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  • Malians abroad vote for Touré in presidential poll
    29 april 2002 17:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian independent presidential candidate, Retired General Amadou Toumani Touré has taken unassailable lead in Sunday's vote at the country's diplomatic missions abroad, according to preliminary results released Monday by the National Electoral Commission. Full text...

  • Gloomy prospects following Malagasy High Court ruling
    29 april 2002 17:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Monday's ruling by the High Constitutional Court of Madagascar declaring Marc Ravalomanana winner of the 16 December first round presidential elections, has dealt a blow to the agreement for peace and national reconciliation, signed 18 April in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • London-based party calls for new Ivorian Constitution
    29 april 2002 17:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A London-based People's Socialist Party of Côte d'Ivoire (USP) has urged African states to unite in order to face today's challenges, in spite of linguistic barriers imposed by colonial masters. Full text...

  • MPs object to RCD-UDPS alliance office in Kisangani
    29 april 2002 16:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A group of legislators from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have objected to the envisaged installation of the Alliance for Safeguarding the inter-Congolese dialogue in Kisangani. Full text...

  • Group fears Liberia is turning into police state
    29 april 2002 14:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) has expressed fears that the country is gradually moving towards a police state. Full text...

  • Sudan Commends U.S Envoy's Call for Unity
    29 april 2002 13:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has welcomed a statement by U. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Denies Rift With Deputy
    29 april 2002 13:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed speculations that he would drop Vice-President Atiku Abubakar if he becomes presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in 2003. Full text...

  • Libyan, Egyptian leaders talk about Palestine
    29 april 2002 12:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left Tripoli late Sunday after a brief visit during which he had talks with the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • MLC, RCD/ML delegates arrive in Kinshasa
    29 april 2002 12:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Delegates of Jean Pierre Bemba's rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and of the splinter group of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD/ML) arrived in Kinshasa at the weekend to finalise the agreement signed with the government in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • High Court proclaims Marc Ravalomanana electoral victor
    29 april 2002 12:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Supporters of Antananarivo Mayor, Marc Ravalomanana have expressed "satisfaction and pleasure" about the ruling given by the Malagasy High Constitutional Court saying he won 51. Full text...

  • CAR president encourages Kabila on DRC peace
    29 april 2002 11:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Central African Republic's President Ange Felix Patasse has encouraged his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart Joseph Kabila to continue his efforts to re-unify his country. Full text...

  • No major voting hitches in Malian election
    29 april 2002 11:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- No major organisational hitches occurred in Sunday's Malian presidential elections, according to an official at the ministry of regional administration and local government in Bamako. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans state companies advertising in private papers
    29 april 2002 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government on Monday ordered that state-owned companies stop advertising in privately owned newspapers which were anti-government, accusing the papers of destabilising the country. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition marshals plan against dictatorship
    29 april 2002 08:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togo's opposition leaders, led by Gilchrist Olympio, say they are forming a united strategy to unshackle the country from "dictatorship" in the past 40 years of independence under President Gnassingbe Eyadema. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with Deby
    28 april 2002 20:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi had a telephone conversation Sunday with Chadian President Idriss Deby on bilateral and continental issues, the Libyan news agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • Presidential polling reported smooth in Mali
    28 april 2002 20:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's presidential balloting was generally hitch-free Sunday, the Malian News Agency (AMAP) reported. Full text...

  • Konare names new Ombudsman for Mali
    28 april 2002 20:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Out-going Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare has named Fatoumata Ndiaye as the country's new Ombudsman. Full text...

  • Candidates comment on Mali's presidential poll
    28 april 2002 19:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- After a largely peaceful electioneering, candidates for Mali's Sunday presidential poll say they look forward to a fair result. Full text...

  • 2,779 Malians vote in Togo
    28 april 2002 18:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Some 2,779 registered Malian voters were casting their ballots in their country's presidential poll Sunday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian opposition party elects new leader
    28 april 2002 18:11:00
    Accra Ghana (PANA) -- Obed Asamoah, newly elected Chairman of Ghana's opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has assured party members of his commitment, describing his success as victory for democracy. Full text...

  • Mubarak confers with Kadhafi
    28 april 2002 17:21:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks Sunday with Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi on developments in the Arab world, especially the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the siege on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. Full text...

  • Hitch as Malians cast presidential ballot in Burkina Faso
    28 april 2002 16:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Balloting was suspended for at least one hour in Ouagadougou as Malians in Burkina Faso took part in their country's presidential election Sunday. Full text...

  • Calm prevails as Malians go to presidential polls
    28 april 2002 15:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malians flocked peacefully to cast their ballots in the country's presidential election Sunday in spite of some organisational hitches that were swiftly rectified by the authorities. Full text...

  • Over 1,000 candidates to contest in Algerian polls
    28 april 2002 14:57:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Algerians have submitted their application forms in order to run as candidates in the parliamentary polls slated for 30 May. Full text...

  • Power struggle wrecks Somalia's breakaway Puntland
    28 april 2002 14:43:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Delegations led by the President of the Somalia's breakaway region of Puntland, Jama Ali Jama, and his rival, Abdulahi Yusuf, are in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to start negotiations on how to resolve their power struggle which has brought violence to the troulbed country. Full text...

  • Bets are being taken in Mali's presidential poll
    28 april 2002 14:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Millions of Malians flocked to polling booths Sunday to vote in the first round of a presidential election which has 25 runners seeking the country's highest office. Full text...

  • Somali warlord opposes plan to reopen Mogadishu port
    28 april 2002 14:09:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Mogadishu-based Somali warlord Musa Sudi Yalahow has warned that fighting could erupt in Mogadishu if the Somali Transitional Government (TNG) tried to carry out its plan to reopen the country's main seaport in the capital which has remained closed since 1995. Full text...

  • Togo celebrates Independence Day
    28 april 2002 14:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Saturday celebrated the 42nd anniversary of their independence gained on 27 April 1960. Full text...

  • Tunisian leader fires two ministers
    28 april 2002 13:09:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has dismissed his interior minister, Abdallah Kaabi, and the secretary of state in charge of national security, Mohamed Ali Ganzoui, an official source said in Tunis. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Uganda plead for continued Inter-Congolese Dialogue
    28 april 2002 11:39:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rwanda and Uganda have taken a common stance on the settlement of the crisis in DR Congo following the Inter-Congolese Dialogue held in Sun City, South Africa, whose proceedings ended after 52 days of talks without a satisfactory solution to ending the conflict. Full text...

  • Mauritius condemns postponement of UN mission to Jenine
    27 april 2002 19:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian foreign minister Anil Gayan has condemned Israel's postponement of the UN mission to the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenine. Full text...

  • Illegal immigrants join anti-Le Pen protests
    27 april 2002 19:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Illegal immigrants (Sans Papiers) were among an estimated 45,000 protesters who demonstrated Saturday against the anti-foreigner policies far-right leader Jean Marie Le Pen plans to introduce in case he is elected French president on 5 May. Full text...

  • Sudan signs military agreement in Russia
    27 april 2002 17:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has signed an agreement with an undisclosed Russian weapons manufacturing company, it was disclosed in Khartoum Saturday. Full text...

  • Liberian opposition leader calls off visit
    27 april 2002 16:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian opposition politician Ellen Johnson Sirleaf abruptly called off her visit to Monrovia, where she was expected to arrive Saturday. Full text...

  • African Muslims condemn Israeli occupation of Palestine
    27 april 2002 15:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A meeting of the Union of Muslim Councils for the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa opened in Blantyre Saturday with a strong condemnation of what was termed as Israeli occupation of Palestine and the United Nations inaction over the conflict. Full text...

  • Two rebels killed in clash with Senegalese military
    27 april 2002 14:22:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Two persons suspected of belonging to the rebel Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), were killed early Thursday in Bourgadier in a clash with a Senegalese military patrol. Full text...

  • South Africa celebrates freedom from apartheid
    27 april 2002 14:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA - South Africa's -eighth anniversary of freedom from apartheid was marred by the death of Steve Tshwete the minister of safety and security who was hospitalised earlier this month. ) Full text...

  • 10 political associations seek registration in Nigeria
    27 april 2002 13:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ten political associations have so far applied to Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration as political parties, the commission said in a statement in Abuja. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Opponent Denies Witnessing His Declaration
    27 april 2002 13:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The man who contested against Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 has denied reports that he was in Abuja Thursday to witness the President's announcement that he would seek a second four-year term after his current tenure expires in 2003. Full text...

  • Security Council Seeks Support to Sun City Accord
    26 april 2002 22:40:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A UN Security Council team begins an 11-day mission to the Great Lakes region Saturday to urge all Congolese parties to use the agreement reached by most of the participants at the Sun City peace talks as a basis for progress toward national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Malians prepare to elect new president Sunday
    26 april 2002 21:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malians are preparing to vote in Sunday's election to choose the successor to outgoing President Alpha Oumar Konare, whose second mandate expires on 8 June. Full text...

  • Burundian government seeks truce with rebels
    26 april 2002 21:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Albert Mbonerane, minister of communication and government spokesman, has called on Burundian rebels to observe a truce, for want of a cease-fire, in the civil war which has been tearing the country apart for nearly nine years. Full text...

  • President Wade calls on Mwanawasa to lead facilitators
    26 april 2002 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade has written to his Zambian counterpart, Levy Mwanawasa, asking him to "chair the group of heads of state who facilitated the signing in of an agreement in Dakar by two protagonists in the Malagasy crisis. Full text...

  • Benin, Germany to assess project implementation
    26 april 2002 20:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Officials of Benin and Germany will hold a weeklong consultation starting Monday to prepare for the 13th session of inter-governmental talks on bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • Election commission promises fairness in Malian polls
    26 april 2002 20:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The chairman of the Malian National Independent Election Commission (NIEC), Moustapha Cisse has vowed to ensure transparency in the 28 April presidential election in the country involving 24 candidates. Full text...

  • Leading Liberian Rights Lawyer Tortured by Police
    26 april 2002 20:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After one of Liberia's most prominent human rights lawyers, Tiawan Gongloe, was brutalised in police custody, Human Rights Watch Friday accused the government of President Charles Taylor of "using violence to silence independent voices" in the country. Full text...

  • Guinea to spend 4 million dollars on parliamentary polls
    26 april 2002 19:58:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea estimates 4 million dollars (about 8 billion Guinea francs) would be spent on holding parliamentary elections on 30 June this year. Full text...

  • Liberian government bans public gatherings
    26 april 2002 18:56:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government Friday banned "all public gatherings" except upon the expressed approval of the Justice Ministry. Full text...

  • US condemns suppression of free speech, press in Liberia
    26 april 2002 18:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The United States Friday condemned recent actions of the Liberian government to "suppress freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Full text...

  • Le Pen targets illegal immigrants in France
    26 april 2002 17:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Transit centres would be set up for illegal immigrants awaiting deportation from France, controversial French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said Friday. Full text...

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