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  • Three shot dead in Kenyan opposition march in Nairobi
    17 november 2017 20:46:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Three people were shot dead and scores of others wounded when police used live ammunition against supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who braved tear gas, water cannon trucks and road barricades to welcome him back from a tour of the United States on Friday, witnesses and opposition party officials said. Full text...

  • (ROUNDUP) Zimbabwe ruling party calls for Mugabe to step down
    17 november 2017 20:09:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Eight out of 10 Provincial Coordinating Committees (PCC) of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party have called on President Robert Mugabe to step down as president of the country and President and First Secretary of the party. Full text...

  • President Mugabe makes first public appearance since Zimbabwean crisis started
    17 november 2017 11:31:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who is facing a military coup in his country, on Friday made his first public appearance since armoured vehicles rolled into Harare last Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • SADC holds extraordinary summit to consider Zimbabwe’s political crisis
    17 november 2017 06:44:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An urgent extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is due to be held on Friday in Gaborone, Botswana, to consider the situation in Zimbabwe following the military takeover of the country’s administration on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'UN plan for post-conflict transition in Libya makes headway'
    17 november 2017 05:02:42
    New York, US (PANA) – The political process for a successful post-conflict transition in Libya has made significant headway over the past two months, the United Nations envoy for the North African country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Supreme Court retreats to write ruling on election annulment
    16 november 2017 18:03:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, David Maraga on Thursday announced the finalization of marathon sittings on a challenge to the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and promised a ruling would be made on 20 Nov on the validity of the elections. Full text...

  • Estonian President Kaljulaid on official visit in Rwanda
    16 november 2017 17:52:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday started a two-day official visit to Rwanda on the second leg of a two-nation Africa tour that she started in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition calls for fresh Zimbabwe elections
    16 november 2017 11:58:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said the instability in Zimbabwe is cause for concern for all African countries which stand for democracy on the continent. Full text...

  • President Zuma convenes urgent SADC meeting on Zimbabwe
    16 november 2017 09:44:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also chairperson of gthe Southern African Development Community (SADC), has convened a crisis meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Zimbabwe military to ensure safety of all in political crisis
    16 november 2017 07:09:27
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has asked the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) to ensure the safety and security of all people in the country as the military consolidates its hold on power after putting President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Full text...

  • UN rights chief urges DRC authorities to allow peaceful expression of dissent at protests
    15 november 2017 22:39:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lawfully handle demonstrations organised by those protesting the updated electoral calendar for general elections. Full text...

  • AU monitoring developments in Zimbabwe
    15 november 2017 19:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union on Wednesday called for a democratic transition in Zimbabwe in accordance with its Charter on democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • U.S. Embassy 'confident in integrity' of Liberia's 10 October polls
    15 november 2017 18:49:31
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United States Embassy in Liberia said on Wednesday it has "confidence in the integrity" of the presidential and representative elections held in the West African country on 10 October. Full text...

  • Liberian Senate to intervene in 10 October poll row
    15 november 2017 18:14:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberia's Senate, the upper house of parliament, has set up a seven-member Special Committee to consult political and national leaders as well as international partners to resolve disputes arising from the 10 October Presidential and Representative elections. Full text...

  • Zambia urges quick amicable settlement in Zimbabwe
    15 november 2017 17:44:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu says he has encouraged all parties in neighboring Zimbabwe to work towards a quick and peaceful resolution to the current situation after the military takeover of the administration. Full text...

  • Buhari calls for calm and respect of constitution in Zimbabwe
    15 november 2017 16:28:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • AU-EU to hold high-level conference in Belgium
    15 november 2017 12:01:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - African countries and the European Union will hold a high-level conference in Brussels on 22 November to discuss new measures to tackle Africa's challenges and different ways to intensify the partnership between the two continents. Full text...

  • Mugabe 'confined to his home but fine' - says President Zuma
    15 november 2017 11:44:13
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is facing a coup attempt in his country, is confined to his home but is well, the South African presidency announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African President Zuma 'concerned' about political crisis in Zimbabwe
    15 november 2017 09:43:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has expressed concern at the unfolding political crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Kenyan Supreme Court to begin full hearing of presidential election petition
    15 november 2017 07:21:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Supreme Court in Kenya is set on Wednesday to begin the full hearing a petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election during last month's repeat Presidential election before delivering a ruling within days. Full text...

  • UN Security Council maintains partial lifting of arms embargo on Somalia for one year
    15 november 2017 07:00:54
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Tuesday renewed until 15 November 2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia, authorization for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption. Full text...

  • EU encourages 'good faith' to end electoral complaints in Liberia's process
    14 november 2017 18:11:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Delegation in Liberia has said it is encouraging all stakeholders to “work constructively and in good faith” to conclude the current complaints process without unnecessary delay. Full text...

  • Kenyan Supreme Court hears arguments in new bid to nullify presidential petition
    14 november 2017 17:54:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya's Supreme Court on Tuesday kicked off a marathon hearing of applications seeking to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 26 Oct repeat election. Full text...

  • Members of Niger's national electoral commission sworn in
    14 november 2017 12:56:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Members of the Nigerien Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were sworn in on Tuesday before the constitutional court. Full text...

  • EU lashes out at Uganda following President Al-Bashir’s visit
    14 november 2017 12:44:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union and its Member States on Tuesday said they regretted the visit of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Uganda, which is a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Regulator wants police charged in Kenya presidential election protest killings
    13 november 2017 19:13:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) on Monday said it had concluded investigations into the alleged killing of two minors and 11 others by police following the disputed 8 August general elections. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC denies plot to remove Mantashe
    13 november 2017 16:57:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Monday dismissed allegations that there were moves underway to remove secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Full text...

  • Ugandans learn from Mauritian experience in rule of law
    13 november 2017 13:48:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A 15-member delegation from Uganda is presently on a four-day learning tour of Mauritius on the Mauritian experience in law, constitutional democracy and institutional reforms. Full text...

  • Former UNIDO boss elected presidential candidate
    13 november 2017 11:39:30
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Former Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, has been elected as the presidential candidate for the newly formed National Grand Coalition (NGC). Full text...

  • NEC hearing office grills Liberia's ruling party chairman
    11 november 2017 17:28:39
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Hearing Office of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia on Saturday resumed hearing into the case of the Liberty Party (LP) allegation of fraud and irregularities with the ruling Unity Party (UP) chairman testifying. Full text...

  • AU, ECOWAS, UN concerned about poll delay prospect in Liberia
    10 november 2017 17:17:43
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Three regional and global organizations have expressed concern over the prospects of “a significant delay” in bringing electoral litigations to their closure before Liberia's constitutionally-mandated transition in January 2018. Full text...

  • Kenyan FM appeals for good neighbourliness amid Tanzania trade spat
    08 november 2017 19:20:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed has appealed to the Tanzanian government to consider keeping good relations following the auction of cows and the burning of chicks imported from Kenya into Tanzania. Full text...

  • Liberia's electoral body claims subpoena by plaintiffs 'unrealistic'
    08 november 2017 17:55:27
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Lawyers of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in the hearing of complaints of irregularities and fraud filed by the Liberty Party (LP) and Unity Party (UP) have said parts of the plaintiffs' subpoenas were "unrealistic and intended to delay" the hearing process. Full text...

  • Former South African Intelligence Minister ridicules Zuma
    08 november 2017 12:14:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just a week after investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw released an explosive book detailing the widespread corruption in President Jacob Zuma’s administration, liberation hero Ronnie Kasrils has published a damning book about Zuma’s deeply flawed character. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan PM to head AU observer mission to Equatorial Guinea
    08 november 2017 09:59:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwandan Prime Minister, Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, will lead a 30-member team of observers to monitor Equatorial Guinea's general elections on 12 November, an authoritative source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • President Sirleaf commends Liberians for their patience in 'this time of uncertainty'
    07 november 2017 20:39:17
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday commended Liberians for their patience, and peaceful demeanor as they go through this time of uncertainty in the country's electoral process, awaiting the historical presidential transition. Full text...

  • Liberia congratulates Kenya's President Kenyatta on re-election
    07 november 2017 19:10:03
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election as President of Kenya. Full text...

  • Three Liberian political parties say electoral body has 'lost its credibility'
    07 november 2017 17:04:47
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Three of Liberia’s leading political parties on Tuesday said that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has “lost its credibility” as an impartial umpire in the presidential run-off now halted by a Supreme Court ruling. Full text...

  • Kenyan Governor dies in road crash
    07 november 2017 09:09:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Governor of Nyeri County, Dr Wahome Gakuru, died in a tragic road accident at dawn on Tuesday, while heading to Nairobi for a television talk show, deputy President William Ruto has announced. Full text...

  • President Bashir received Chairperson of AU Commission
    06 november 2017 20:32:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Monday received the visiting Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Musa Faki, and told him that Sudan fully supports AU reforms and implementation of the 2063 agenda. Full text...

  • Kenyan activists file new petition against presidential re-run
    06 november 2017 20:24:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A fresh election petition has been filed challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the grounds the poll officials who conducted the vote were illegally appointed. Full text...

  • African Union troops launch new military offensive in Somalia
    06 november 2017 20:17:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) has launched a massive operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area, a field commander said on Monday. Full text...

  • Violence breaks out in Freetown between 2 political parties
    06 november 2017 19:49:57
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Violence broke out on Monday in the central Freetown between supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) over a radio talk show. Full text...

  • Kenya politician challenges validity of Kenyatta's controversial presidential re-run
    06 november 2017 19:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Supreme Court in Kenya has been called again to invalidate the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the grounds that the 26 October presidential rerun was held in violation of the constitution. Full text...

  • Mugabe fires 'deceitful' Vice President Mnangagua
    06 november 2017 16:12:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagua with immediate effect saying he has been "disloyal", "deceitful" and "unreliable", among other things. Full text...

  • Botswana remains steadfast on global issues - President Khama
    06 november 2017 15:34:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - President Ian Khama says Botswana will continue to play a critical and influential role in the promotion of global issues. Full text...

  • Official opposition charges South Africa's President Zuma yet again
    06 november 2017 14:51:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday announced that it is taking President Jacob Zuma to court after he failed to answer a question posed to him in Parliament last week. Full text...

  • LEAD: Liberia Supreme Court stalls presidential election run-off
    06 november 2017 12:48:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday granted the Writ of Prohibition filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) on the results of the first round of presidential election held 10 October that stalls the run-off scheduled for 7 November. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Liberia Supreme Court stalls presidential election run-off
    06 november 2017 12:22:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday granted the Writ of Prohibition filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) on the results of the first round of presidential election held 10 October that stalls the run-off scheduled for 7 November. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation targets apartheid-era flag
    06 november 2017 10:25:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Monday called for a public debate to determine whether the old South African flag, which is viewed as a symbol of apartheid, should be banned. Full text...

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