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  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended till 8 Feb
    01 february 2015 13:27:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 14 Feb. presidential election in Nigeria, the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from 31 Jan. to 8 Feb. 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Great Britain urges citizens to leave Libya immediately
    01 february 2015 12:32:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The British Foreign Office has warned UK citizens against travelling to Libya, citing fighting and general insecurity and instability in the country, days after the bloody terror attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Chief says respects African leaders' decision on Mugabe Chairmanship
    31 january 2015 10:43:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said here Saturday that he respects the decision of African leaders, who Friday appointed Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe chair of the 54-member Pan African organization for a one-year term. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Namibian President Pohamba bids farewell to AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 20:26:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - It is incomprehensible that the Kingdom of Morocco continues to occupy Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, told African Union (AU) leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mugabe assumes chair of AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 19:33:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has challenged the African Union (AU) member countries to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the scourge of terrorism in the coming year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African countries ‘backbone’ of UN, Ban tells AU Summit
    30 january 2015 18:38:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “African countries have been the backbone and leading Member States of the United Nations since the day they achieved independence,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Africa leaders gathered Friday at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Senegal: African leaders hail performance of NEPAD Agency
    30 january 2015 16:37:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have hailed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency for the important role it plays in transforming the continent, the African Union (AU) said in a statement received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Revision of electoral register launched
    30 january 2015 13:31:30
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's Independent Electoral Commission has kick-started the process of revising the electoral register ahead of this year's presidential election through the publication on Friday of a tender to select the technical operator for the exercise. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Portuguese and Sao Tome and Principe parliaments to strengthen cooperation
    30 january 2015 10:17:48
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome et Principe (PANA) - The Portuguese national assembly has promised political and technical support to the national assembly of Sao Tome and Principe in the framework of a cooperation agreement that will be signed between the two parties, PANA learned on Thursday from official sources in Sao Tome. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition says no elections without reform
    30 january 2015 07:39:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition party, the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), says it will not take part in any election in the country unless there are electoral reforms. Full text...

  • Libya: NGC suspends freezing of participation in inter-Libyan talks
    29 january 2015 21:30:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan National General Congress (NGC) has announced the end of the suspension of its participation in the inter-Libyan talks, after organizers decided to transfer the talks from Geneva to Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: IMF chief on three-day visit to Senegal
    29 january 2015 19:47:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde arrived in Dakar on Thursday for a three-day working visit to Senegal. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian President attends African Union Summit in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2015 17:12:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi will attend the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held 30-31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Office of the Presidency announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Officials of Libyan local councils meet in Gevena to back national dialogue
    29 january 2015 16:50:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Representatives of Libyan municipal and local councils who met Wednesday in Geneva have been informed about the dialogue process by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Bernardino Leon, and a number of Libyan stakeholders taking part in the dialogue. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Libyan political dialogue participants in Geneva agree to move talks to Libya
    29 january 2015 16:23:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in Geneva this week have agreed “on the principle” of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available. Full text...

  • Angola: Uruguay opens embassy in Luanda
    29 january 2015 15:39:42
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Uruguay will open its embassy in the Angolan capital, Luanda, in February, in a bid to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to a representative of the South American country in Angola, Alvaro Gonzalez Otero. Full text...

  • Angola: VP Vicente to represent Angola at AU Summit
    29 january 2015 13:31:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola will be represented at the 24th Summit of African Heads of States and Government, scheduled to run from 30 to 31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by its vice-president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, who is expected in the Ethiopian Capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: President Nguesso to attend AU summit
    29 january 2015 13:23:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, due in Addis Ababa shortly, will participate in the 24th summit of African Union (AU) heads of State and government, opening there Friday, the Congolese public radio reported here. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR delegation in Brazzaville to prepare Bangui forum
    29 january 2015 12:11:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A delegation from the Central African Republic (CAR) has begun a visit to Congo to meet CAR refugees in the country, within the framework of the preparations for the Bangui forum, due to hold in February, Congolese public radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Arrests, detention of anti-Nations Cup protesters worry US
    29 january 2015 10:05:22
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern by reports of the arrests and indefinite detention of Equatoguinean citizens protesting the expenditures incurred by the Government of Equatorial Guinea to host the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. Full text...

  • Senegal: IMF head expected Thursday
    29 january 2015 08:13:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde is expected in Dakar Thursday for a three-day official visit to Senegal, the second stage of her African tour after Rwanda, the Senegalese presidency said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chad president arrives in Khartoum
    28 january 2015 17:19:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno arrived here Wednesday for a two-day state visit to Sudan during which he is scheduled to hold talks with the host government on bilateral relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: 15 candidates for Sudanese presidential election
    28 january 2015 14:25:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Election Commission (NEC) has officially cleared 15 candidates to contest next April's presidential and general elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kagame says East African Standby Force ready to deploy
    28 january 2015 10:30:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and current Chair of the East African Standby Force, has informed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, that the East African Standby Force is ready for deployment. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition makes proposals for dialogue
    27 january 2015 21:13:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a coalition of several Mauritanian opposition parties, trade unions, civil society organizations and independent personalities, have accepted an appeal for dialogue by president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy optimistic about confidence of Libyans to reach agreement
    27 january 2015 17:34:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chief of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, has expressed his confidence in the will of the Libyan people to reach agreement, ease tensions in the country and get out of the crisis that has been rocking the North African nation. Full text...

  • Congo: President Boni Yayi arrives in Brazzaville for working visit
    27 january 2015 16:37:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi arrived in Brazzaville on Tuesday for a short working visit, which is focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation, according to official sources in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New Mauritian govt. unveils five-year programme
    27 january 2015 13:33:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The newly-elected Mauritian President, Rajkeswur Purryag, Tuesday presented a five-year (2015-2019) programme of his new administration, set up a month ago following the last general elections held mid-December 2014, PANA reported from the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU election monitors shun North-east region over insecurity
    27 january 2015 13:25:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - European Union (EU) election monitors, who are already in Nigeria for next month's general elections in Africa's largest democracy, will not observe voting in the North-eastern part of the country, according to EU Chief Observer Santiago Ayxela. Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia share security view to counter oil trafficking in Libya
    26 january 2015 21:55:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's three neighbouring countries have started coordinating security operations to prevent oil trafficking, from Libya through land and sea routes, which is the main source of financing for armed groups, according to Algerian security sources quoted Monday by Libyan media. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ibn Chambas welcomes adoption of date for next Burkina elections
    26 january 2015 21:11:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General and chief of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has welcomed the announcement of 11 October, 2015 as the date for the presidential and parliamentary elections in Burkina Faso, according to a UN communiqué issued on Monday to PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Ban congratulates people, Government of Zambia for electing a new leader
    26 january 2015 20:54:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the Government and people of Zambia for the peaceful conduct of their recent presidential election, according to a UN statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: US senator wants US-Mauritanian ties strengthened
    26 january 2015 20:34:10
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Kevin Parker, Senator of Brooklyn, State of New York, who is visiting Nouakchott, on Monday called for the consolidation of ties between the United States and Mauritania at all levels. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission, Cameroon launch French edition of AU Handbook
    26 january 2015 19:17:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed appreciation to the Cameroonian government for making available the AU Handbook in French, saying efforts would continue to ensure that the Handbook is translated into the other working languages of the continental organization. Full text...

  • Libya: Inter-Libya talks resume in Geneva
    26 january 2015 14:54:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The second round of the inter-Libyan peace talks began on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, with all the stakeholders in the first round of the dialogue, in attendance, diplomatic sources indicated here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission prepares 10-year plan on continental Agenda 2063
    26 january 2015 13:56:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - After completing its work on Agenda 2063 flagship integration projects, the African Union Commission (AUC) is preparing the first 10-year plan for a concerted shift towards focusing on implementation of this continental vision, the Commission's Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Ghana: Accra city authorities tear down billboards of Nigerian political parties
    26 january 2015 13:21:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The city authorities in Ghana's capital, Accra, have pulled down the advertising billboards of Nigeria's two main political parties which were erected on major roads and intersections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'I am committed to free, fair, credible polls', Jonathan tells US
    25 january 2015 20:04:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday restated his commitment to ensure a free, fair and credible polls in the country next month, amid fears over whether or not the elections will be held as scheduled. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US threatens sanctions against politicians engaged in election violence
    25 january 2015 18:27:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US on Sunday canvassed for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria next month, threatening sanctions against politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during the polls. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: US threatens sanctions against politicians involved in violence during Nigeria polls
    25 january 2015 17:44:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US has threatened to sanction politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during Nigeria's general elections next month. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Morocco's support for peace in Africa
    25 january 2015 10:43:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has lauded King Mohammed VI of Morocco for his country's valuable support of the activities of the UN, particularly in peacekeeping and in a number of critical issues in Africa and the Middle East. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kerry to meet top presidential contenders
    25 january 2015 10:37:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay a whistle stop visit to Nigeria on Sunday, 25 January, during which he will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his top challenger in next month's presidential polls, retired army General Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief eulogises Kind Abdullah
    25 january 2015 10:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended condolences to the bereaved family of Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Zambia: President-elect Lungu inaugurated in Lusaka
    25 january 2015 10:24:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Edgar Lungu on Sunday took the oath of office as President of Zambia in Lusaka becoming Zambia’s sixth head of state following his victory in Tuesday’s by-election. Full text...

  • Zambia: Defence Minister Edgar Lungu wins presidential election
    24 january 2015 20:47:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Defence Minister Edgar Lungu has been elected as Zambia’s President, according to results announced on Saturday night in the capital city of Lusaka by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete shuffles Tanzanian cabinet
    24 january 2015 17:43:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Saturday shuffled his cabinet by switching portfolios of seven ministers, promoting one deputy minister, appointing two new deputy ministers and reassigning three deputy ministers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails accord between South Sudanese factions
    23 january 2015 20:37:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the signing of a peace deal between opposition factions in South Sudan, calling for the accord’s immediate implementation, as well as the commitment of the country’s leaders to follow through with ongoing negotiations towards a final agreement to end the year-long conflict. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Security to top priorities in Sahel this year - Buyoya
    23 january 2015 20:05:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The head of the African Union Mission for Mali and Sahel (MISAHEL), Pierre Buyoya, has said that the top priority in the Sahel region this year will be security. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius donates US$ 200,000 to support polls in Comoros
    23 january 2015 18:41:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will contribute US$ 200,000 to support the holding of elections in the Union of Comoros, scheduled for 25 January and 22 February 2015, according to a communiqué issued here. Full text...

  • Libya: UN peparing for next round of inter-Libyan talks
    23 january 2015 16:40:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon is making all efforts for the second round of the inter-Libyan talks to be held as soon as possible, according to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson of the UN Secretary General. Full text...

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