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  • Niger's ruling party opens its congress
    21 december 2001 15:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The ordinary congress of the ruling National Movement for Development Society (MNSD) in Niger opened Thursday in Niamey with the attendance of hundreds of delegates from across the country. Full text...

  • Malawi minister acknowledges his policemen's "old habits"
    21 december 2001 14:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government, under intense attack from human rights organisations for its callous treatment of the country's citizens, has acknowledged that "old habits die hard" in the nation's unreformed police force. Full text...

  • International jurists unhappy with Malawi's law situation
    21 december 2001 13:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A three-person team of international jurists from the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has ended its fact-finding mission to Malawi during which it held discussions to assess the country's troubled judicial situation. Full text...

  • Youth leader calls for military intervention in Somalia
    21 december 2001 12:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali youth leader, Abdoulkadir Dahir Ali, has said only military intervention and full disarmament of Somalia's militia groups could end the decade-long war in the country. Full text...

  • "Black march" in Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria) ends in clashes
    21 december 2001 12:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The "black march" organised by the radical wing of the Kabylia village committee Thursday attracted a crowd of more than 10 000 in Tizi-Ouzou, 100 km east of Algiers. Full text...

  • President Senghor dies at 95
    21 december 2001 11:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade has decreed 15 days of mourning following the death Thursday in the French western town of Verson, Normandy of the Senegal's first president, Leopold Sedar Senghor, at the age of 95. Full text...

  • Ghana's Mohammed Ibn Chambas is new ECOWAS Executive Secretary
    21 december 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ghanaian bidder, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has been elected the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for a four- year term. Full text...

  • Nigerian government slams curfew on city as MP is killed
    21 december 2001 09:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's south-western state of Osun has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city of Ile-Ife as part of efforts to curtail the violence, which hit the town Thursday after a member of the state House of Assembly was killed by suspected assassins. Full text...

  • Zambians search their minds for a new leader
    21 december 2001 09:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In what pundits say would be the keenest presidential race since independence 37 years ago, most Zambians remain undecided who to vote for, less than a week to election day on 27 December. Full text...

  • South African delegation holds talks with Comoros leaders
    21 december 2001 08:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- On the morrow of a failed coup in the Comoros, South Africa's Foreign Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday held discussions with President Azali Assoumani in Moroni. Full text...

  • The 25th summit of ECOWAS heads of State starts in Dakar
    20 december 2001 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 25th summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to conclude its session in Dakar Friday with the election of the sub-regional body's executive secretary. Full text...

  • France welcomes EU/Algeria accord
    20 december 2001 23:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France on Thursday welcomed a new Algeria/EU accord of reinforced cooperation signed Wednesday by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and EU Commission President Romani Prodi in Brussels. Full text...

  • MMD warns Kaunda for alleging Mwanawasa's health is poor
    20 december 2001 23:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia - Zambia's ruling Movement for Mult-iparty Democracy (MMD) has warned former President Kenneth Kaunda that it would not tolerate his provocative comments about its presidential candidate, Levy Mwanawasa. Full text...

  • Opposition leader attacks SADC for soft Mugabe stance
    20 december 2001 23:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Thursday scathingly attacked the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for taking a softer stance on President Robert Mugabe's alleged harassment of political opponents. Full text...

  • Kenyan president Opens Somalia peace talks
    20 december 2001 23:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi opened Somalian peace talks Thursday with a call on warring factions in the neighbouring country to speed up negotiations for the formation of a central government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, South Africa parties pledge co-operation
    20 december 2001 22:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The governing parties of South Africa and Zimbabwe ended a day talks in Harare Thursday with a pledge to work together to confront common problems and help improve relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe criticises Commonwealth meeting in London
    20 december 2001 22:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Thursday lambasted former colonial power Britain for organising what it called "an illegal meeting" of its Commonwealth allies in London to discuss the situation in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Bouteflika ends Belgian visit
    20 december 2001 22:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria Thursday said his meeting with NATO secretary general George Robertson provided an opportunity to immensely discuss international issues, especially those threatening world peace and security. Full text...

  • Outgoing ECOWAS chairman calls for institutional reform
    20 december 2001 22:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Outgoing ECOWAS chairman and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare has called for institutional reforms to speed up economic integration in West Africa. Full text...

  • Retired magistrate heads Ivorian electoral committee
    20 december 2001 21:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A retired Ivorian magistrate, Camille Hoguie, has been appointed chairman of the Independent Electoral Committee (CEI). Full text...

  • Konare emphasises need to support Guinea-Bissau
    20 december 2001 21:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Outgoing ECOWAS chairman, President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali Thursday urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to help Guinea-Bissau to consolidate its critical democratic transition. Full text...

  • Commonwealth expresses concern over situation in Zimbabwe
    20 december 2001 21:27:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) has reiterated its deep concern about the ongoing violence, occupation of property, actions against the freedom and independence of the media and political intimidation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Kenya's ex-finance minister eyes presidency
    20 december 2001 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After months of speculation, former finance Minister Simeon Nyachae announced Thursday that he was taking over leadership of the opposition Ford People party and that he would vie for the presidency on its ticket in the 2002 elections. Full text...

  • Rwanda withdraws 10,000 troops from Congo
    20 december 2001 20:55:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has declared that Kigali had withdrawn about 10,000 troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) within the framework of that country's peace process, official sources said in Kigali Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan voters begin registration in February
    20 december 2001 20:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Kenya Thursday announced a nation-wide voter registration exercise to start 4, February 2002 in readiness for the next parliamentary and presidential elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chairman hails progress, but warns of new threats
    20 december 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The outgoing chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hailed grounds covered 25 years on by the sub regional concert, but warned of new challenges from globalisation and international terrorism. Full text...

  • Kagame describes Rwanda-Uganda relations as stable
    20 december 2001 19:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has described relations between his country and Uganda as stable despite the war of words over the past few months. Full text...

  • Taylor, Conte absent from ECOWAS Summit
    20 december 2001 18:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders began their 25th ordinary Summit in the Senegalese capital of Dakar Thursday without Presidents Charles Taylor of Liberia and Lansana Conte of Guinea, whose restive Mano River Union countries are top on the Summit agenda. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governors unhappy with electoral act
    20 december 2001 18:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governors in Nigerian's 36 states, have resolved to challenge in court what they regard as "offending" sections in the Electoral Act 2001 signed into law by President Olusegun Obasanjo about two weeks ago. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chairman hails progress, but warns of new threats
    20 december 2001 18:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The outgoing chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hailed grounds covered 25 years on by the sub regional concert, but warned of new challenges from globalisation and international terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Governors Challenge Electoral Act In Court
    20 december 2001 18:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governors of Nigeria's 36 states, meeting under the Governors Forum, have resolved to challenge in a law court various "offending" sections of the Electoral Act 2001, signed into law by President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abuja about two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, South African ruling parties hold talks
    20 december 2001 18:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Top officials of the ruling parties of South Africa and Zimbabwe began closed-door talks in Harare Thursday, reportedly centred on growing regional concerns about Zimbabwe's political stability, ahead of a key presidential election. Full text...

  • Former Senegalese Head of State dies in France
    20 december 2001 18:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former President of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor, has died in France at the age of 95. Full text...

  • Cabinet sets 23 December as election day in Gabon
    20 december 2001 14:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's cabinet has set 23 December as a date for the re-run of its first round of parliamentary elections in eight constituencies, officials sources said. Full text...

  • Alleged terrorists appear before Tunisian military court
    20 december 2001 13:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A group of alleged terrorists "serving in a terrorist organisation operating from abroad in times of peace" Wednesday appeared before the Tunis military court, their lawyers disclosed. Full text...

  • Zambia's electoral body says ballot papers not ready
    20 december 2001 13:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- With only a week before Zambians go to the polls, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairman Bobby Bwalya has revealed that the commission has not printed ballot papers to be used during the elections on 27 December. Full text...

  • Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda calls for coalition
    20 december 2001 12:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda Thursday appealed to Zambian voters in next week's elections to remove the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) from power and replace it with a new breed of young leaders who will rebuild the country's shattered economy. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition leader's case is for the courts - Gbagbo
    20 december 2001 09:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- "The revision of the Ivorian constitution is not on his agenda and the issue of Mr. Full text...

  • Armed group attacks Kayanza in northern Burundi
    19 december 2001 23:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An armed group on Tuesday night attacked and looted shops in Kayanza, northern Burundi region's administrative capital, official sources said Wednesday without giving any death toll. Full text...

  • Former Cape Verdean minister fiercely denounce ECOWAS
    19 december 2001 23:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Former Cape Verdean Finance minister, Jose Tomas Veiga has described ECOWAS as "a complete failure", arguing that the organisation and its motto, regional economic integration, are hitherto only "a mere mirage". Full text...

  • Mozambique sends four military officers to Comoros
    19 december 2001 23:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Four senior Mozambican military officers left Maputo on Saturday for the Comoros as part of an OAU mission to monitor the disarming of the conflicting parties in that Indian Ocean archipelago. Full text...

  • Kabbah to attend Jammeh's induction after ECOWAS summit
    19 december 2001 23:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who flew to Dakar for the ECOWAS summit, would attend the induction of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh after the summit, an official source said Wednesday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Vatican appoints new envoy to DR Congo
    19 december 2001 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Pope Jean-Paul II has appointed Giovani d'Angelio, 46, as the new papal nuncio in DR Congo, the Apostolic Nunciature announced in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Prominent Liberians visit Ouagadougou to sue for peace
    19 december 2001 21:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A delegation of prominent Liberians have urged the people of Burkina Faso and the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress to support the democratic forces of Liberia in their struggle for peace and national development. Full text...

  • Gabonese opposition leader urges supporters to vote Sunday
    19 december 2001 21:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The leader of the opposition National Lumberjacks Rally/Rally for Gabon (RNB-RPG), Paul Mba Abessole, Wednesday called for a massive vote by his supporters during Sunday's second round parliamentary elections in Libreville. Full text...

  • Kadhafi holds talks with Mugabe in Tripoli
    19 december 2001 20:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe extends voter registration to Sunday
    19 december 2001 20:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean election officials Wednesday extended a voter registration exercise for next year's presidential election, due to have ended on 19 December, to Sunday to enable more people register. Full text...

  • France condemns coup attempt in Comoros
    19 december 2001 20:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France on Wednesday condemned the coup attempt on the Comoran Island of Moheli saying the move was an attempt to undermine ongoing OAU efforts to promote national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Annan urges continued focus on traditional world problems
    19 december 2001 19:42:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Besides intensifying the war against terrorism next year, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has reminded the international community to also keep in mind the problems of poverty, disease and conflict that afflict a large segment of the world population. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean leader is visiting Libya
    19 december 2001 14:40:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Tripoli, Libya for a visit. Full text...

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