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  • Sierra Leonean candidate speaks of breach of voting secrecy
    24 may 2002 22:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's sole female candidate in the recent presidential election, Zainab Hawah Bangura has accused the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of violating the voting rights of soldiers. Full text...

  • Uganda may allow Rwanda to pursue Interahamwe rebels
    24 may 2002 22:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The government of Uganda announced Friday that it would consider a request by Rwanda to pursue Interahamwe rebels believed to be launching attacks from its south-western region. Full text...

  • Presidents Kabbah, Conte hold bilateral talks
    24 may 2002 22:09:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, has held discussions on bilateral cooperation and issues concerning the Mano River Union comprising Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana seeks recognition in Europe and the US
    24 may 2002 21:30:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The foreign minister of President Ravalomanana's regime, Gen. Full text...

  • Benin prepares to celebrate Africa Day
    24 may 2002 21:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's foreign and African integration minister Antoine Idji Kolawole Friday described the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as an opportunity for the continent to meet the aspirations of its population. Full text...

  • Tunisians to vote in constitutional referendum Sunday
    24 may 2002 21:11:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Some 3. Full text...

  • 84 killed in Burundi's rebel war
    24 may 2002 20:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Fighting between Burundi government troops and rebels of the National Liberation Front (FNL) in Rural Bujumbura this month has left at least 84 people dead, military officials here have disclosed. Full text...

  • European Resolutions on Madagascar and Zimbabwe
    24 may 2002 18:38:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Parliament is urging both parties in the political crisis in Madagascar to implement the Dakar Agreement, signed on 18 April 2002, in strict compliance with its existing constitutional law. Full text...

  • Bouteflika pardons more prisoners
    24 may 2002 18:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who granted pardon to 5,100 Common Law offenders recently, to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed, has extended the reprieve to prisoners serving less than a year's jail term, the Presidency announced Friday. Full text...

  • African Diplomats Mark Africa Day at UN
    24 may 2002 17:59:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- African diplomats at the UN held a solemn ceremony Friday to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Full text...

  • Kaunda says he will visit Mwanawasa on Africa Freedom Day
    24 may 2002 14:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians were on Friday preparing to re-dedicate themselves to the lofty ideals of African freedom as part of the continent's commemoration day which falls on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya, Iran to form joint Commission
    24 may 2002 14:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and the Islamic Republic of Iran have agreed to form a joint Commission to strengthen their co-operation, the Speaker of the Kenyan Parliament, Francis ole Kaparo announced in Nairobi Friday. Full text...

  • Regional leaders to meet in Zambia to discuss DR Congo
    24 may 2002 14:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to hold a special session on political and peace developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo next Thursday, President Levy Mwanawasa has said. Full text...

  • Taylor seeks regional support to end insurgency
    24 may 2002 13:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has requested for regional support to end the insurgency in his country by the Liberians United for Reconstruction and Democracy (LURD) dissidents, a senior Sierra Leonean official said Friday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana government seeks UN, OAU support
    24 may 2002 13:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Jacques Sylla, Prime Minister in the contested government of President Marc Ravalomanana, has appealed for support from the UN, the OAU and donor countries in the post-election imbroglio with supporters of former president Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • DR Congo facilitator to continue consultations in Kinshasa
    24 may 2002 13:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The facilitator of the Inter- Congolese Dialogue, former Botswana president Ketumile Masire, is expected in Kinshasa Friday to continue with his consultations with the various parties to the conflict, the facilitator's office said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Nigeria poised to expose corrupt officials
    24 may 2002 13:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently stung by continuous criticism of its anti-corruption efforts, the Nigerian government plans to release the names of three State governors and other top government officials being investigated by the country's anti-corruption Commission. Full text...

  • Predecessor congratulates Mali's President-elect
    24 may 2002 13:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Outgoing Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare has congratulated his successor Amadou Toumani Toure (ATT) for the latter's 65-percent victory at the country's presidential run-off in which he defeated Soumaila Cisse. Full text...

  • 27 political groups sue Nigerian Electoral Commission
    24 may 2002 12:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-seven of the 33 associations seeking registration as political parties in Nigeria have sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its registration guidelines. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan hails AU, NEPAD on occasion of Africa Day
    24 may 2002 12:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has heralded the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), saying they indicate Africa's determination to take charge of its own destiny. Full text...

  • Catholic bishops hail Danforth's peace efforts in Sudan
    24 may 2002 12:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Catholic Bishops operating in the areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in southern Sudan have praised US senator John Danforth for coming up with a reasonable report on the search for peace in the Sudan. Full text...

  • Mbeki to deliver keynote address at Africa Day function
    24 may 2002 09:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Saturday, at a function in Johannesburg marking Africa Day. Full text...

  • President Wade makes new proposals to end Malagasy crisis
    24 may 2002 09:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of a second mediation meeting dubbed Dakar II, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has proposed an "Inter-Malagasy National Forum" to reconcile the protagonists in Madagascar's post-election crisis, diplomatic sources in the Senegalese capital indicated earlier Thursday. Full text...

  • South African Mayor under fire for funding scandal
    24 may 2002 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town's Democratic Alliance mayor Gerald Morkel is facing the biggest political crisis yet in his career after German fugitive Jurgen Harksen on Thursday claimed he had donated money to Morkel's party. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana's advisor says European Parliament misled
    23 may 2002 23:23:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The European Parliament has been "misled" in its stance toward the political crisis in Madagascar, according to a special advisor to President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Court declares Gen. Toure as Mali's new President
    23 may 2002 23:14:00
    Bamako- Mali(PANA) -- Mali's Constitutional Court on Thursday confirmed Gen. Full text...

  • Egyptian diplomat wants economic dimension in AU
    23 may 2002 23:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) should play a centre-stage economic role to help African countries move rapidly towards social progress, the Egyptian Ambassador to France, Ali Maher Al Sayed said in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • 92 parties set for legislative elections in Cameroon
    23 may 2002 22:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least 92 political parties are set to vie in legislative and local govern elections scheduled 23 June in Cameroon, an official source said Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Angolan President gets message from Gabon
    23 may 2002 22:00:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Gabonese foreign minister Jean Ping on Thursday delivered President Omar Bongo's message to his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda, Angola news agency reported. Full text...

  • Moheli Island gets new government
    23 may 2002 21:01:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Moheli autonomous island's President Mohamed Said Fazul, who was installed Sunday, has appointed a five-member cabinet, official sources said in Moroni, capital of the Comoran Union. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire urged to abide by forum's resolutions
    23 may 2002 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The US government has called on Ivorian authorities to abide by the resolutions adopted during the National Reconciliation Forum, a source close to the American embassy confirmed Thursday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • COMESA leaders adopt protocol for Free Trade Area fund
    23 may 2002 20:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Leaders of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) ended their 7th summit in Addis Ababa Thursday after adopting a protocol establishing a fund that will provide budgetary support to countries which have joined its Free Trade Area. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Minister Drags MP to Court over Death Threats
    23 may 2002 19:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwe government minister Thursday dragged an opposition parliamentarian to court over alleged death threats made over the telephone in a case which is captivating the public. Full text...

  • COMESA calls on OAU to address the Madagascar crisis
    23 may 2002 19:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- COMESA leaders Thursday strongly appealed to the Organisation of African Unity and the interna- tional community to urgently address the deteriorating political crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Benin-Nigeria border Treaty for discussion
    23 may 2002 19:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Officials from Benin and Nigeria are to meet in Cotonou 27-31 May, to finalise a draft border co-operation Treaty, initiated in 1992, a Benin official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Outgoing envoy hails Belgian-Burkina relations
    23 may 2002 18:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Out-going Belgian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Jacques Henin has hailed the co-operation between the two countries, especially in the fields of education and tourism. Full text...

  • Journalist elected Sierra Leonean MP
    23 may 2002 18:03:00
    Bo- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Mohamed Kakay, Standard Times newspaper journalist, was one of the MPs elected in Sierra Leone's 14 May presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • African diplomats in Paris emphasise importance of NEPAD
    23 may 2002 16:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The South African Ambassador in Paris, Thuthukile Skweyiya has urged Africans to let Africa Day, falling 25 May, to inspire and sensitise them about the emergence of visionary leadership on the continent committed to promoting economic prosperity. Full text...

  • 18 million Algerians register for parliamentary elections
    23 may 2002 15:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 17. Full text...

  • Mugabe commends African election observers
    23 may 2002 14:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday expressed gratitude to election monitors from Africa for their assessment of the country's 9-11 March presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mandela urges world business to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa
    23 may 2002 13:45:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela Thursday concluded his hectic two-day visit to Malawi with a call to political and business leaders in the world to help sub-Saharan Africa fight what he termed as the region's greatest "war on humanity. Full text...

  • Bissau-Guinean leader fires Interior minister
    23 may 2002 13:26:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Bissau-Guinean President Koumba Yala has fired Interior minister Marcelino Simoes Lopes Cabral, official sources disclosed in Bissau Thursday, without indicating any reasons for the dismissal. Full text...

  • Liberian crisis: opposition parties urge govt to support ECOWAS
    23 may 2002 13:21:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian opposition parties have called on the government to support the ECOWAS peace move aimed at ending the country's on-going crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa grants Swazi activists refugee status
    23 may 2002 12:59:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The South African government has granted two members of Swaziland's main opposition political movement political refugee status. Full text...

  • MONUC official urges Congolese rebel group to ensure security
    23 may 2002 12:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN special envoy Amos Namanga Ngongi has conceded that the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) was incapable of stopping continued killings in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Congolese signatories at odds over Sun City agreement
    23 may 2002 11:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Differences on the implementation of the Sun City agreement have emerged among its signatories, including the Kinshasa government and Jean-Pierre Bemba's Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), sources in the Congolese capital indicated earlier Wednesday. Full text...

  • Jews in South Africa raise concern with Pretoria govt
    23 may 2002 11:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has expressed concern over what it said was the disproportionate amount of attention Pretoria was giving the Middle East question. Full text...

  • Nigerian political party changes name
    23 may 2002 10:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's three registered political parties has changed its name, logo and slogan in a move officials said would redesign the party to capture power at the centre. Full text...

  • Malagasy Defence minister issues ultimatum
    23 may 2002 10:42:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Defence minister and Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Full text...

  • Several adjournments disrupt trial of Ivorian coup suspects
    23 may 2002 10:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rescheduled trial of persons accused of involvement in the failed coup d'état of 7-8 January 2001 in Cote d'Ivoire saw three more adjournments when hearing resumed Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

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