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  • Libya chairs ministerial meeting of 5 5 dialogue group
    19 january 2019 12:42:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya will chair the ministerial meeting of the 5 5 dialogue group for the next two years, in partnership with the Republic of Malta, according to a communiqué issued on Saturday by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south
    19 january 2019 06:47:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country has told the Security Council. Full text...

  • Malian PM sets up committee of experts to review constitutional reform in Mali
    18 january 2019 22:07:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga has set up a 12-member committee of experts, including a woman, to reflect and make proposals on constitutional reform, PANA has learned from official sources. Full text...

  • EU supports AU drive to suspend Presidential vote results in DRC
    18 january 2019 19:50:42
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has joined the African Union (AU) in calling on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to suspend the declaration of the final election results after the 30 Dec. Presidential and parliamentary elections in the central African nation. Full text...

  • South Sudanese president completes 3-day visit to Egypt
    18 january 2019 19:42:11
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, left Cairo on Friday after completing a three-day visit to Egypt, where he held talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi. Full text...

  • Differences from Libya's Presidential Council members exacerbating the political crisis (Analysis by TALL Mamadou)
    18 january 2019 19:06:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The open differences involving members of the internationally-recognized Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity in Libya has led to a further turmoil on the Libyan political scene, to the extent that armed groups under its supervision have openly threatened to disobey orders from council if it does not join forces and take decisions in the presence of its nine members. Full text...

  • Algerian presidential election set for 18 April 2019
    18 january 2019 15:50:39
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has signed a decree on Friday for the Algerian presidential election to be held on 18 April 2019. Full text...

  • Morocco foils 89,000 attempts of illegal migration
    18 january 2019 14:17:26
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Authorities in Morocco foiled 89,000 attempts of illegal migration in 2018, which was an increase of 37 percent in comparison with the previous year, the government has said, noting that the country has become a leading transit point of African migrants seeking to reach Europe. Full text...

  • Gbagbo, Blé Goudé to remain in custody until appeal hearing on 1 February
    18 january 2019 13:59:17
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and one of his key allies, Mr Charles Blé Goudé, shall remain in the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) pending the Appeals Chamber's decision on the prosecution's appeal against the decision of the court to release them following their acquittal. Full text...

  • Zambian President to attend Madagascar presidential inauguration
    18 january 2019 13:31:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu will on Saturday travel to Madagascar to attend the inauguration of the Indian Ocean island-nation's President-elect Andry Rajoelina in the capital, Antananarivo. Full text...

  • DR Congo needs dialogue – Zambian President
    18 january 2019 13:26:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for enhanced stakeholders dialogue in resolving the political unrest that has rocked the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the disputed presidential election. Full text...

  • AU mini-Summit on DRC calls for suspension of 'flawed election result'
    18 january 2019 09:33:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the declaration of Felix Tshisekedi as the winner of the 30 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Mauritius, Seychelles discuss continental shelf management, maritime security
    18 january 2019 08:03:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Vice-President of Seychelles Mr Vincent Meriton on Thursday night discussed continental shelf management and maritime security with Mauritian Prime Minister Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth in Port Louis. Full text...

  • UN rights chief alarmed over alleged use of live fire against Sudanese protesters
    17 january 2019 21:53:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said in Geneva on Thursday. Full text...

  • Opposition Alliance nominates single candidate for 2019 presidential election in Mauritania
    17 january 2019 17:59:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several leaders of a Democratic Opposition Electoral Alliance (AEOD) in Mauritania, rose from their meeting in Nouakchott, announcing "a common strategy, programme and candidate" for the 2019 presidential election. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition plans huge demonstration Jan. 26
    17 january 2019 17:30:47
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Coalition of Togolese opposition political parties has scheduled a meeting on January 19 and 20, prior to a planned national demonstration on January 26, PANA learnt from political sources on Thursday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Burundi to participate in EAC 20th Summit of after initial withdrawal
    17 january 2019 17:03:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - After several postponements of the 20th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC), last year for a lack of sufficient quorum, the summit has been rescheduled to take place on February 1 in Arusha, Tanzania, this time with the participation of Burundi. Full text...

  • Libya appeals to international community for help to train its police
    17 january 2019 15:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has called on ambassadors of the international community to help train Libyan police in fighting against crime and terrorism, while the country still faces the terrorist threat because of the existence of Daesh cells. Full text...

  • Libya condemns Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 15:36:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala has denounced the terrorist attack on the Dusit D2 Hotel complex in Nairobi and offered his condolences to his Kenyan counterpart, Monica Juma, PANA learnt on Thursday from an official source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Italian PM urges Libyan parties to fulfill their responsibilities to Libyan people
    17 january 2019 15:22:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has urged Libyan parties to be aware of their responsibilities to the Libyan people, who are only asking for stability and well-being. Full text...

  • Gambians call for presidency with limited constitutional power
    17 january 2019 13:19:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - In the ongoing constitutional review process, more and more Gambians are calling for limited powers to be vested in the hands of the President of the Republic. Full text...

  • Guinean president to attend investiture of Malagasy president-elect
    16 january 2019 21:29:58
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The head of state of Guinea, Alpha Condé, will travel to Madagascar on Saturday to attend the investiture of president-elect Andry Rajaoelina, an official source announced in Conakry on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Laurent Gbagbo is released after his acquittal
    16 january 2019 20:03:58
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ruled, by a majority, that former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, and his co-accused, Charles Blé Goudé, will be released following their acquittal on Tuesday of all crimes against humanity charges. Full text...

  • Cape Verde calls for military cooperation with ECOWAS in fighting common threats
    16 january 2019 19:37:45
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde's President, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, has called for military cooperation between his country with neighbouring States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), so that together they can fight common threats, including terrorism. Full text...

  • Controversy in Guinea following extension of MPs' mandates
    16 january 2019 17:27:31
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A presidential decree of 11 January, allowing the Guinean MPs, at the end of their mandate, to continue to sit in the National Assembly until the next parliamentary elections is stirring controversy in the west African country. Full text...

  • Burkinabe political party welcomes ICC acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and his minister
    16 january 2019 13:26:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Union for Renaissance/Sankarist Party (UNIR/PS) of Burkina Faso on Wednesday welcomed the acquittal of former Cote d'Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo and his minister, Charles Blé Goudé, by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Zambian President off to Addis Ababa for emergency talks on DRC disputed elections
    16 january 2019 12:16:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has left for Ethiopia where he is expected to attend an emergency Southern African Development Community (SADC) double troika summit meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presidential election. Full text...

  • Pretoria addresses turmoil in Kenya and Zimbabwe
    16 january 2019 12:12:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the terror attack on a Nairobi hotel “in the strongest possible terms” and said, "South Africa extends its condolences to the bereaved and wishes those injured a speedy recovery." Full text...

  • Malian president in Guinea to attend the Waqf conference
    16 january 2019 11:24:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta arrived in Conakry on Tuesday to attend the Waqf conference which opens on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU to deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary poll
    16 january 2019 10:04:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary election to be held from 16 February to 2 March, a communiqué from the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security (CFSP), Mrs Federica Mogherini, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President of Italian Council calls on Nigerien head of state
    16 january 2019 09:57:13
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The president of the Italian council, Giuseppe Conte, on his first official visit to Niamey, met on Tuesday evening, with the Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufou. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President slams moves urging him to seek re-election for 3rd term
    15 january 2019 20:10:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Head of State, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has ordered a halt to moves to review the country's constitution and allow him stand for election in 2019, according to a statement by the Presidency's services, made public on Tuesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Laurent Gbagbo's acquittal rejigs Ivorian political scene (Analysis by TALL Mamadou)
    15 january 2019 19:33:49
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The acquittal and release of former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, on Tuesday by Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will mark the return, through the widest door, to the political scene of a prominent figure whose fate has suffered a severe blow after the controversial presidential election of November 2010. Full text...

  • ICC acquits Gbagbo and Blé Goudé from all charges
    15 january 2019 12:41:29
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday acquitted former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé, an Ivorian politician, from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister to visit Niger and Chad
    15 january 2019 12:07:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte begins a two-nation African tour on Tuesday that will take him to Niger and Chad, his first visit to these countries, according to a diplomatic source in Rome. Full text...

  • Gabonese prime minister reshuffles government
    15 january 2019 11:54:31
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Gabonese Prime Minister, Julien Nkoghe Bekale, on Monday reshuffled the government, just days after a botched coup attempt to oust President Ali Bongo. Full text...

  • Tunisian foreign minister to visit Spain
    15 january 2019 10:27:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian foreign minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, begins a working visit to Spain on Tuesday at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Josep Borrell, a communique from the Tunisian foreign ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Tunisian President warns against Thursday's general strike
    14 january 2019 20:43:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi on Monday warned of the dangers that could result from the general strike that the country's trade union, UGTT (Union générale des travailleurs tunisiens) intends to observe on Thursday. Full text...

  • DRC President-elect non-committal amid calls for unity government
    14 january 2019 18:09:05
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President-elect, Felix Tshisekedi, has remained non-committal amid calls for the opening of negotiations with his main rival, Martin Fayulu, on the possibility of forming a national unity government to stabilize the mineral-rich country. Full text...

  • Libya demands Lebanon's position on 'participation' in Arab summit
    14 january 2019 16:20:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Government of National Accord on Sunday called on the Lebanese government "to urgently clarify" its position on Libya's participation in the Arab summit on economic and social development scheduled for January 19-20 in Lebanon, including the attitude of hostility it suffered. Full text...

  • Tunisians mark eighth anniversary of 2011 Revolution
    14 january 2019 16:05:44
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisians on Monday marked the eighth anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising and the flight of former President Zine Abedine Ben Ali, in a climate marked by social tension and a strong sense of despair over the deteriorating economic, social and political situation in the country. Full text...

  • EU demands publication of DRC election results from each local compilation centre
    14 january 2019 15:51:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo to "publish the minutes of each local results compilation centre," according to a European official statement released on Monday . Full text...

  • Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea aim at cooperation in tourism development
    14 january 2019 14:39:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea on Monday signed three agreements on political and mutual diplomatic consultations as well as investment in the tourism sector after the presidents of the two countries concluded bilateral talks in Kigali. Full text...

  • Five candidates shortlisted for Senegalese presidential election
    14 january 2019 13:48:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Constitutional Court on Monday in Dakar published the provisional list of five candidates for Senegal's 2019 presidential election, the first round of which is scheduled for 24 February. Full text...

  • Malian President participates in Sustainable Development Week in Abu Dhabi
    14 january 2019 12:14:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is participating in the Sustainable Development Week that opened on Monday in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, official sources have told PANA in Bamako. Full text...

  • UN chief in Libya reiterates determination to resolve crisis
    14 january 2019 11:48:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has said that the UN support mission does not want to extent the Libyan crisis nor compromise the organization of elections planned for this year. Full text...

  • Libya to boycott Arab League summit in Lebanon
    14 january 2019 10:36:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will not take part in the Arab League summit on economic and social development scheduled for 19-20 January in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, because of the hostility of some Lebanese political forces against its presence. Full text...

  • Libyan Presidential Council vice presidents warn Fayez al-Sarraj
    13 january 2019 16:39:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three Vice Presidents of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accordy have accused the Council's President Fayez al-Sarraj of monopolizing crucial decisions, signalling a break down at the moment when the initiative of the two Assemblies to restructure the Presidential Council seems to be stalling. Full text...

  • Benin and Togo want to expand their continental shelf
    13 january 2019 15:24:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin and Togo are pledging to formalize their joint submission to extend their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, according to official sources on Sunday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Zambian President calls for Government of National Unity in DRC
    13 january 2019 14:04:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has urged political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to consider forming a Government of National Unity in light of disputed election results. Full text...

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