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  • Triki and Essy discuss situation in Central Africa
    21 december 2001 23:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's minister for African Unity Dr Ali Triki on Friday held a telephone discussion with OAU Secretary gehneral Amara Essy on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Senegalese Ambassador to France meets Senghor's widow
    21 december 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Senegalese Ambassador to France, Doudou Diop, arrived Friday morning in Verson, a small city in Normandy (West) where former President Leopold Sedar Senghor, died 19 December at the age of 95, to start arrangement of Senghor's burial Diop is to work out, with Senghor's widow, Colette Hubert- Senghor, arrangements for the solemn transfer of the body and the date of burial, President Abdoulaye Wade said in Dakar. Full text...

  • French dailies memorialise Leopold Sedar Senghor
    21 december 2001 23:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French dailies Le Figaro, Liberation and Le Monde Friday devoted a full page each to the biography of Leopold Sedar Senghor - whom they unanimously recognised as the father of cultural cross-fertilisation. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition leader Nguz Karl I Bond returns home
    21 december 2001 22:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Jean Nguz Karl I Bond, who held several senior posts under the former Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko's government, has returned from exile in South Africa. Full text...

  • Konare hands over ECOWAS mantle, challenges colleagues
    21 december 2001 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare handed over the mantle of ECOWAS leadership to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade at the end of a sub-regional Summit in Dakar Friday, and challenged his colleagues to work toward a federated West Africa within the African Union. Full text...

  • Independent observers offer to mediate in Malagasy election
    21 december 2001 21:35:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Independent observers who monitored the 16 December presidential election in Madagascar have offered to harmonise the divergent poll results being put out by supporters of the leading two candidates, Marc Ravalomanana and Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • Ben Ali condoles Senegal over death of Senghor
    21 december 2001 20:24:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia on Friday condoled Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade over the death of Senegal's former President, Leopold Sedar Senghor, official sources said in Tunis. Full text...

  • West African leaders eulogise Senghor
    21 december 2001 19:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders have eulogised Senegal's founding President Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died Thursday in France at the age of 95. Full text...

  • ECOWAS threatens sanctions against Liberian dissidents
    21 december 2001 19:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders Friday threatened sanctions against dissident Liberian armed groups, especially the Liberian Front for Reconciliation and Democracy (LFRD), which is fighting the government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Koroma urges Africans to learn to forget
    21 december 2001 19:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's former military ruler, Johnny Paul Koroma, said on Friday that Africa would only move forward if the people learned to forgive and forget mistakes of the past. Full text...

  • Inauguration of Nigerian-born mayor in US set for January
    21 december 2001 18:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The inauguration of Nigerian-born mayor of East Cleveland in the United States for a second term, Emmanuel Onunwor, has been scheduled for 12 January 2002. Full text...

  • Senghor was more than a humanist and a poet
    21 december 2001 17:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leopold Sedar Senghor, whose passing away was announced Thursday afternoon by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to his ECOWAS peers meeting in Dakar for their 25th summit, was more than a humanist, poet and man of culture as depicted by the various portraits seen of him. Full text...

  • 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...

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