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  • 80 former FAR troops return to Rwanda
    01 october 2002 19:58:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Eighty former military officers from the Rwanda Armed Forces (FAR) Monday arrived in Kigali from the DR Congo town of Kamina, where they have been living as part of a contingent of 2,000 troops disarmed by the DRC authorities and waiting for repatriation. Full text...

  • "We would like Gbabgo to go," says a chief mutineer
    01 october 2002 19:43:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Sergeant Daouda Konate, one of the leaders of the ongoing mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire has called for the resignation of Laurent Gbagbo and the organisation of early elections. Full text...

  • Obasanjo sees bright future as Nigerians mark National Day
    01 october 2002 19:29:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday assured Nigerians of light beyond the current dark clouds of want and anguish in Africa's most populous nation, which is celebrating its 42nd anniversary of Independence from Britain. Full text...

  • Ould Taya sends envoy to Laurent Gbagbo
    01 october 2002 18:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has sent an envoy to his Ivorian counterpart Laurent Gbagbo over ongoing mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, diplomatic sources said in Nouakchott Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party extends local elections lead
    01 october 2002 18:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The ruling party in Zimbabwe Tuesday extended its lead in local government constituencies through elections held over the weekend, grabbing 161 ward seats compared to 37 for its nearest rival. Full text...

  • Bouteflika visits Spain 7-9 October
    01 october 2002 17:51:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will visit Spain 7-9 October, a statement from the Presidency said in Algiers Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs urge Moi to appoint a vice-president
    01 october 2002 17:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Parliament resumed sitting Tuesday after a two-month recess with MPs calling on President Daniel arap Moi to name a new vice-president to succeed George Saitoti, whom he sacked in August. Full text...

  • Opposition calls for election observers in Seychelles
    01 october 2002 17:12:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An opposition party leader in Seychelles has called for international observers to take part to the forthcoming parliamentary elections in the archipelago. Full text...

  • Seychelles Foreign minister due in France Wednesday
    01 october 2002 16:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Jeremie Bonnelame, Seychelles' Foreign minister and acting chairman of the Indian Ocean Commission, begins a three-day visit to France Wednesday, official sources said Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI receives Sudanese President's envoy
    01 october 2002 15:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has received in Marrakech, a special message from his Sudanese counterpart Omar el Bashir, State television (TVM) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana moves into Ratsiraka's palace
    01 october 2002 15:25:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravolamanana has moved into Iavolha Palace that was the residence of his fugitive predecessor Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • Ivorian government extends curfew to 7 October
    01 october 2002 13:55:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government Monday extended up to 7 October the curfew it declared during the outbreak of the mutiny on 19 September. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party wins parliamentary by-election
    01 october 2002 11:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party was Tuesday declared winner of a parliamentary by-election held over the weekend. Full text...

  • Mbeki to hold talks with Mugabe at SADC summit
    01 october 2002 11:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki will hold talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit opening in Luanda, Angola, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bouteflika sends condolence message to President Wade
    01 october 2002 09:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a condolence message to his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade following last Thursday's sinking of the ferry "Le Joola" off the Gambian coast. Full text...

  • 16 parties, 8 independent candidates race in Togolese polls
    30 september 2002 23:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Sixteen political parties and eight independent candidates have registered to run in early parliamentary elections scheduled for 27 October in Togo, according to a 7-strong committee of judges (C7) organising the polls. Full text...

  • Secessionist threats in Cameroon heighten on eve of 1 October
    30 september 2002 21:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Disturbances are feared Tuesday in English-speaking Cameroon following threats by the separatist Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to organise public manifestations in the region. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea sends delegation to Spain
    30 september 2002 21:18:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- An Equatorial Guinean delegation, led by minister of State for Labour, Ricardo Obame Nfubea, has travelled to Spain on a mission to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, State radio reported in Malabo Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party takes lead in polls
    30 september 2002 20:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party Monday took an early lead in weekend local government elections - winning in 72 wards, against 12 for its nearest rival - where counting had been completed by the day's end. Full text...

  • Kumba Yalla visits Gambia
    30 september 2002 20:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- President Kumba Yalla of Guinea Bissau arrived in Banjul Monday on a two-day visit to Gambia, being seen as a sign of further improvement in relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean opposition leaders get bail on treason trial
    30 september 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Harare Magistrate's Court Monday granted three Zimbabwean opposition leaders bail and adjourned their treason trial to 11 November. Full text...

  • Rwanda holds reconciliation conference in October
    30 september 2002 18:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Rwandans are expected to attend the country's second national unity and reconciliation conference on 26-28 October in Kigali The organisers said they expected delegates from the country's 106 districts and abroad-based Rwandans. Full text...

  • Ivorian Army Chief of Staff Resurfaces
    30 september 2002 17:34:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Full text...

  • Batswana celebrate 36 years of nation's Independence
    30 september 2002 17:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Batswana marked their country's 36th independence anniversary Monday with President Festus Mogae criticising some older and wealthy individuals for luring young girls with money for sex. Full text...

  • Ghanaian VP urges Africans to master their destiny
    30 september 2002 17:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Vice-President Aliu Mahama on Monday called on Africans to explore global realities and bring positive changes to their lives as masters of their own destiny. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military option in Côte d'Ivoire still open
    30 september 2002 14:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With concerns over the growing number of mercenaries and easy access to arms in West Africa, regional leaders plead with rebels in Côte d'Ivoire to end the growing crisis in the country at round-table talks. Full text...

  • Malian parties concerned about Ivorian crisis
    30 september 2002 13:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Alliance for the Republic (ARD) which groups about a dozen political parties on Monday expressed concern about developments in Cote d'Ivoire where a portion of the army has mutinied. Full text...

  • Thabo Mbeki stops over in Luanda from Accra summit
    30 september 2002 13:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Joمo Miranda on Monday welcomed South African President Thabo Mbeki during a stop-over at Luanda Airport while en route home from an emergency ECOWAS summit in Accra, Ghana, on the military crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls in Kenya seek nomination
    30 september 2002 11:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Campaigns for the ruling party's presidential candidate in Kenya intensified at the weekend as contenders engaged in a war of words barely a fortnight before the nomination congress. Full text...

  • Uganda completes withdrawal of troops from DR Congo
    30 september 2002 10:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has completed the withdrawal of troops from the northern region of war-torn DR Congo, authorities of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) confirmed Monday in Kampala. Full text...

  • Burkinabe ruling party condemns unrest in Côte d'Ivoire
    30 september 2002 10:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) in Burkina Faso has condemned the military unrest in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Wade urges Gbagbo to accept dialogue with mutineers
    30 september 2002 09:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS chair Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is urging President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire to engage in dialogue with disgruntled soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September and who now have control of three major towns in the north of the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS agrees urgent mission to end Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 20:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders agreed Sunday in Accra to create a "high-level" mediation mission of Heads of six States comprising Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorians hold pro-Gbagbo rally in Paris
    29 september 2002 19:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Scores of sympathisers gathered Sunday afternoon at the Human Rights Square in Paris in support of President Laurent Gbagbo, as fighting continues in Cote d'Ivoire between loyalist and rebel forces. Full text...

  • Burkinabes protest attacks on compatriots in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 18:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Thousands of people converged Saturday in front of the Ivorian embassy in Ouagadougou to protest against attacks on Burkinabe nationals in Cote d'Ivoire following a military uprising the authorities in Abidjan blame on "external enemies. Full text...

  • 500 reportedly killed in Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 17:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Diplomatic sources in Cote d'Ivoire say as many as 500 people have been killed since a mutiny broke out in the country late last week, and particularly following fierce fighting in Bouake, 350 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Islamic party makes big gains in Moroccan parliamentary polls
    29 september 2002 17:30:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's moderate Islamist Party for Justice and Development (PJD) has made remarkable gains in parliamentary elections held 27 September, with early returns placing it in third position, Interior minister Driss Jettou indicated Saturday evening. Full text...

  • African leaders condemn Ivorian uprising
    29 september 2002 17:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders at an emergency Summit in Accra Sunday condemned the action of Ivorian mutinous soldiers and urged a quick restoration of democracy and stability in that country. Full text...

  • Ivorian body mobilises support for government forces
    29 september 2002 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Workers of the Abidjan Port Authority (PAA) have raised 56 million francs CFA (83,000 US dollars) as contribution to what they said was the "war effort," in support of government forces fighting mutinous soldiers in the north of the country. Full text...

  • West African leaders consult on Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 15:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders are meeting Sunday in Accra, Ghana, in an emergency summit convened by Senegalese President and ECOWAS chairman Abdoulaye Wade, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Fighting resumes, Ivorian mutineers advance towards Yamoussoukro
    29 september 2002 14:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- After a three-day lull, fighting has resumed between Ivorian loyalist forces and mutineers in the town of Tiebissou, 60 km from the Ivorian capital of Yamoussoukro. Full text...

  • Pressure delays offensive against Ivorian mutineers - Minister
    29 september 2002 13:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence minister, Moise Lida Kouassi, said Saturday that Western states were pressurising Cote d'Ivoire to delay the loyalist forces' offensive against mutineers controlling the cities of Bouake (Centre) and Korhogo (North) since 19 September. Full text...

  • Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean leader Pires concerned about Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 11:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires has sent a message to his Ivorian counterpart, Laurent Gbagbo, expressing serious concern about the current soldiers' mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, official sources said in Praia, the Cape Verdean capital. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader to hold Gbagbo-Compaore meeting in Ghana
    29 september 2002 11:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A private meeting between Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo and his Burkinabe counterpart, Blaise Compaore, may be held in Accra, Ghana, on the sidelines of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit, according to press reports here quoting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Leaders arrive in Ghana for emergency summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders Sunday started arriving in Accra to attend a daylong emergency summit called to find a solution to an uprising led by hundreds of soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire, which the Ivorian government has described as an attempted coup. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Eyadema urge Ivorian mutineers to lay down arms
    28 september 2002 20:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Bissau diplomats oppose ambassador's appointment
    28 september 2002 19:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's Career Diplomats Action Group strongly opposed President Kumba Yala's appointment of Kalidou Balde as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader arrested in Lome
    28 september 2002 19:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Police in Lome on Saturday arrested the secretary general of Togo's opposition Union of the Forces of Change (UFC) Jean-Pierre Fabre, sources at his party headquarters disclosed. Full text...

  • Low turnout in Zimbabwean local govt polls
    28 september 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Poll officials in Zimbabwe said the first day of voting in local government elections Saturday was peaceful, but characterised by a low voter turnout. Full text...

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