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  • Taylor makes peace overtures to opposition camp
    11 march 2002 19:27:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Monday made peace overtures to opposition politicians, "promising not to do anything that will obstruct the ensuing 2003 electoral process". Full text...

  • Malagasy MPs demand resignation of their Speaker
    11 march 2002 19:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Members of Parliament in Madagascar have called for the resignation of their Speaker, Ange Andrianarisoa, accusing him of mismanagement of public funds. Full text...

  • Four Malian parties back Toumani Toure's candidacy
    11 march 2002 19:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Four Malian opposition political parties grouped under the Movement for Democracy and Change (MDC) have declared Amamdou Toumani Toure (ATT) as their common candidate in the April 2002 presidential election. Full text...

  • Senegalese President arrives in Mauritius
    11 march 2002 18:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade arrived in Port-Louis Monday morning to attend the 34th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius, which falls on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans end balloting in extended presidential election
    11 march 2002 18:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Polling in Zimbabwe's presidential election ended Monday at 7PM local time, and counting of ballots is expected to start Tuesday morning, the Election Directorate chairman, Mariyawanda Nzuwa said. Full text...

  • Morocco denounces Israeli actions against Palestinians
    11 march 2002 17:36:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has strongly denounced "Israel's systematic use of force" against Palestinians, resulting in dozens of deaths in the past few days, the official Moroccan News Agency, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean diplomat accuses foreign media of bias
    11 march 2002 17:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean Embassy official in France, Monday expressed alarm at what he considered a misrepresentation of fact by a section of the international media. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police allege arrest of "fleeing" opposition leader
    11 march 2002 17:26:00
    Plumtree- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe State Radio quoted police Monday as alleging that a senior official of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had been arrested at the border with Botswana as he "tried to flee the country to escape treason charges. Full text...

  • Ruling expected in Ethiopia, Eritrea boundary dispute 13 April
    11 march 2002 17:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An independent panel established under accords that ended the 1998-2000 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia will announce a final decision 13 April in the boundary dispute between both countries, a UN official said Monday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Africa could learn from French election campaigns
    11 march 2002 16:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As the French political class gears up for elections slated for April, France, which usually plays a role model for many African countries appears too busy to either impact or officially comment on the unfolding political crises in Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates double landmark events Tuesday
    11 march 2002 16:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade arrived Monday in Port Louis as special guest to take part in celebrations marking Mauritius' 34th independence anniversary and the 10th year since it became a Republic. Full text...

  • OAU council of ministers to meet on Wednesday
    11 march 2002 16:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 75th ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers has been slated for 13-15 March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UFP names candidates for Mauritanian senate elections
    11 march 2002 15:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The opposition Union of Forces for Progress (UFP) has announced its candidates for elections into the Mauritanian senate, slated for 12 April 2002. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt says opposition planning violence
    11 march 2002 14:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Monday it had uncovered a plot by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party to engage in violence if it loses the current three-day presidential election which ends Monday. Full text...

  • BBC blames Britain for Mugabe's alleged human rights abuses
    11 march 2002 13:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A BBC television programme, Panorama, Sunday night, added to the growing reports carried in recent days by the British media on the political situation in Zimbabwe, especially claims of human rights abuses by President Robert Mugabe's government. Full text...

  • Niger Speaker to chair Francophonie Parliament in 2003
    11 march 2002 13:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Niger National Assembly Speaker Mahamane Ousmane will head the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (AFP) beginning July 2003, according to official sources in Paris. Full text...

  • South African opposition leader hits back at critics
    11 march 2002 13:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tony Leon, leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has hit backs at critics who have called his party unpatriotic. Full text...

  • Voting opens for day three in Zimbabwe
    11 march 2002 12:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voting resumed for the third day in Zimbabwe's presidential election Monday afternoon, under tight security, which officials said was to prevent multiple balloting. Full text...

  • Libya announces humanitarian relief to Palestinians
    11 march 2002 12:25:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has announced a grant of 50 million US dollars in humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians, who have come under severe Israeli military attacks in the escalating Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • US Papers Feature Zimbabwe's Poll
    11 march 2002 11:30:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Leading US newspapers on Sunday carried reports on Zimbabwe's crucial presidential election, which opened Saturday. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa fires Information Minister
    11 march 2002 11:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has dismissed his Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Vernon Mwaanga, and withdrawn his nomination to Parliament with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Voting in Zimbabwe uncertain as polling booths remain shut
    11 march 2002 10:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Polling centres in Zimbabwe's presidential election re-opened Monday in the capital Harare, but voting at most of the stations was suspended pending instructions from the government, which appeared reluctant to re-open voting booths in spite of a high court order to do so for Monday. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese Dialogue amends agenda
    11 march 2002 08:04:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates to the tottering Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa, have agreed a change in procedure and an amendment to the agenda. Full text...

  • Zambian poll observer dies in Zimbabwe
    11 march 2002 07:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zambian election observer has died of malaria in Zimbabwe's northern town of Karoi, Zimbabwe poll officials said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe voting extended to Monday
    10 march 2002 20:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe Sunday extended voting in a two-day weekend presidential poll by another day, due to a massive turnout throughout the country. Full text...

  • Fourth session of the Joint ACP-AU assembly in Cape Town
    10 march 2002 19:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The fourth session of the joint parliamentary assembly between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union (EU) will be held 18-21 March in Cape Town, South Africa, according to a communiqué published in Brussels. Full text...

  • Congolese vote calmly, though voter apathy in Brazzaville
    10 march 2002 19:04:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Enthusiasm was lukewarm Sunday in Brazzaville as Congolese cast their ballots to elect a president. Full text...

  • French Premier suggests compromise in Madagascar
    10 march 2002 18:21:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French Prime Lionel Jospin, who is a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, has called for a compromise in Madagascar, to end the political and institutional crisis following the 16 December presidential poll. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone completes voters' registration
    10 march 2002 17:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Voters registration for the 14 May 2002 presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone has been completed, National Electoral Commissioner Walter Nicol confirmed Sunday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government refuses to extend polling days
    10 march 2002 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Sunday petitioned the High Court after the Zimbabwe government rebuffed its pleas for voting in a two-day weekend presidential election to be extended due to a massive voter turnout. Full text...

  • Unique birthday present await presidential hopefuls
    10 march 2002 16:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- What's the most exciting birthday present can anyone wish to receive? A Mercedes Benz? A house? Two of the five politicians contesting in Zimbabwe's two-day weekend presidential election are hoping the nation's electorate will hand them the country's top political job as a birthday gift. Full text...

  • Two million cast ballots Saturday in Zimbabwe
    10 march 2002 16:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Figures released by election officials in Zimbabwe Sunday showed that nearly two million people voted on the first day of voting Saturday in a two-day weekend presidential poll. Full text...

  • Former Malian head of state joins presidential race
    10 march 2002 16:06:00
    Sikasso- Mali (PANA) -- Former Malian head of State, Gen. Full text...

  • Nigeria's former rebel leader to run for president
    10 march 2002 14:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's former rebel leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu, has signified his intention to run for the country's presidency in 2003 under the opposition All Peoples Party (APP), the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritian president declares personal assets
    10 march 2002 14:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The new president of Mauritius, Karl Offman, on Sunday issued a declaration of all his assets, the State House said in a statement. Full text...

  • Conflicting reports on fairness of Zimbabwean poll
    10 march 2002 14:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South African Observer Mission to this weekend's presidential election in Zimbabwe, Samuel Motsuenyane, has expressed general satisfaction with the peaceful way in which the first day of voting took place. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Beefs Up Polling Staff
    10 march 2002 13:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Election officials in Zimbabwe Sunday increased polling staff at voting centres in a weekend presidential poll, particularly in Harare, to ease congestion. Full text...

  • US says will not recognise fraudulent Zimbabwe poll
    10 march 2002 13:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior US government official said Sunday Washington would not recognise results of the presidential election being held this weekend in Zimbabwe if the poll was rigged. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Allows Journalists into Polling Stations
    10 march 2002 13:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe election officials said Sunday they would allow journalists inside voting stations of a weekend presidential poll to witness proceedings and take photographs. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Votes, Predicts Victory
    10 march 2002 12:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai cast his ballot Sunday in a two-day presidential election and predicted victory over incumbent President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Former Zambian president to relinquish party leadership
    10 march 2002 10:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba, currently under siege from forces within and outside his ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy, has accepted to step down as leader of the party. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans Stream Back Home to Vote
    10 march 2002 10:18:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Hundreds of Zimbabweans resident in Botswana have been streaming back home to take part in a two-day presidential election held over the weekend. Full text...

  • Voting In Zimbabwe Presidential Poll Continues
    10 march 2002 09:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voting in Zimbabwe's two-day presidential election re-opened Sunday with growing calls for an extension of balloting to allow all registered voters to take part. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean President Kabbah to stand for second term
    10 march 2002 09:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Tejan Kabbah has officially announced that he will seek a second five-year term in office. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean whites turn out in large numbers to vote
    09 march 2002 20:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- White Zimbabweans, facing an uncertain future, turned out in large numbers Saturday to vote in the country's presidential election. Full text...

  • More than 50,000 refugees pour into Zambia from DR Congo
    09 march 2002 17:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 50,000 refugees from DR Congo have crossed into Zambia in the past two days, confirming fears of an eruption of fresh fighting in the troubled central African state. Full text...

  • Angolan Home Affairs minister optimistic about end of war
    09 march 2002 17:37:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Home Affairs minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos hinted Friday about positive signs that UNITA rebels were contemplating laying down their arms to help restore peace in the country. Full text...

  • FIDH dismisses Congo Brazzaville's presidential polls
    09 march 2002 17:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights' League (FIDH, has described Sunday's presidential poll in Congo Brazzaville as a "smokescreen". Full text...

  • Mbeki appeals for Zimbabweans to reaffirm commitment to democracy
    09 march 2002 15:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has urged his South African compatriots to do their utmost to help the people of Zimbabwe forge democracy, peace, stability and prosperity in the neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe voters keep politicians guessing
    09 march 2002 15:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean voters Saturday kept the country's politicians guessing about the likely outcome of a two- day weekend presidential poll by turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots in both rural and urban areas. Full text...

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