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  • Ramaphosa's vows to tackle corruption in maiden State of the Nation Address
    17 february 2018 07:38:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Opposition parties have unanimously welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday night in which he vowed to tackle corruption. Full text...

  • Perform or quit, Kenyatta tells new cabinet
    16 february 2018 17:56:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday warned his new cabinet that there will be no room for laxity in Government. Full text...

  • Former South African president Mbeki congratulates Ramaphosa
    16 february 2018 10:08:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has congratulated newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa and urged him take advantage of the wave of hope that has swept across South Africa following days of uncertainty as Jacob Zuma refused to vacate his seat. Full text...

  • US mourns Zimbabwe 'national hero' Tsvangirai
    16 february 2018 05:52:15
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - The US has expressed condolences on the passing of Zimbabwe veteran politician Morgan Richard Tsvangirai describing him as a national hero and political icon. Full text...

  • Ethiopia Prime Minister resigns after months of popular unrest
    15 february 2018 19:05:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned on Thursday after months of popular protests which necessitated the declaration of a state of emergency at one point but declared he would stay on until a new successor is named. Full text...

  • Serbian diplomat received by Burundian president Nkurunziza
    15 february 2018 16:37:09
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Serbian vice Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, who is also minister of foreign affairs, on Thursday held talks with Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza that centred on ways to consolidate and diversify their bilateral cooperation, Burundi’s public radio reported. Full text...

  • Liberia's President Weah begins Senegal visit
    15 february 2018 15:48:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Liberian president George Weah arrived in Dakar on Thursday for a two-day visit to Senegal during which he and his host, Macky Sall, will sign several cooperation agreements. Full text...

  • LEAD: Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns
    15 february 2018 14:32:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted his resignation from the office of the Prime Minister and the chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People's Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), state broadcaster announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa's President
    15 february 2018 14:28:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as South Africa’s new President following Jacob Zuma’s dramatic resignation on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns
    15 february 2018 14:24:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted his resignation from the office of the Prime Minister and the chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People's Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), state broadcaster announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • LEAD: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa President
    15 february 2018 13:12:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa president
    15 february 2018 12:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa unopposed as President to succeed Jacob Zuma who resigned on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa mourns opposition leader Tsvangirai
    15 february 2018 11:06:51
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has eulogised the country's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who passed away on Wednesday in South Africa, saying he will be remembered for his insistence of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition party salutes Tsvangirai
    15 february 2018 10:45:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday joined Zimbabweans in mourning the passing of the country’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...

  • South Africa salutes Zuma's departure
    15 february 2018 10:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's mainstream media houses, numerous organisations and political parties have on Thursday hailed Jacob Zuma’s resignation on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Kenyan court declares lawyer's deportation to Canada illegal
    15 february 2018 10:01:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The deportation of Kenyan-born Canadian lawyer, Miguna Miguna, was illegal, null and void because it was done in defiance of orders to surrender the lawyer before the court, the High Court in Kenya declared on Thursday. Full text...

  • Post-Zuma gov't must ensure access to justice for victims of rights violations - AI
    15 february 2018 07:21:43
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said on Thursday that the successor of South African President Jacob Zuma must do everything within his or her power to ensure that the state ensures access for victims of human rights violations. Full text...

  • 'Guinea-Bissau's political crisis requires continued UN presence'
    15 february 2018 06:55:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations will need to focus its efforts on supporting Guinea-Bissau’s national leaders in their efforts to appoint an acceptable Prime Minister, establish an inclusive Government, organise and conduct timely elections, and implement the priority reforms, a UN envoy for the West African country said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Humiliated South Africa's President Zuma throws in the towel
    14 february 2018 22:21:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Jacob Zuma on Wednesday night resigned as President of South Africa following a lengthy campaign to remove him from office. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council reiterates concern over political standoff in Guinea Bissau
    14 february 2018 18:03:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underscored the need for the security and armed forces of Guinea Bissau to refrain from interfering in the country’s political and institutional crisis and to continue to uphold the national constitution. Full text...

  • South African President Zuma refuses to step down
    14 february 2018 16:49:54
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has refused to step down, saying the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has not provided him with reasons to leave office. Full text...

  • President Weah expected in Dakar
    14 february 2018 15:24:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Liberia’s president, George Weah, is expected in Dakar on Wednesday afternoon for a working visit. Full text...

  • Defiant South African President Zuma refuses to go
    14 february 2018 15:18:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A defiant President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday indicated that he was not prepared to resign despite being recalled by the governing African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • No Confidence Motion scheduled to force President Zuma out
    14 february 2018 11:29:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In another day of high drama, the governing African National Congress (ANC) has served notice that it would file a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma who continues to defy his party and the country by refusing to resign two days after being recalled. Full text...

  • Kenyan Attorney-General resigns
    13 february 2018 20:08:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Attorney-General Prof. Githu Muigai, who valiantly defended President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court and threatened treason charges against the President's opponents, resigned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Vindicated Mbeki takes aim at Zuma
    13 february 2018 20:04:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Thabo Mbeki, who was humiliated by Jacob Zuma a decade ago, has taken a swipe at his old adversary, saying he is no longer fit to lead the country. Full text...

  • Libya, Chad ministers discuss border security, illegal immigration
    13 february 2018 13:42:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Foreign Affairs minister of the Government of National Accord, Mohamed Tahar Siala, on Monday held talks with his Chadian counterpart, Mahamat Zene Cherif, on security issues related to their common border and the fight against illegal immigration, according to a press statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli. Full text...

  • South Africa's ruling party confirms Zuma's recall
    13 february 2018 13:24:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ace Magashule, Secretary-General of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will be recalled. Full text...

  • Knives are out as South Africa gears for Zuma’s final fall (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    13 february 2018 10:50:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been scathing criticism of the manner in which President Jacob Zuma has attempted to avert his inevitable downfall as well as a growing crescendo of criticism over his turbulent term in office which has all but destroyed Nelson Mandela’s dream of a united South Africa. Full text...

  • President Zuma recalled by ruling party
    13 february 2018 07:38:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – It appears that President Jacob Zuma’s chaotic term in office is coming to an end after the National Executive Committee of the ruling African National Congress resolved to recall him in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • G5 Sahel countries, AU, EU hold summit in Brussels on 23 February
    12 february 2018 19:38:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - An international fund-raising conference on Sahel, jointly organised by the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, will be held on 23 February in Brussels, according to an official press statement released here on Monday. Full text...

  • 3-day inter-Libyan talks open in Geneva
    12 february 2018 15:21:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A conference, bringing together more than 52 Libyan personalities from all parties, has opened in the Swiss capital, Geneva, aimed at promoting peace in Libya by considering the viewpoints of the various stakeholders involved in the crisis in that country. Full text...

  • South Africa's Opposition wants Parliament dissolved over Zuma saga
    12 february 2018 15:09:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The national executive committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is meeting in Pretoria on Monday afternoon to determine the fate of President Jacob Zuma who has refused to step down. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Weah to take concrete steps on past Liberia atrocities
    12 february 2018 15:03:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Liberia’s new government should take prompt steps to pave the way for fair investigation and prosecution of serious past crimes committed during Liberia’s brutal civil wars, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President George Weah, which was released on Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC President set to arrive in Libya
    12 february 2018 11:44:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrives in Libya on Monday for a three-day visit to take stock of the humanitarian situation in the troubled North African country. Full text...

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
    12 february 2018 05:32:27
    London, UK (PANA) – The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on Monday following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. Full text...

  • 'South African President Zuma will be recalled on Monday', Ramaphosa hints
    11 february 2018 14:31:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Sunday gave the clearest indication that South African President Jacob Zuma has not cooperated with his so-called “exit strategy” and would be recalled by his party on Monday. Full text...

  • Zuma on the ropes as ANC marks Mandela's centenary
    11 february 2018 09:50:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday officially launched the centennial celebrations which are being held in honour of former president Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Rights groups hail AU's trust fund for Habre's victims
    08 february 2018 06:20:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union’s adoption of the Trust Fund Statute for victims of Hissène Habré’s crimes is a major step toward justice, four human rights groups have said. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military delegation ends visit to Rwanda
    07 february 2018 15:27:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Ethiopian military delegation of 5 senior officers, headed by Ethiopian Head of Military Courts Directorate, Brig.-Gen. Addisu Gebreyesus Gebreyohanes, on Wednesday ended a four-day visit to Rwanda during which the two parties exchanged ideas on the function of Military Justice, the Rwanda Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa addresses South Africa's political crisis
    07 february 2018 15:21:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Wednesday moved to allay concerns about the extraordinary political vacuum that has been created by President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to leave office. Full text...

  • Kenyan court probes opposition lawyer's deportation to Canada
    07 february 2018 15:02:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The High Court in Kenya, the third highest in rank, on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deportation of opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna against orders for his production in Court. Full text...

  • Tunisia, China sign agreement to build diplomatic Academy
    07 february 2018 09:34:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A technical and economic partnership agreement for the creation of a Diplomatic Academy in Tunis was signed on Tuesday in Tunis between Tunisia and the Republic of China during the ninth session of their Joint Commission for Cooperation in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition decries 'draconian crackdown' after state revokes passports
    06 february 2018 16:39:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition has decried a "draconian crackdown" targeting its leadership since Raila Odinga took the oath of People's President with the state taking an extra step to revoke the passports of key opposition figures. Full text...

  • Burkinabe President Kabore in Niamey for G5 Sahel, CILSS summits
    06 february 2018 14:06:28
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, arrived in Niamey on Tuesday to take part in the Summits of the G5 Sahel and the Interstate committee to fight against drought in Sahel (CILSS), according to a communiqué issued by his communication services. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation says Zuma 'not fit to govern'
    06 february 2018 11:48:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday joined the chorus of calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition crackdown intensifies, protests erupt over lawyer's detention
    06 february 2018 11:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have intensified a crackdown against opposition leaders days after the "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President," PANA reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU wishes to be leading partner of Tunisia, says Mogherini
    06 february 2018 09:56:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Union wishes to become the leading partner of Tunisia during the North African country's economic and democratic transition, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • ANC to decide Zuma's fate as SA President on Wednesday
    05 february 2018 19:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a day of high drama which included running street battles outside the Johannesburg headquarters of the ruling African National Congress, the party on Monday announced that President Jacob Zuma's fate will be decided by a vote at a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President Aziz in Niamey for G5 summit
    05 february 2018 19:12:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Monday left Nouakchott for Niamey, Niger, to attend a G5 Sahel summit, which runs parallel to the 18th Conference of the Heads of State and Government forming the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

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