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  • CAR opposition leader rejects mediator named by Patasse
    01 january 2003 19:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Jean Paul N'Goupande, Central African Republic's former Prime Minister says the Archbishop of Bossangoa Paulin Pomodimo, named as mediator in CAR's political crisis by President Ange-Felix Patasse, cannot be neutral. Full text...

  • Compaore sympathises with suffering compatriots
    01 january 2003 19:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore has expressed solidarity with his compatriots "suffering acts of violence" in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Rwandan political transition to end in 2003, says Kagame
    01 january 2003 19:02:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Wednesday in Kigali that the country's political transition, initially scheduled to last for five years would end this year. Full text...

  • CAR opposition leader, Bozize back in Paris
    01 january 2003 18:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Central African Republic Army Chief General Francois Bozize, has returned to Paris after a short trip to Lome, where he held talks with Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, informed sources said in the French capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wade reiterates support for Cote d'Ivoire
    01 january 2003 18:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has assured the Ivorian people of his government's support for efforts towards ending the crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Jammeh sues for global peace
    01 january 2003 18:04:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yaya Jammeh has underscored the importance of dialogue as a means of ending conflicts in the world. Full text...

  • Peace continues to elude Burundi
    01 january 2003 17:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The civil war in Burundi persisted, even intensified in 2002 despite efforts at brokering peace between the transitional government and rebels of the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) and the National Liberation Front (FNL). Full text...

  • US, Tunisia discuss military co-operation
    01 january 2003 17:31:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- US and Tunisian officials have discussed defence co-operation including military assistance to the African country, the Tunisian news agency (TAP) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Armed rebellion marks 2002 in Cote d'Ivoire
    01 january 2003 14:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The year 2002 was strongly marked in Cote d'Ivoire by the armed rebellion that broke out on 19 September against the regime of President Laurent Gbagbo, with its social and economic consequences rippling across West Africa. Full text...

  • French daily extols political change in Kenya
    01 january 2003 14:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Le Monde newspaper has hailed the opposition's victory in Kenya's general and presidential elections, saying it was exemplary of peaceful political change. Full text...

  • Wade brags about Senegal's diplomatic exploits
    01 january 2003 13:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade has boasted of what he intimated was Senegal's diplomatic radiance last year, adding that the country would in 2003 continue to spearhead implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Wade heralds return of peace in Casamance
    01 january 2003 13:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade affirmed Tuesday in Dakar that peace would soon return to the troubled southern region of Casamance, which has been rocked by two decades of armed rebellion waged by the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • Sudan fetes 47th Independence anniversary
    01 january 2003 11:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan is Wednesday celebrating 47 years of independence from Britain and Egypt with a grand festival in the southern White Nile city of Malakal. Full text...

  • Nigerian ruling party clears six for presidential primaries
    01 january 2003 11:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The stage is set for Sunday's crucial presidential primaries in Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is expected to be keen considering the calibre of politicians jostling for the party's sole ticket. Full text...

  • Choice of ex-Nigerian rebel leader throws party into turmoil
    01 january 2003 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's newly registered political parties is in turmoil after its chairman unilaterally announced the choice of former Nigerian rebel leader Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as the party's consensus presidential candidate for the 2003 general polls. Full text...

  • Sudanese govt, opposition congratulate Kibaki
    01 january 2003 11:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Both the government and opposition in Sudan have congratulated Mwai Kibaki for his landslide victory in Kenya's presidential election, with press reports Wednesday saying President Omar el Bashir also acknowledged Kibaki's commitment to carry on with Kenya's mediation in the Sudanese conflict. Full text...

  • Libyan leader congratulates new Kenyan President
    01 january 2003 10:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi has congratulated President Mwai Kibaki on his landslide victory in Kenya's presidential election, commending what he said was the great trust Kenyans bestowed on their new leader. Full text...

  • AU lauds Kenya's democratic, free election
    01 january 2003 10:02:00
    Addis Ababa- (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union (AU) has congratulated the people of Kenya for exercising their democratic rights in freely choosing their leaders. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader promises violence-free election, brighter year
    01 january 2003 09:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday reiterated his vow to make the 2003 general elections in the country violence-free, and promised the citizens a brighter year on the economic front. Full text...

  • Ghana's President Kufuor calls for more support for govt
    31 december 2002 20:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Saying his government would have to take some difficult decisions in the New Year, President John Agyekum Kufuor has appealed to Ghanaians to continue to give the government needed support and encouragement to see it through the task in the second half of its mandate. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader condemns amendment
    31 december 2002 20:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Togolese opposition African People's Democratic Convention (CDPA), Leopold Messan Gnininvi on Tuesday condemned the constitutional amendment which previously limited presidential terms to two per holder. Full text...

  • First batch of Senegalese peacekeepers for Abidjan Friday
    31 december 2002 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first batch of Senegalese soldiers, taking part in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire will leave Dakar Friday for Abidjan, military sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • North-based Ivorian rebels still want to capture Abidjan
    31 december 2002 20:24:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- "We are tired of waiting. Full text...

  • Chissano assesses 2002 in Mozambique
    31 december 2002 20:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Despite the drought that hit southern and central Mozambique this year, the country recorded "advances in the struggle against hunger, illness, underdevelopment and misery," President Joaquim Chissano said Tuesday in his end of year message to the nation. Full text...

  • Eyadema grows more teeth through constitutional amendment
    31 december 2002 19:40:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Tribune du Peuple, an independent weekly close to the Togolese opposition, was hard on the regime, following the revision of the Constitution suppressing the limitation of presidential tenure to two terms. Full text...

  • Mogae greets victorious Kibaki
    31 december 2002 18:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae has sent a congratulatory message to Mwai Kibaki who was sworn in Monday as Kenya's third President. Full text...

  • Bissau-Guinean plans parliamentary elections 30 April
    31 december 2002 17:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala said Guinea- Bissau would hold early parliamentary elections 20 April 2003. Full text...

  • World leaders salute Kibaki
    31 december 2002 16:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World leaders, including those of Japan, China, Switzerland and Ethiopia as well as the US Secretary of State Colin Powell, have sent congratulatory messages to new Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who took office Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slates 26th summit for 16-17 January 2003
    31 december 2002 13:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 26th ECOWAS ordinary summit may hold 16-17 January 2003 in the Senegalese capital Dakar, sources at the sub-regional organisation hinted PANA in Lagos Tuesday. Full text...

  • Moroccans to march in support of Iraq
    31 december 2002 13:23:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- As fears mount of a possible American attack in the Gulf, a group of Moroccan political parties, labour organisations and NGOs have called for a popular march on 12 January in support of Iraq. Full text...

  • Nigeria hails Kenyan elections
    31 december 2002 12:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has hailed last weekend's successful elections in Kenya, saying they went a long way to rekindle the hope and vision for a bright future of democracy and good governance in Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS postpones deployment of peace force in Cote d'Ivoire
    31 december 2002 12:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The arrival of the first contingent of West African peace-keeping troops in Cote d'Ivoire, initially scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 3 January, sources at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dialogue of the deaf over reconciliation talks in CAR
    31 december 2002 12:02:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A national dialogue earlier planned for December ending in the Central African Republic (CAR) might now only hold sometime in 2003, due to lack of enthusiasm from the opposition, which is demanding the resignation of President Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Amendment gives Eyadema chance to seek new term
    31 december 2002 11:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Parliament in Togo has passed an amendment suppressing a clause in the Constitution that had limited the presidential term to two. Full text...

  • Mbeki reaps first fruits of African Union
    31 december 2002 11:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- It might be too early to speak of the achievements of the African Union six months into its official existence, but in South Africa where the organisation was launched the balance sheet is seen to be clearly positive, at least for one man, President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Kenyan New Year gift to Africa's democracy
    31 december 2002 09:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Kenya's clean polls over the weekend were a refreshing break to the monotony of acrimony and recrimination that characterised one of Africa's longest and most tiring election years, 2002. Full text...

  • Burundian journalist creates party targeting youths
    30 december 2002 23:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian journalist Deo Ndayishimiye on Monday obtained papers allowing him to create a new political group called the Party for a Non-violent Society (SONOVI) which will mainly canvass support among youths. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI congratulates new Kenyan President
    30 december 2002 22:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has sent a Congratulation message to Kenya's newly elected Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, an official source said here Monday. Full text...

  • Togolese MPs examine constitutional amendments
    30 december 2002 22:15:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese legislators on Monday started to examine constitutional amendments one of whose major tenets include the removal of a clause limiting the presidential mandate to two terms. Full text...

  • MFDC official urges Senegal to pressurise Diamacoune
    30 december 2002 21:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An official of the rebel Movement of Democratic forces of Casamance (MFDC) has appealed to the Senegalese government to exert pressure on Abbey Diamacoune Senghor to make him accept the opening of negotiations between Dakar and the armed southern pro-independence group. Full text...

  • Minister expects Burundi cease-fire to take effect in January
    30 december 2002 20:28:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's Foreign minister Therense Sinunguruza has expressed optimism the cease-fire agreement signed by the government and rebels on 2 December could come in force in early January 2003. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt forces recapture Bangolo from rebels
    30 december 2002 19:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian government troops on Sunday recaptured Bangolo town, which was seized last week by the rebel Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West (MPIGO) and the Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ). Full text...

  • Seychelles' Rene congratulates new Kenyan President
    30 december 2002 18:07:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- President France Albert Rene of the Seychelles has sent a congratulatory message to newly-inaugurated Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. Full text...

  • Kagame salutes Kibaki
    30 december 2002 17:58:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has congratulated Mwai Kibaki, who was inaugurated Monday as Kenyan third President following his victory in last Friday's poll. Full text...

  • Mauritania reinforces security at US Embassy in Nouakchott
    30 december 2002 17:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Authorities in Mauritania have reinforced security around the US Embassy in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Liberia warns foreign diplomats against travelling to war zone
    30 december 2002 17:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia Monday warned foreign diplomats to "stay away" from conflict zones in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya's Kibaki vows to pursue regional peace initiatives
    30 december 2002 17:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's newly sworn-in President Mwai Kibaki on Monday promised to forcefully pursue initiatives aimed at resolving conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, following the retirement of his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi. Full text...

  • Obasanjo meets ruling party State governors
    30 december 2002 17:04:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday met with the 21 State governors of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, ahead of the party's 3-5 January 2003 presidential primaries. Full text...

  • Ghanaian appointed ECOMOG Deputy Force Commander
    30 december 2002 16:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Monday named Ghanaian Colonel Robert Sackey as the Deputy Force Commander for the ECOMOG force due for deployment to Cote d'Ivoire Tuesday. Full text...

  • Taylor calls for public demonstration against US
    30 december 2002 16:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has called on members of his ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) to "rise up" against US policy towards Liberia by "staging a demonstration throughout the country," the local media reported in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

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