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  • Belgium: EU, Egypt adopt partnership priorities
    25 july 2017 17:04:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union-Egypt Association Council on Tuesday endorsed the EU-Egypt partnership priorities for 2017-2020, aiming to address common challenges, to promote joint interests and to guarantee long-term stability on both sides of the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • Sudan: Top Sudanese official says Bashir may run for third presidential term
    25 july 2017 16:22:42
    Khartoum, Sudan(PANA) - The Sudanese interim constitution may be amended to allow incumbent President Omar Bashir to run for another presidential term in 2020, according to a local daily. Full text...

  • South Africa: Publisher withdraws tell-all Mandela book
    25 july 2017 09:35:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading publisher Penguin Random House has withdrawn a tell-all book about former President Nelson Mandela following a public outcry. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges Liberia to plan for safe, credible polls
    25 july 2017 05:50:19
    New York, US (PANA) – With Liberian officials responsible for security in the country, the United Nations Security Council on Monday encouraged the Government to put in place an election security plan for the October polls. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council expresses concern over threats of terrorism in West Africa
    25 july 2017 05:44:23
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday welcomed recent "positive political developments" in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition presidential candidate issues assurance over poll violence
    25 july 2017 05:31:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga appealed to his supporters on Monday not to flee their areas of current residence ahead of the 8 August elections, saying the vote presented a historic moment to bring change. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says government's priority is to fix energy, broken economy, national unity
    24 july 2017 18:07:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's immediate priorities are on fixing the continuous energy problem as well as the broken economy, unifying the nation, improving health and agricultural sub-sectors, and ending the country’s isolation, President Adama Barrow said Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's former doctor faces major backlash over tell-all book
    24 july 2017 10:59:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson‚ Nkosi Mandla Mandela‚ has joined the chorus of condemnation over a new book by South Africa’s former Surgeon-General Dr Vijay Ramlakan who has published a book providing sensitive and confidential medical information. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia returns to the Commonwealth
    24 july 2017 09:57:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has returned to the Commonwealth of Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad has announced. Full text...

  • France: Paris seeks breakthrough in Libyan political crisis
    23 july 2017 11:02:03
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emanuel Macron has said that his government is prepared to assume a direct role in mediating for a settlement of the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC deploys Election Observation Mission to 2017 legislative polls in Senegal
    23 july 2017 07:00:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Senegalese Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Senegal’s legislative elections, scheduled for 30 July 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta encounters violence on campaign trail in northeastern region
    22 july 2017 19:41:06
    Mandera, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's campaigns in Mandera, northeastern Kenya, turned violent on Saturday, when supporters of rival candidates clashed at a rally attended by the President. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'We're being denied our constitutional rights', Gambia's former ruling party protests
    22 july 2017 12:15:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) is protesting what it describes as the denial of its constitutional rights to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 coup that brought former president Yahya Jammeh to power. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU renews mandate of its mission Somalia
    21 july 2017 20:02:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday decided to renew the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for 12 months, until 31 July 2018, after noting with “serious concern that that Al-Shabaab terrorist group continues to represent a threat to peace, security and stability in Somalia, to the region and, to the wider international community.” Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges South Sudan leaders to seize fresh opportunity for peace
    21 july 2017 19:33:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the United Nations Security Council have urged South Sudanese leaders to seize the opportunity to revitalise the peace process offered by a new plan to bring “estranged” groups together, restore the ceasefire, and fully implement the 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council mulls taking over administration in Libya
    21 july 2017 05:54:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A top Libyan politician, Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Hangari, has said that the United States and Russia, in cooperation with other members of the UN Security Council, are discussing a new resolution by the UN Security Council to take over the administration of Libya. Full text...

  • Liberia: President Johnson-Sirleaf reassures ECONEC, ECOWAS on Liberia’s October vote
    20 july 2017 17:43:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reassured visiting delegations of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the ECOWAS Commission of her government’s unwavering commitment to delivering credible and peaceful elections in the country in October to end her two-term tenure. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia's parliament, judiciary, UN affirm support for October elections
    19 july 2017 08:24:41
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The leadership of Liberia’s parliament, judiciary and the United Nations Mission, UNMIL, have restated their support to ensure credible, fair, participatory and peaceful October elections in the country. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECONEC delegation engages Liberia's stakeholders ahead of October vote
    18 july 2017 09:33:33
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - After a successful pre-election Needs Assessment and Solidarity Mission to Sierra Leone, the delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has started consultations with stakeholders in neighbouring Liberia ahead of the country’s crucial October 2017 legislative and presidential elections. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU welcomes new UN Special Representative in Libya
    17 july 2017 18:20:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Welcoming the appointment of Ghassan Salamé as new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, the European Union on Monday reaffirmed its full commitment to an inclusive inter-Libyan political process Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition charge German software giant over fresh Zuma scandal
    17 july 2017 15:03:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called for German software giant SAP to be held legally liable for its alleged dealings with the Gupta family which has close ties to President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • South Africa: Another blow for Zuma as South African Communist Party snubs ANC
    15 july 2017 15:42:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday effectively split from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) by announcing that it would contest the 2019 national elections on its own. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECONEC lauded for supporting consolidation of democracy in Sierra Leone
    15 july 2017 09:36:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board’s delegation has concluded its Needs Assessment and Solidarity mission to Sierra Leone with a pat on the back from the country’s authorities, non-state actors and donor agencies, for boosting confidence in and supporting efforts to make the March 2018 elections in the country credible and peaceful. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll preparations advance despite contest over ballot paper printing
    14 july 2017 17:26:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Preparations for Kenya's general election are at an advanced stage despite an ongoing tussle over the printing of the presidential ballot papers. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh party denied permit to celebrate 1994 coup
    14 july 2017 09:57:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of The Gambia has refused to issue a permit to the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) of ex-President Yahya Jammeh to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the 22 July 1994 coup that brought the ousted dictator to power. Full text...

  • Gambia: Five-member commission to probe ex-president Jammeh named
    14 july 2017 08:48:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A five-member commission of enquiry to probe ex-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s assets and abuse of office was officially named on Thursday at State House. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECONEC, UNDP reaffirm support for Sierra Leone elections
    14 july 2017 08:30:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to lend their full support to the conduct of credible and peaceful March 2018 elections in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta vows peaceful transition ahead of major poll
    14 july 2017 05:53:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday he would respect the decision of voters and leave power if he lost the Presidential polls on 8 August. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir goes to Kuwait, to resolve Gulf crisis
    13 july 2017 14:55:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir, will on Sunday fly to Kuwait at the start of a tour that will also take him to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in support of efforts by the Emir of Kuwait to resolve the Gulf crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former MP accuses Zuma of sexual harassment
    13 july 2017 14:46:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vytjie Mentor, a former MP with the ruling African National Congress, has claimed that the South African President, Jacob Zuma, sexually harassed her. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECONEC tasks Sierra Leone media, Civil Society on credible polls
    13 july 2017 14:42:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has tasked the Sierra Leonean media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to play a positive role towards the consolidation of democracy and good governance in their post-conflict nation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al-Bashir freezes negotiations with Washington
    12 july 2017 18:09:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir on Wednesday issued a decree “freezing” the work of the negotiation committee with the United States. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan journalists injured in aircraft crash on campaign trail
    12 july 2017 17:43:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A light aircraft carrying reporters of private television station, Citizen TV, crashed on Wednesday, injuring three journalists shortly after taking off Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to cover a presidential election campaign rally in Baringo, the television station reported. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan-US relations to improve despite renewal of sanctions - US diplomat
    12 july 2017 11:01:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - As the US Administration on Tuesday renewed for yet another three months the economic sanctions against Sudan, the Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, has stated that the relations between the two countries will witness an important improvement whether or not the sanctions are lifted. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone authorities commit to March 2018 elections
    12 july 2017 09:07:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone authorities have reaffirmed to the visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board their readiness to hold the March 2018 general elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo returns home after Buhari visit
    12 july 2017 08:21:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday morning returned to Abuja from a snap visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, official sources said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECOWAS electoral management team meets Sierra Leone stakeholders
    11 july 2017 09:50:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board led by its President Prof Mahmood Yakubu has appealed to Sierra Leone’s political stakeholders to see elections as a sovereign responsibility and democracy as a collective sacrifice for the wellbeing of the people and national development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rift Valley violence threatens voting, says human rights group
    11 july 2017 07:05:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Ongoing violence in the Rift Valley is causing insecurity and forced displacement that could potentially keep thousands of people from voting in Kenya's August 2017 national elections, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN political forum opens with focus on eradicating poverty, forming partnerships
    10 july 2017 20:02:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior government representatives are at the United Nations on Monday for the start of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two years after they were adopted. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM expects total lifting of US sanctions on Sudan
    10 july 2017 18:02:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday expressed regret over reports that some members of the U.S. Congress have signed a memo demanding extension of the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Interior minister denies invasion threat
    10 july 2017 14:15:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmed Fatty, has dismissed reports that former President Yahya Jammeh loyalist force is allegedly planning to attack The Gambia. Full text...

  • Sudan: US calls on South Sudan leader to return to dialogue
    09 july 2017 14:58:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The U.S. Department of State has called on South Sudanese leaders to end what it described as “self-destructive violence” and return to political dialogue, and to help South Sudan realise its full potential. Full text...

  • Sudan: Speaker warns against anti-US campaign on sanctions
    09 july 2017 14:06:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — With less than 72 hours to the deadline of lifting or retaining sanctions against Sudan, the Speaker of Parliament of the African country has warned against adopting a hostile campaign against Washington should president Donald Trump reject revoking the sanctions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission to strengthen regional electoral bodies on democracy
    08 july 2017 06:13:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission will continue to support and partner with electoral management bodies to deliver democracy and good governance through the conduct of credible, fair and peaceful elections in the region, the Vice President of the Commission, Mr. Edward Singhatey pledged in Abuja on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria pledges support to ECOWAS electoral management bodies
    08 july 2017 06:07:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has pledged the country’s continued support to the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in its efforts to deliver credible elections and advance democracy and good governance in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda : NEC clears 3 candidates for Rwandan presidential election
    07 july 2017 22:24:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Rwanda late Friday released a final list of three candidates to contest the presidential elections, slated for 4 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Senate president charges ECOWAS electoral bodies on credible polls
    07 july 2017 10:11:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, in Abuja, charged heads of election management bodies in the ECOWAS region to always deliver credible elections that will deepen democracy and good governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Rwanda gov't to prevent harassment of opposition candidates
    07 july 2017 08:55:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is urging the government of Rwanda to prevent harassment of opposition candidates and their supporters ahead of the country's August poll. Full text...

  • South Africa: ICC rules that SA should have arrested al-Bashir
    06 july 2017 13:46:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ruled that South Africa had failed in not arresting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, when he visited South Africa to attend an African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg despite the ICC issuing a warrant for his arrest. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends G20 Summit in Hamburg
    06 july 2017 12:46:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday for the two-day Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit under the theme “Shaping an Interconnected World”. Full text...

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