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  • Marc Ravalomanana "banned" from Toamasina
    14 march 2002 23:45:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy's self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana and his Prime Minister Jacques Sylla have been banned from entering Toamasina port town, a stronghold of the incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka in eastern Madagscar. Full text...

  • President Eyadema orders release of Agboyibo from jail
    14 march 2002 22:56:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has directed the judiciary to set free opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo who has been in prison since August last year. Full text...

  • DRC govt delegation pulls out of Sun City dialogue
    14 march 2002 22:43:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila's government Thursday pulled out of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue being held in South Africa with the aim of ending the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Priest appeals for international intervention in Madagascar
    14 march 2002 22:11:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Father Pedro, a priest known for his charity to underprivileged children in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, has appealed to the international community to condemn the regime of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and help the suffering people. Full text...

  • Commonwealth observers split over Zimbabwe poll
    14 march 2002 21:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Commonwealth election observer team in Zimbabwe's 9-11 March presidential poll got split Thursday over alleged bias against the government by some of its members. Full text...

  • Network formed to mediate in Mano River Union
    14 march 2002 20:48:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Journalists and members of the civil society in countries of the Mano River Union have formed a network that would support initiatives for a lasting peace in t he sub-region. Full text...

  • Kadhafi congratulates Mugabe for his re-election
    14 march 2002 20:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • US queries registration of Sierra Leonean child voters
    14 march 2002 19:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The US government has expressed concern over reports that children below the age of 18 were registered as voters in Sierra Leone's forthcoming presidential and general election. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Says Violence Marred Zimbabwe Poll
    14 march 2002 19:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Commonwealth election observers said Thursday Zimbabwe's March 9-11 presidential election, won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe, was deeply marred by violence. Full text...

  • South Africa declares Zimbabwe poll free and fair
    14 march 2002 19:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma Thursday said his country regarded Zimbabwe's March 9- 11 presidential election as free and far, and urged the international community to accept and respect the people's verdict. Full text...

  • Commonwealth report says Zimbabwe election was flawed
    14 march 2002 18:35:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A preliminary report of the Commonwealth group assigned to monitor the presidential election in Zimbabwe has accused President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party of taking advantage of its incumbency to exploit state resources for the benefit of its electoral campaign. Full text...

  • Britain renews call for Zimbabwe's suspension from Commonwealth
    14 march 2002 17:08:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has renewed its call for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the Commonwealth arguing, that "Zimbabweans have plainly been denied their fundamental right to choose by whom they are governed. Full text...

  • Lockerbie Affair: Libya calls Scottish Court verdict unjust
    14 march 2002 15:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya Thursday described as "unjust," the verdict of a Scottish Court rejecting the appeal by Libyan national, Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi sentenced to life imprisonment over the 1988 Lockerbie affair. Full text...

  • Arrears keep Liberia out of IPU Conference
    14 march 2002 15:03:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's Parliament has suspended the country's participation at this year's Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference, because of accumulated arrears, House Speaker Nyundeuh Morkromonah disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Moi congratulates Mugabe over victory in Zimbabwe poll
    14 march 2002 13:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi Thursday became the first African Head of State to congratulate President Robert Mugabe for his victory at the presidential election held in Zimbabwe at the weekend. Full text...

  • Govt orders Angolan Army to end offensive against UNITA
    14 march 2002 13:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan government has directed the country's Armed Forces to cease all hostilities against the rebel UNITA movement by 23h00GMT Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambians appeal to Mwanawasa to lift ex-president's immunity
    14 march 2002 13:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The National Movement Against Corruption (NAMAC) in Zambia Thursday appealed to President Levy Mwanawasa to allow parliament to lift the immunity of former president Frederick Chiluba so that he could be prosecuted for plundering public resources. Full text...

  • Kagame visits South Africa
    14 march 2002 12:40:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan president Paul Kagame has left Kigali on a two-day working visit to South Africa, a government statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ex-combatants join Liberian forces against dissidents
    14 march 2002 12:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Hundreds of ex-combatants, reportedly recruited to boost Liberian government's fighting force against dissidents, were seen leaving Monrovia in pick-ups early Thursday, and headed for the troubled northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Italian leader promises to work closely with Africa
    14 march 2002 12:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Visiting Italian President Carlo Ciampi said that the success of South Africa's peaceful transition from apartheid to a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural democracy is a beacon of civilisation that illuminates the 20th century. Full text...

  • French author blames Chirac for negative policies towards Africa
    14 march 2002 11:34:00
    Paris- France - French author François-Xavier Vers-chave, head of the Survie (Survival) Association which is fighting for more transparent Franco-African relations more beneficial to Africans, has painted a portrait of French President Jacques Chirac as someone who continues to carry out negative policies towards Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC congratulates Mugabe on poll victory
    14 march 2002 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has sent its "warm congratulations to Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and President Robert Mugabe on their convincing election victory. Full text...

  • Members owe OAU 55 million dollars
    14 march 2002 09:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has urged member States to pay up their 54. Full text...

  • Mbeki consults world leaders on Zimbabwe
    14 march 2002 08:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Thursday dispatched his Deputy, Jacob Zuma, to Harare as he continued consultations with world leaders on the political situation in Zimbabwe after the just-concluded presidential poll. Full text...

  • US Promises More Sanctions Against Zimbabwe
    14 march 2002 07:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Describing Zimbabwe's just-concluded presidential election as "neither free nor fair," US Secretary of State, Colin Powell said Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe's claim of victory in the election does not confer him with "democratic legitimacy. Full text...

  • AI warns about likely human rights abuses in Zimbabwe
    13 march 2002 23:58:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- UK-based human rights group, Amnesty International has urged Zimbabwean police to respect human rights when fulfilling their duties within this period of uncertainty in the country. Full text...

  • Moroccan legislators pass new press code
    13 march 2002 23:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's chamber of deputies has passed a new but controversial press code which is to submitted to the Senate for a second reading. Full text...

  • RSF asks DRC rebels to release detained journalists
    13 march 2002 22:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontières, has appealed to rebel leaders in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to set free two journalists being detained by their movements. Full text...

  • Profile of Congo's newly elected president
    13 march 2002 22:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Denis Sassou Nguesso, who overwhelmingly won last Sunday's presidential election in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) was born in 1943 at Edou near Oyo, in Congo's northern Basin. Full text...

  • ZANU-PF supporters celebrate Mugabe's victory
    13 march 2002 21:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Thousands of supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday took to the streets across the country to celebrate his victory in a fiercely contested presidential election held at the weekend. Full text...

  • Observers declare Zimbabwe poll free, fair
    13 march 2002 21:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Most regional election observers Wednesday declared a presidential poll held in Zimbabwe at the weekend, won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe, as free and fair. Full text...

  • Dissolved Mauritanian party members may form another
    13 march 2002 21:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- After the Supreme Court in Nouakchott upheld the dissolution of the opposition Action for Change (AC) party, its Secretary General, Massaoud Ould Boulkheir, Wednesday announced an alternative to form a new party. Full text...

  • Mugabe's re-election disrupts Congolese talks
    13 march 2002 20:39:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The re-election of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Wednesday disrupted the Inter-Congolese dialogue as members of the defence and security commission argued over the impact of the poll on the war in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt surges against poverty
    13 march 2002 20:16:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane of Gabon has reiterated the strong determination of his government to fight for poverty alleviation in the country. Full text...

  • Gabon condoles with Benin for Ahomadegbe's passing
    13 march 2002 19:50:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's President Omar Bongo sent a condolence message Wednesday to Benin's President Mathieu Kerekou following the death of the country's former leader, Justin Ahomadegbe. Full text...

  • Diplomat says land reform gave Mugabe victory in Zimbabwe
    13 march 2002 19:06:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Zimbabwean High Commissioner to the UK, Simbarashe Simbanenduku Mumbengegwi has attributed President Robert Mugabe victory in the 9-11 March election to his "economic empowerment programme. Full text...

  • OAU mediation efforts in Madagascar not succeeding, says Essy
    13 march 2002 19:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy admitted here Wednesday that the organisation's efforts to resolve the current political conflict in Madagascar have not been successful. Full text...

  • Tsvangirai rejects Mugabe's victory
    13 march 2002 18:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai Wednesday rejected results of Zimbabwe's 9-11 March presidential election, claiming the government rigged the poll in favour of incumbent President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Islamic foundation's Somali office denies Al Quaeda links
    13 march 2002 17:11:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali office of the Al Haramein international Islamic foundation of has denied having any links with the Al Qaeda and Al Itihad al Islam terrorist groups. Full text...

  • Official documents of the 4th Summit of CEN-SAD in Libya
    13 march 2002 16:57:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- The Official documents of the 4th Ordinary Session of The Conference Of Leaders and Heads of State of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) as transmitted to PANA, by the Secretariat on Thursday 14th March 2002, are to be found below. Full text...

  • British politicians reject Mugabe's victory
    13 march 2002 16:25:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Politicians across the spectrum in Britain are calling on the British government to take steps to ensure that the international community rejects the result of Zimbabwe's presidential elections in which incumbent President Robert Mugabe scored a 56-percent victory. Full text...

  • Cheney visits Egypt as US sounds Arab opinion on Iraq
    13 march 2002 16:06:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Some 12 years after he managed, as Defence Secretary, to rally Egypt behind the coalition against Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, US Vice-President Dick Cheney is holding talks Wednesday with President Hosni Mubarak as Washington lays the ground for a possible strike on Baghdad. Full text...

  • OAU team suggests government of national unity in Madagascar
    13 march 2002 16:02:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU's contact group on Madagascar's political crisis, Tuesday in Antananarivo suggested the setting up of a national reconciliation government to organise a "transparent, free and fair" election in the troubled country. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire voices reservations about UEMOA Parliament
    13 march 2002 15:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Côte d'Ivoire has expressed serious reservations over plans to set up the Parliament of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at the end of the year, Senegalese MP Abdoulaye Faye, who is president of the Union's Inter-Parliamentary Committee (CIP), said. Full text...

  • South African observers declare Zimbabwe poll "legitimate"
    13 march 2002 15:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Observer Mission (SAOM) on Wednesday said Zimbabwe's elections were legitimate. Full text...

  • Need for People-Driven African Integration
    13 march 2002 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Brilliant ideas are never in short supply when it comes to the question of unity and integration in Africa. Full text...

  • Mbeki adopts wait-and-see approach to Zimbabwe's election
    13 march 2002 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Wednesday refused to be drawn into the controversy following Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's election victory, saying he will only comment once he has received final reports from the observer missions who monitored the election process. Full text...

  • Britain says Zimbabwe election outcome is no surprise
    13 march 2002 15:23:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has issued a statement saying that Britain is not surprised with the outcome of the presidential election in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • IPC ends ninth ordinary session in Mali
    13 march 2002 15:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The ninth ordinary session of the Inter- Parliamentary Committee of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) ended Tuesday night in Bamako, with a call on the eight UEMOA member countries to make integration a reality. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe generally calm after release of poll results
    13 march 2002 14:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe was relatively calm Wednesday with the police and military under high alert, after the announcement of results of a fiercely contested presidential election, which gave incumbent President, Robert Mugabe, 56-percent victory. Full text...

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