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  • FIDH demands release of Bissau Guinean opposition leader
    06 february 2002 23:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has called on President Kumba Yala of Guinea-Bissau to release opposition Socialist Alliance leader Fernando Gomes. Full text...

  • Togolese authorities stay parliamentary elections
    06 february 2002 23:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- In spite of a Lome framework agreement to that end, parliamentary elections initially scheduled for 10 March in Togo will no longer hold on that date, sources in Lome affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Final results of Congo's referendum on draft constitution
    06 february 2002 21:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Supreme Court Wednesday published final results of a referendum held 20 January on a draft constitution for the country. Full text...

  • No fuss in Ghana about Blair's visit
    06 february 2002 20:46:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Hours before British Prime Minister Tony Blair flies in for a three-day visit as part of an African tour, there is hardly any sign Wednesday that the dignitary is due in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Opposition rejects referendum results in Congo Brazzaville
    06 february 2002 20:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Congo Brazzaville Wednesday called for the cancellation of the results of the 20 January constitutional referendum. Full text...

  • UN election experts arrive in Sierra Leone
    06 february 2002 20:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- National Electoral Commission (NEC) officials in Freetown Tuesday confirmed that 10 UN volunteers were already in Sierra Leone to help prepare general and presidential elections scheduled for 14 May 2002. Full text...

  • British Premier due in Sierra Leone Friday
    06 february 2002 20:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has confirmed that British Prime Minister Tony Blair will arrive in Freetown on 8 February as guest of the government and people of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Francophonie sends fact-finding mission to Madagascar
    06 february 2002 18:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie parliamentary Assembly has sent a fact-finding mission to Madagascar to secure "objective information" on the current political stalemate in that island nation, the assembly announced Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Zambia criticises EU's interference in Zimbabwe poll
    06 february 2002 18:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- New Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Tuesday criticised the European Union (EU) for interfering in Zimbabwe's 9-10 March presidential election, saying this was unhealthy for democracy. Full text...

  • Abubakar to lead Commonwealth observers to Zimbabwe
    06 february 2002 18:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria's former military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to Zimbabwe, state television reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Secretary General in Comoros
    06 february 2002 18:25:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Secretary General, Wilfred Bertile of Reunion, has met with Comoros Foreign Minister, Halidy Charif, as part of his week-long visit to the country. Full text...

  • EU, Zimbabwe lock horns over election observers
    06 february 2002 18:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and the European Union were Wednesday heading for another showdown after Brussels sneaked its election observers without invitation to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • President Kabbah appeals for Kadhafi's help
    06 february 2002 18:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has appealed to Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Kenya's Ruling KANU Party Changes Name, Structure
    06 february 2002 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In an apparent move to boost its chances at the next general elections, Kenya's ruling KANU party, says it is changing its name and structure, to accommodate coalition partners. Full text...

  • Chambas Assumes Post of ECOWAS Executive Secretary
    06 february 2002 15:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, assumed office at the organisation's Secretariat in Abuja Wednesday with a pledge to consolidate the work of his predecessor for the realisation of the Community's objectives. Full text...

  • Out-going ECOWAS Executive Secretary Takes Stock
    06 february 2002 15:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Out-going Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Lansana Kouyate, Wednesday took a retrospective look at his four-year tenure and proclaimed it a success. Full text...

  • Blair due in Nigeria
    06 february 2002 14:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives in Abuja Wednesday night at the start of a two-day official visit to Nigeria. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo leaves for the US
    06 february 2002 13:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo left Abidjan Tuesday for a four-day visit to the United States. Full text...

  • British PM starts four-day tour of West Africa
    06 february 2002 12:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday begins a four-day visit to West Africa amidst criticisms from his political opponents that he is more interested in shuttle international diplomacy rather than tackling growing problems at home. Full text...

  • British PM to Visit Sierra Leone
    06 february 2002 12:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair will make a brief visit to Sierra Leone on Saturday, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libyan, Tunisian officials discuss cultural cooperation
    06 february 2002 07:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan and Tunisian officials are meeting in Tripoli to explore ways and means for enhancing cooperation in the fields of education, culture and information. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD offers mediation in Chad, CAR crisis
    05 february 2002 23:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Dr Madani Al-Azharia, Tuesday said the organisation was making diplomatic moves to resolve the crisis between the Central African Republic and Chad. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, UK row deepens as crucial poll nears
    05 february 2002 23:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and former colonial power Britain are upping the stakes in their diplomatic stand-off over President Robert Mugabe's controversial agrarian reforms as the southern African country prepares to hold a crucial presidential poll next month. Full text...

  • France commends situation in Cote d'Ivoire
    05 february 2002 22:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The situation in Cote d'Ivoire has significantly improved, French Cooperation minister Charles Josselin opined Monday in Paris. Full text...

  • Commonwealth election observers arrive in Zimbabwe
    05 february 2002 21:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- State television reported Tuesday that the first team of Commonwealth election observers had arrived in Zimbabwe to ahead of next month's presidential election. Full text...

  • Mugabe woos Zimbabwe's urban voters
    05 february 2002 21:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe would on Wednesday hold his first urban election campaign rally in the eastern city of Mutare, as he steps up his bid for re- election in a crunch poll due next month. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seeks independent arbitration in dispute with EU
    05 february 2002 21:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Tuesday invoked a section of the Cotonou Agreement by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and the European Union, in seeking an independent arbitration in its dispute with the EU. Full text...

  • OAU/IOC joint mediation mission due in Madagascar
    05 february 2002 21:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A joint mediation mission of the OAU and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is due in Madagascar to help find a solution to the country's post-election crisis. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities reopen case on Yopougon mass grave
    05 february 2002 20:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Justice minister Oulai Siene indicated Monday that a judicial panel had been appointed to take up the controversial trial relating to the Yopougon mass grave. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police release journalist from detention
    05 february 2002 20:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday released a journalist detained overnight on allegations of organising an illegal demonstration last week. Full text...

  • Morocco, China sign new partnership agreements
    05 february 2002 20:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and China on Tuesday signed five new agreements meant to strengthen economic, technical and social cooperation between them, the Moroccan Public TV channel TVM reported. Full text...

  • Amnesty demands Rwanda to release peace workers
    05 february 2002 19:00:00
    London - UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International is urging Rwanda to immediately and unconditionally release three peace and reconciliation activists whom police are detaining at Butare central prison in southern Rwanda. Full text...

  • Security Council on peace mission to Eritrea, Ethiopia
    05 february 2002 18:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A UN Security Council delegation is to visit Eritrea and Ethiopia 20-25 February to assess the peace process between the two countries, the UN has announced. Full text...

  • EU welcomes cease-fire agreement in Sudan
    05 february 2002 18:39:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has commended the Khartoum government and Sudan's Liberation Movement/Nouba for a cease-fire agreement signed on 19 January in Monts Nouba. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD summit for 6-7 March convenes in Sirte
    05 february 2002 17:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) plans to convene its 6-7 March summit in Sirte, Libya, the organisation's secretary general, Dr. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe frees correspondent for London-based newspaper
    05 february 2002 17:32:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A London-based newspaper, The Independent, Tuesday announced the release of Basildon Peta, its correspondent in Zimbabwe from police custody. Full text...

  • Britain, Algeria discuss extradition treaty
    05 february 2002 17:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Justice minister Ahmed Ouyahia has travelled to Britain on an official visit aimed at strengthening mutual judicial cooperation, including extradition of persons wanted for trial in either country. Full text...

  • Antananarivo turns "dead city" Tuesday
    05 february 2002 14:55:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana has called on his supporters to stay at home Tuesday so as "to turn the capital city into a dead city and show that we are ruling the country. Full text...

  • EU observers criticise Zambia Electoral Commission
    05 february 2002 14:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's electoral commission has failed to fulfil its mandate on behalf of the voters, a European Union observer mission says in its report on the country's recent presidential poll. Full text...

  • UN Security Council member to visit Ethiopia, Eritrea
    05 february 2002 10:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- All members of the UN Security Council are expected to visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea from 20-25 February to assess the implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace accord that ended the border war between the two neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe politicians pick on a range of campaign issues
    04 february 2002 23:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As Zimbabwe's crunch presidential poll early next month closes in, politicians are picking up a range of campaign issues, some traditionally absent on election menus, to lobby for support. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean rights group wants state of emergency lifted
    04 february 2002 23:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR) in Sierra Leone has appealed to government to immediately lift the state of emergency imposed in the country almost four years ago "now that the war has ended. Full text...

  • Court swears in Ivorian election body
    04 february 2002 20:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A 25-man Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) elected in Cote d'Ivoire last December has been sworn in by the Abidjan High Court, sources affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Survey shows political apathy among a third of Moroccans
    04 february 2002 19:44:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The results of a survey made public Monday in Rabat showed that some 33 per cent of Moroccans are not interested in politics. Full text...

  • SADC meets in Tanzania as restructuring continues
    04 february 2002 18:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Ministerial Council of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would meet in Zanzibar starting 13 February, as discussions continue on the restructuring of the organisation. Full text...

  • Zambian parliament resumes business Tuesday
    04 february 2002 18:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian parliament resumes its maiden session Tuesday after government withdrew a petition for court interpretation of rules for election of Speaker. Full text...

  • Maghreb experts at Euro-Mediterranean security session
    04 february 2002 17:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Experts from Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia are among 40 participants at the first Euro- Mediterranean session on European security and defence policy, which entered its fourth day at the Paris Military School. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Politicians Spice Campaign With Humour
    04 february 2002 16:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After months of armchair political rattling, Zimbabwean politicians have finally hit the campaign trail for a presidential election due next month. Full text...

  • British minister explains Blair's interest in Africa
    04 february 2002 14:36:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has justified British Prime Minister Tony Blair's interest in Africa with a warning that the continent will lose out on the benefits of globalisation if it is left to itself. Full text...

  • Kenyans Register for 2002 General Elections
    04 february 2002 13:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A month-long voter registration exercise for Kenya's 2002 general elections began Monday in all parts of the country. Full text...

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