    06 march 2002 21:45:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Defence minister Gen. Full text...

  • Assailants try to kill Zimbabwe war veterans' leader
    06 march 2002 21:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A prominent leader of Zimbabwe's controversial veterans of the country's war of independence was severely assaulted by unknown assailants Wednesday, raising fears of renewed violence ahead of a weekend presidential election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to declare Saturday a holiday to allow workers to vote
    06 march 2002 21:21:00
    Rusape- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe announced Wednesday he would declare Saturday as a public holiday to allow people to vote in a presidential election due at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's parties fail to agree on election code of conduct
    06 march 2002 21:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean election officials said Wednesday five political parties contesting this weekend's presidential poll have failed to reach agreement on a code of conduct to curb pre- and post-election violence in the country. Full text...

  • Eyadema, Kerekou commend CEN-SAD
    06 march 2002 21:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Togo and Benin were Wednesday admitted into the Community of Sahel-Sahara States (CEN-SAD) at the Sirte Summit in Libya, with leaders of both countries commending the achievements of the four-year-old organisation. Full text...

  • Egyptian intelligentsia declares solidarity with Palestinians
    06 march 2002 20:55:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Some 100 prominent Egyptian intellectuals, artists, businessmen and politicians have sent a letter of support and encouragement to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his confrontation with Israel, the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahali reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angolan leader's peace overtures encouraging - FNLA official
    06 march 2002 20:32:00
    Namibe- Angola (PANA) -- A senior opposition leader, Antonio Pinto, has said that Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' recent pronouncements on resuming contacts with UNITA rebels would help find a way to peace in the country. Full text...

  • Britain still grieves over CHOGM's decision on Zimbabwe
    06 march 2002 19:53:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has again expressed regrets that a Commonwealth member State, Zimbabwe, has a leadership that "clearly violates democracy and good governance," the core values of the British-led Organisation. Full text...

  • Britain pledges financial support for Sudanese cease-fire
    06 march 2002 19:28:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has pledged one million US dollars for international monitoring of the cease-fire in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD Summit opens in Sirte
    06 march 2002 19:16:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The 4th Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), opened Wednesday at the "Ouagadougou" Conference Centre in Sirte, with 11 African leaders and representatives of other member States in attendance. Full text...

  • ICFTU/AFRO election observer team arrives in Zimbabwe
    06 march 2002 16:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At a time of rapidly increasing tension in Zimbabwe, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) African regional bureau (AFRO) has sent an observer team to Harare ahead of the March 9-10 presidential election. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso postpones parliamentary polls to 5 May
    06 march 2002 16:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has postponed its parliamentary elections from 28 April to 5 May, says a statement issued at the end of Wednesday's cabinet session in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Demba Telo calls for change of leadership in Congo
    06 march 2002 15:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- One of the candidates in Congo's 10 March presidential election, Jean Felix Demba Telo, has called for change in the country's leadership to pave the way for development and progress. Full text...

  • Mugabe: An inescapable day of reckoning
    06 march 2002 15:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ordinarily, the indecision of Commonwealth leaders on Zimbabwe at their just-ended Coolum Summit in Australia, ought to have provided President Robert Mugabe a window of opportunity for change, but from all indications, the day of reckoning appears inevitable for the embattled veteran freedom fighter. Full text...

  • Liberians oppose ruling party chairman's call to quit UN
    06 march 2002 15:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Citizens Wednesday opposed a call by ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) chairman, Cyril Allen, for Liberia's withdrawal from the United Nations. Full text...

  • Ghana vice-president calls for crusade against indiscipline
    06 march 2002 13:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Wednesday celebrated its 45th independence anniversary with a call for a crusade against indiscipline that threatens efforts at achieving total political and economic independence. Full text...

  • 28 Burkinabe parties for April parliamentary polls
    06 march 2002 13:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Twenty-eight of Burkina Faso's 66 political parties have submitted listings for the 2002 parliamentary elections, Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) chairman, Moussa Michel Tapsoba announced in Ougadougou. Full text...

  • 11 heads of state arrive in Sirte for CEN SAD IV summit
    06 march 2002 13:09:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Eleven heads of State have arrived Libya's coastal town of Sirte, where the fourth summit of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD IV) is expected to open Wednesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Mozambique ready to receive Zimbabwean farmers
    06 march 2002 13:08:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambique said on Wednesday it was ready to accommodate 60 Zimbabwean commercial farmers seeking to flee an uncertain political future after this coming weekend's critical presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI chairs cabinet meeting in Western Sahara
    06 march 2002 11:49:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has chaired a cabinet meeting to discuss internal political matters in Dakhla, Western Sahara, according to a statement from the Royal Palace spokesman broadcast over public television TVM in Rabat. Full text...

  • Pretoria welcomes confirmation of Lesotho elections
    06 march 2002 10:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In welcoming the announcement that general elections will be held in Lesotho 25 May 2002, the South African government has urged the Southern African region to support Lesotho in the democratic process. Full text...

  • First plenary of Congolese dialogue expected Wednesday
    06 march 2002 08:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Facilitator Ketumile Masire of the Inter-Congolese dialogue was scheduled to open the first plenary session of the peace talks early Wednesday after all belligerents agreed to attend. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI on two-day visit in Western Sahara
    06 march 2002 08:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan king Mohammed VI arrived in Dakhla (south of Western Sahara) Tuesday as part of his second tour in this territory since his enthronement in July 1999, Moroccan State Television TVM reported. Full text...

  • Two people die in rebel attacks in Senegal
    05 march 2002 23:50:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese soldier and a businessman were killed in the night early Tuesday morning in the villages of Thionck-Essyl and Mlomp in the region of Ziguinchor (southern Senegal) during attacks by rebels of the Casamance Democratic Forces Movement (MFDC), reliable sources said in Ziguinchor. Full text...

  • Can RECAMP promote African reflection on common security policy?
    05 march 2002 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Does Africa need to seriously consider a common security policy structured around the existing sub- regional groupings in view of the important role of peace and stability in the overall development of the continent? If a recent message from French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is anything to go by, no meaningful development is possible in an insecure environment. Full text...

  • Togolese government again puts parliamentary polls on hold
    05 march 2002 23:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government Tuesday announced that parliamentary elections initially billed for next Sunday would be deferred, explaining the latest postponement on the absence of the New Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Full text...

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