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  • Malawi opposition group sets tone for 2004 poll
    03 january 2003 16:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Although Malawi opposition leader Brown Mpinganjira is yet to be declared as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)'s presidential candidate for the 2004 general elections, his arrival at the pressure group's first national conference in Blantyre had all the trappings of a presidential hopeful. Full text...

  • Obasanjo favoured to pick ruling party's presidential ticket
    03 january 2003 16:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) begins its national convention in the capital city of Abuja Friday, political observers say President Olusegun Obasanjo's chances of emerging the party's candidate in April's presidential polls are bright. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe editor claims government hand in his dismissal
    03 january 2003 16:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Geoffrey Nyarota, the sacked editor of Zimbabwe's lone private newspaper, the Daily News alleged Friday that the government was behind his dismissal earlier this week. Full text...

  • Kibaki to help turn Rwandese suspects to tribunals
    03 january 2003 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Friday pledged to cooperate with the international community to ensure that all suspects of the Rwandese genocide are brought to book. Full text...

  • Kibaki names cabinet
    03 january 2003 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Friday announced a National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) cabinet that saw a mixture of the old and the new being given positions in the line-up. Full text...

  • UMA scribe urges concerted action among member states
    03 january 2003 13:58:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- In connection with a ministerial conference of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) opening Friday in Algiers, secretary general Habib Boulares has stressed the need to revamp the organisation. Full text...

  • Algeria Minister underscores importance of UMA meeting
    03 january 2003 13:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem said important issues would dominate the 20th meeting of Maghreb Arab Union (UMA) Foreign Ministers, due to open Friday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Mauritius bids for ECOSOC seat at UN
    03 january 2003 12:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will present a bid at the next General Assembly meeting for a seat at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), after sitting on the Security Council over the past year, an official said. Full text...

  • Khartoum govt, SPLM/A accuse each other of truce violation
    03 january 2003 12:26:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Fighting has erupted in Southern Sudan with the Khartoum government forces and rebels of the Sudan People's liberation Movement/Army(SPLM/A) accusing each other of violating a truce in force since mid-October 2002. Full text...

  • Kabila pledges to implement all peace agreements
    03 january 2003 11:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila has promised to implement all peace agreements, including those he signed with Rwanda and Uganda, towards ending his country's civil war. Full text...

  • Envoy calls on Ghanaians to pray for Kufuor
    03 january 2003 07:45:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Ghana's High Commissioner in London, Isaac Osei has called on Ghanaians in Britain to pray for President John Kufuor's continued protection and guidance on his vision for a united and prosperous Ghana. Full text...

  • FDD rebels say Burundian army is stopping their EU ration
    02 january 2003 23:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian rebels have accused the loyalist army of blocking food supply to their troops by the European Union by stationing military positions at points meant for the receipt of humanitarian aid. Full text...

  • Ivorian army confirms southwestern rebel attack
    02 january 2003 22:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebels of the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West (MPIGO) attacked Neka village, 650 km south west of Abidjan, a spokesman of the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI), Lieutenant Colonel Jules Yao Yao confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • UMA holds ministerial council Friday
    02 january 2003 22:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of the Maghreb Arab Union (UMA) are expected to convene here Friday after experts of the organisation prepared their agenda in a one-day meeting on Thursday. Full text...

  • Dominique de Villepin expected Friday in Abidjan
    02 january 2003 22:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin announced plans here Thursday that he would travel Friday to Côte d'Ivoire, where an armed rebellion is opposed to the government since 19 September 2002. Full text...

  • Ghanaian peacekeepers fly to Cote d'Ivoire 10 January
    02 january 2003 21:03:00
    Tema- Ghana (PANA) -- About 80 senior military officers from ECOWAS countries, 13 of them Ghanaians, would be flown by a French plane to Cote d'Ivoire on Friday, January 3 to prepare for the arrival of ECOWAS peacekeepers on 10 January. Full text...

  • Central African MP objects general amnesty
    02 january 2003 21:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An exiled legislator from the Central African Republic (CAR) Charles Massi on Thursday rejected the proposed general amnesty in his country, which has faced a serious political crisis for the several months now. Full text...

  • US is against fraudulent elections in Liberia, says envoy
    02 january 2003 19:37:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US ambassador to Liberia, John Blaney, said here Thursday that Washington was "concerned" that preparations for the 2003 general elections in Liberia are "inadequate" and the necessary conditions "do not yet exist to permit free and fair elections". Full text...

  • Ivorian presidential adviser slates Liberian mercenaries
    02 january 2003 19:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An adviser to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, Toussaint Alain has urged the international community to condemn Liberian armed mercenaries currently terrorising innocent civilians in Ivorian villages along the border with that country. Full text...

  • Timetable out for Liberian elections in October 2003
    02 january 2003 18:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Elections Commission (ECOM) in Liberia Thursday announced the timetable for the holding of presidential and general elections scheduled 14 October 2003 in the country. Full text...

  • Envoy says US sees 'no military solution' to Liberian problem
    02 january 2003 17:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US Ambassador to Liberia, John Blaney, Thursday said Washington "does not believe that there can be a military solution" to the problems facing Liberia. Full text...

  • Opposition parties condemn military justice in Niger
    02 january 2003 17:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Political parties in Niger are sharply divided over the pertinence and constitutionality of the code of military justice adopted by the National Assembly in Niamey. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD representatives accredited to Tripoli
    02 january 2003 15:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ambassadors of Senegal, Sudan and Eritrea accredited to Tripoli Thursday presented their letters of credence as permanent representatives of their respective countries to the general secretariat of the Community of Sahelo- Saharan States (CEN-SAD). Full text...

  • Ivorian archbishop calls for nation's self-examination
    02 january 2003 14:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Archbishop of Abidjan, Bernard Agre, Thursday called on all Ivorians to examine their conscience and "operate according to the four pillars of peace. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana urges haste in Madagascar's development
    02 january 2003 14:02:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- In a terse address ushering in the New Year, Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana Wednesday expressed the wish for a quicker pace in the country's development during 2003. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel leader appeals to FANCI to disarm
    02 january 2003 13:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) rebels, Guillaume Kigbafory Soro, has called on the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI) to lay down arms. Full text...

  • ECOMOG force Commander due in Abidjan Sunday
    02 january 2003 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Commander of the West African peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire, Senegalese General Papa Khalilou Fall, is expected to arrive in Abidjan Sunday, ahead of the full deployment of the force 10 January, ECOWAS sources told PANA in Lagos Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo peace process boosted in 2002, but...
    02 january 2003 12:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The peace process in DR Congo recorded a significant progress in 2002, with the signing of a series of agreements marking the withdrawal of foreign troops and the announcement of a comprehensive political transition, but the future remains uncertain. Full text...

  • Painful political transition in Madagascar
    02 january 2003 11:01:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The year 2002 was marked by a painful political transition in Madagascar following the bitter electoral dispute between former President Didier Ratsiraka and his successor Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Bouake residents worried by rebels' anti-social behaviours
    02 january 2003 09:50:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Residents of Bouake, headquarters of Ivorian (MPCI) rebel movement, now complain about robberies, especially car thefts and other anti-social behaviours of young armed men in the City. Full text...

  • Seychelles opposition leader calls for equitable society
    02 january 2003 08:19:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Pastor Wavel Ramkalawam, leader of the opposition Seychelles National Party (SNP), has called for greater freedom and equity in the country. Full text...

  • Ugandan Parliament dogged by scandals in 2002
    02 january 2003 08:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's 7th parliament ended the 2002 session on a low note amid sex and corruption scandals involving MPs, among other setbacks. Full text...

  • Nguesso urges end to violence in Congo Brazzaville
    01 january 2003 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso has urged his compatriots to end violence and hatred, and embrace peace. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt reduces curfew period for New Year eve's celebration
    01 january 2003 19:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian government reduced the curfew period by five hours Tuesday night to enable the population to celebrate New Year eve's festivities. Full text...

  • 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...

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