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  • Trouble feared as Mauritanian party is denied authorisation
    26 august 2002 13:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Police were out in force Monday in Nouakchott to pre-empt trouble, after the authorities rejected an application for authorisation submitted by Convention for Change (CC) opposition party. Full text...

  • Kenyan clerics asked to avoid partisan politics
    26 august 2002 13:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the political thermometer continues to rise in the run-up to Kenya's general elections later this year, Roman Catholic Priests in the country have been told to steer clear of partisan politics. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD pleased with the end of mutiny in Niger
    26 august 2002 12:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The executive council of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has said in Tripoli it was pleased that the mutiny, which broke out in the extreme east of Niger in early August, has ended. Full text...

  • Mugabe under attack in Zimbabwe for firing reformist minister
    26 august 2002 12:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe came under attack Monday from economists and the opposition for firing reformist Finance Minister Simba Makoni in a surprise weekend cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Obasanjo takes message to Nigerians
    26 august 2002 11:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, buffeted by recalcitrant lawmakers who have vowed to sack him from office, has launched a multi-media blitz aimed at sustaining the support of the populace in the lingering face-off between the executive and the legislature. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD stresses importance of various infrastructures
    26 august 2002 08:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has stressed the key importance of upgrading the region's road, airport and maritime infrastructure during its just-ended meeting in Tripoli, Libya. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau premier accuses Yala of abusing power
    26 august 2002 07:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau prime minister Alamara Ntchia Nhasse Sunday accused President Kumba Yala's of abusing power, and he called on his ruling Social Renovation Party (PRS) to give priority to dialogue in solving the country's problems. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Uganda, DR Congo envoys
    26 august 2002 07:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, Sunday in Tripoli received separately Ugandan Foreign Minister James Wapakhabulo and the special adviser to DR Congo president, Kazadi Nyembze Dieudonne, who delivered messages from their respective leaders to their host. Full text...

  • 10 more opposition politicians arrested in Khartoum
    25 august 2002 21:13:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Ten more members of Sudan's opposition Popular National Congress Party (PNCP) of ousted parliament speaker Hassan el Turabi were arrested in Thursday's attack on the home of Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, secretary of the ruling National Congress Party, security authorities said Sunday. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD agrees to set up conflict prevention mechanism
    25 august 2002 20:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The general secretariat of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) have briefed the Executive Council in Tripoli on the competition of a study on the ramifications of forming a conflict prevention, management and resolution mechanism. Full text...

  • SADC decides to boycott donor meetings without Zimbabwe
    25 august 2002 19:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to boycott consultative meetings with the European Union and the US if the Western groups insist on excluding Zimbabwean officials from the talks, Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said Sunday in Harare. Full text...

  • Chinese Prime Minister visits Algeria
    25 august 2002 19:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji arrived Sunday in Algiers for a three-day official visit during which both nations are expected to assess bilateral economic and commercial co-operation. Full text...

  • Annan tell Ivorians to focus on social, economic problems
    25 august 2002 18:57:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed satisfaction with "the political opening-up" in Cote d'Ivoire, as he wound up a short visit to Abidjan Saturday. Full text...

  • London sees Zimbabwean crisis as no bilateral dispute with UK
    25 august 2002 18:28:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has dismissed as nonsense, claims by the ruling ZANU-PF party that the socio-economic and political situation in Zimbabwe is a bilateral dispute with Britain. Full text...

  • New cabinet of Cameroon
    25 august 2002 14:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Following is the list of the new Cameroonian government after Saturday's cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Mugabe maintains hard-line stance against critics
    25 august 2002 14:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe signalled his intention to maintain a hard-line stance against critics by purging a key reformer from cabinet in a surprise weekend reshuffle, political analysts said Sunday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to Speak on Impeachment Threat as MPs Seem Adamant
    25 august 2002 13:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to use a special edition of his monthly "Media chat" programme Sunday night to address the lingering impeachment threat against him, as parliamentarians seemed set to thwart peace moves by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full text...

  • Sudan Says Ready for Dialogue on Death Penalty
    25 august 2002 13:01:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has said it was ready for dialogue on the death penalty specified in its penal code. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD sets BADC capital at 250 million euros
    25 august 2002 12:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) is setting up its own finance house whose start-up capital has been fixed at 250 million euros. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD calls for international conference on Somalia
    25 august 2002 12:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has called on the chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU) to organise an international conference on peace, security and national reconciliation in Somalia. Full text...

  • Old woman killed as Ugandan rebels ambush bus, relief truck
    25 august 2002 11:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An elderly woman was burnt to death Saturday when rebels of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ambushed and set ablaze a passenger bus carrying 43 passengers in Pader district of northern Uganda. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea prepares for presidential poll
    25 august 2002 10:22:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's ruling party has urged all eligible voters in the country to register for the presidential election due to be held in the first half of next year. Full text...

  • Two ministers dropped in Zimbabwe cabinet reshuffle
    25 august 2002 09:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reshuffled his cabinet, dropping two ministers and reappointing all others, a day after he abruptly dissolved his government. Full text...

  • Angolan govt, UNITA agree implementation of Lusaka Protocol
    24 august 2002 21:47:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government and former rebel UNITA movement, have signed an accord in Luanda pledging to wind up the Lusaka Peace Protocol within 45 days. Full text...

  • Taylor rejects dictation from Western countries
    24 august 2002 21:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Saturday vowed his government would not submit to the whims and caprices of any Western government on how to run the affairs of the country. Full text...

  • Liberians in Diaspora snub national reconciliation meeting
    24 august 2002 20:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Many prominent Liberians in the Diaspora and members of local political groups, stayed away from Saturday's national conference on peace and reconciliation called by the government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President reshuffles Government
    24 august 2002 18:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- President Paul Biya of Cameroon Saturday reshuffled the government, maintaining Peter Mafany Musonge as Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister loses parliamentary seat for vote rigging
    24 august 2002 18:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Minister of Sports, Youth and Child Development, Levison Mumba, has lost his parliamentary seat after a High Court ruled that his campaign team had bribed voters and rigged last December's elections in his favour, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt bows to pressure, makes cease-fire offer to rebels
    24 august 2002 16:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government has bowed to local and international pressure and offered a one-week cease- fire to commence dialogue with the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • Mali's new parliament opens 16 September
    24 august 2002 15:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure has set 16 September for opening the country's new National Assembly which emerged from July's parliamentary elections, an official source said in Bamako. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD executive council ends in Libya
    24 august 2002 14:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of the executive council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) ended Friday night in Tripoli after reviewing the political, economic and security situation in the region. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD wants unity, territorial integrity in Sudan
    24 august 2002 12:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The evolution of the peace process in Sudan was discussed at length during proceedings of the eighth session of the executive council of the Community of Sahelo- Saharan States (CEN-SAD) which ended Friday night in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mugabe expected to re-appoint cabinet ministers
    24 august 2002 12:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who dissolved his cabinet Friday, is expected to re-appoint most of his ministers but retire his two ageing vice-presidents, political analysts said. Full text...

  • Zambia's ruling MMD party gets sucked into corruption scandal
    24 august 2002 10:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy was Saturday getting sucked to into the centre of the corruption scandal of former president Frederick Chiluba who is alleged to have misused 20 million US dollars in state funds. Full text...

  • Compaore discusses NEPAD, Liberia with Chambas
    23 august 2002 23:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, Friday discussed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Liberian crisis and Cote d'Ivoire-Burkina Faso relations with visiting ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Benin's media body concerned about coverage of local polls
    23 august 2002 22:10:00
    Abomey- Benin (PANA) -- Some 50 media broadcasting advisors, executives, technical directors and analysts from Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Council (HAAC), are discussing media coverage of local and community elections scheduled for December. Full text...

  • Prime Minister briefs Compaore on Niger mutiny
    23 august 2002 22:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Friday in Ouagadougou, received Niger's Prime Minister Hama Amadou, who brought a message from his country's President Mamadou Tandja. Full text...

  • Envoys swarm Equatorial Guinea urging friendly ties
    23 august 2002 21:53:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea received envoys on Thursday bearing messages from Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo and Mathieu Kerekou of Benin, sources in Malabo indicated. Full text...

  • Mali's new parliament convened for 16 September
    23 august 2002 21:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure issued a decree on Thursday convening for 16 September an extraordinary session of the new National Assembly elected at the parliamentary elections of 14 and 28 July 2002. Full text...

  • Mugabe dissolves his cabinet
    23 august 2002 18:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Friday dissolved his cabinet and would announce a new government on Monday, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Britain appoints new Ambassador to Libya
    23 august 2002 17:50:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has appointed Anthony Layden its new Ambassador to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Full text...

  • 120 illegal Mozambican immigrants get 30 days jail term each
    23 august 2002 17:01:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- For illegal stay in Swaziland, a magistrate court here has sentenced most of 120 Mozambicans to 30 days each in prison without an option of fine. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ponders freedom of Eritrean POWs
    23 august 2002 16:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has announced that his government was considering the resumption of the exchange of prisoners of war with Eritrea. Full text...

  • PIT wants its minister out of Ivorian cabinet
    23 august 2002 16:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Labour Party (PIT) Friday called for the withdrawal of one of its two ministers, Kabran Appiah, (Tourism) from the union cabinet recently formed by Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan. Full text...

  • Trial of Togolese opposition politician postponed
    23 august 2002 15:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The magistrate court in Lome on Saturday indefinitely suspended the trial of Claude Ameganvi, leader of the opposition Labour Party (PT) and Julien Ayih, publication director for the weekly Nouvel Echo. Full text...

  • UK opposition urges Blair to boycott Mugabe at the WSSD
    23 august 2002 15:29:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British opposition leader Ian Duncan Smith has called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to refuse sitting on the same platform with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during next week's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Court nullifies results in two Ivorian districts
    23 august 2002 14:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the results in two districts and confirmed 21 others out of the 28 petitions lodged after the 7 July general council and district polls, it was reliably learnt Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Nigerian Presidency Turns Heat On MPs
    23 august 2002 12:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian presidency, under sack threat from the lower legislative chamber for alleged misrule, has turned the heat on the parliamentarians, even as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues its mediation of the executive-legislative face-off. Full text...

  • Border observer mission visits Bangui
    23 august 2002 12:00:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- An observer mission from the Central African Economic and Monetary Union (CEMAC) and the African Union (AU), charged with resolving the dispute between Chad and the Central African Republic, arrived in Bangui Thursday and met with President Ange-Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deports five Britons in August
    23 august 2002 10:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In what appears to be the beginning of a tit-for-tat policy in retaliation to London's role in orchestrating personal sanctions by the European Union against Zimbabwean officials, five Britons were this month denied entry into the country, a British diplomat in Harare said Friday. Full text...

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