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  • President Tshisekedi reassures about DRC's basic principles of diplomacy
    16 february 2019 13:50:07
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The basic principles of the Congolese diplomacy remain the same since the country's independence in 1960, President Felix Tshisekedi said on Friday when he received the diplomatic corps accredited to DR Congo. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party and others criticise umpire for election postponement
    16 february 2019 13:29:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The campaign office of President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday blamed the major opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the postponement of the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections. Full text...

  • Libya sets up crisis unit on abduction of 14 Tunisians
    16 february 2019 11:37:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Fathi Bachagha, Libyan Minister of Interior of the Government of National Accord, on Saturday ordered the creation of a crisis unit following the abduction of 14 Tunisians in Zaouia town, 55 km west of Tripoli, and the introduction of the state of emergency in relevant departments. Full text...

  • Buhari says "deeply disappointed" at postponement of Nigeria's elections
    16 february 2019 11:19:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday he is “deeply disappointed” at the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours before the exercise got underway. Full text...

  • Libya demands exclusion from EU's blacklist of countries financing terrorism
    16 february 2019 11:12:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has called for the withdrawal of his country from the European Union (EU) list of countries connected to terrorist financing and money laundering. Full text...

  • Leading opposition candidate, party, call for calm over postponement of elections
    16 february 2019 05:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The candidate of Nigeria's major opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday called on his supporters to remain calm and be patient following the postponement of the country's elections by a week. Full text...

  • Nigeria's general elections postponed
    16 february 2019 05:08:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Just hours before Nigerians were slated to head to the polling units on Saturday for the presidential and national assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a one-week postponement of the polls to address "identified challenges". Full text...

  • Guinean Justice minister sues for good governance
    15 february 2019 22:06:19
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Good governance is essential to reach sustainable development at the economic, social and judicial levels, the Guinean minister of Justice, Mr Cheik Sacko, said on Friday when opening the 48-hour proceedings of the first edition of the national governance forum. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to send 80 electoral observers for Senegalese presidential election
    15 february 2019 17:29:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will sent to Senegal 80 observers to supervise the political process of the first round of the Senegalese presidential election due for 24 February, sources at the organisation’s communication committee told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian political parties mobilise for last minute surprises (By Madu Onuorah, PANA corespondent)
    15 february 2019 12:24:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the major opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), other presidential and National Assembly candidates in Saturday's elections ended their campaigns on Thursday, according to the guidelines of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Full text...

  • Former French president Francois Hollande visits West Africa
    15 february 2019 10:55:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Former French head of the state (2012-2017), François Hollande, on Thursday began a brief tour of West Africa which kicked off in Mauritania and will take him to Mali and Guinea, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council reaffirms readiness to provide level-playing field for polls
    14 february 2019 22:52:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The spokesperson for the Libyan presidential council of the government of national accord, Mohamed al-Sallak, has reaffirmed the full support of the presidential council to preparations for a level-playing field for the success of the parliamentary and presidential council polls. Full text...

  • Senegalese presidential candidate, Sonko, will not grant Casamance special status
    14 february 2019 22:20:46
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese presidential candidate, Ousmane Sonko, who is campaigning in Casamance (South), said on Wednesday that he will not give special status to that region if he is elected president. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela's bust knocked down in Duden Park, Brussels
    14 february 2019 22:03:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The bust of Nelson Mandela, the hero of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, was ripped from its base and knocked down in Duden Park, in the municipality of Forest in Brussels on Tuesday by Belgian activists. Full text...

  • China envoy in Burundi inaugurates new presidential palace
    14 february 2019 21:55:42
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Chinese Ambassador to Burundi, Li Changlin, Thursday handed over a new presidential palace funded by the Chinese government to the government of Burundi at an official ceremony held here, an official source told PANA.. Full text...

  • Gov't threatens legal action on those calling for violent regime change
    14 february 2019 21:35:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of Sudan on Thursday said it is taking stern legal action against those who have called for the use of forces to overthrow the government in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Buhari attempts to sway voters ahead of Saturday polls
    14 february 2019 20:11:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday night again assured of a peaceful elections on Saturday, saying that “any comments or threats of intimidation from any source do not represent the position” of his government. Full text...

  • Buhari warns public officials against abuse of office
    14 february 2019 19:36:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday in his home State of Katsina, Northwest Nigeria, warned public officials, particularly those elected and appointed into offices, that they must keep public trust or leave. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commissioner advocates reduction of cost of elections
    14 february 2019 17:55:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Gen. Francis Behanzin has called for reduction of the cost of elections to make democracy affordable, more participatory and inclusive. Full text...

  • Nigerian elections followed with great expectations, says Johnson-Sirleaf
    14 february 2019 17:51:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former Liberian President and Head of the ECOWAS 200-member Observation Mission to Nigeria, says the 2019 general elections in Africa’s most populous nation are being followed with great expectations. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari thanks former US President Clinton for support to country, pledges commitment to free, fair, credible elections
    14 february 2019 17:23:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night spoke with former US President Bill Clinton, thanking him for his continuous support for Nigeria, an official statement said. Full text...

  • France supports training of anti-terrorist brigade in Burkina Faso
    14 february 2019 13:37:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - France reaffirmed on Thursday its support for Burkina Faso in the formation of the Special Anti-Terrorist Crime Investigation Brigade, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Justice said in a statement. Full text...

  • Tunisia to attend Arab-European summit in Sharm el Sheikh
    14 february 2019 12:59:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia will take part in the Arab-European summit scheduled to take place from 24-25 February in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, the Tunisian presidency announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's new Prime Minister to deliver policy speech on Monday
    14 february 2019 11:21:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The new Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, who took office on 24 January, will deliver a policy statement in Parliament on Monday, the government announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegalese presidential candidate rules out negotiation with separatists
    14 february 2019 11:13:33
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - A presidential candidate in Senegal's 24 February election, Ousmane Sonko, has ruled out negotiations with the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), saying he would simply look for them in the bush and bring them back into civilian life. Full text...

  • Buhari extols virtues of credible polls ahead of Saturday's elections
    13 february 2019 21:05:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday received the Commonwealth delegation, led by its Secretary-General, Ms Patricia Scotland, saying people have more confidence in a government they have elected in free and fair polls, rather than one that wangles its way into office through artifice and subterfuge. Full text...

  • 3rd confab of Arab-African countries bordering the Red Sea opens in Cairo
    13 february 2019 19:57:28
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The third edition of senior officials from Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea opened on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, sources close to the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs said. Full text...

  • France expresses concern over detention of Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto
    13 february 2019 16:48:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French government Wednesday expressed concern over the detention of Maurice Kamto, leader of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), an official statement said. Full text...

  • Nigeria's contesting parties sign second accord on peaceful polls
    13 february 2019 14:55:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President and candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President and candidate of the major opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as well as candidates of other political parties contesting Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections on Wednesday signed the second peace accord aimed at having a peaceful election in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Security forces detailed for protection of Senegalese presidential candidates
    13 february 2019 13:40:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's five presidential candidates for the 24 February election were from Wednesday assured of full-time police protection by Interior minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye. Full text...

  • UN experts release critical report on Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo
    13 february 2019 12:40:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has expressed worry over a report by UN experts which asks his country to apologise to the Congolese people for the past Belgian colonisation. Full text...

  • Rights group demands protection from violence in Nigeria polls
    13 february 2019 12:05:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International is asking the Nigerian authorities to protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country’s upcoming general election. Full text...

  • AU supports Libya's candidacy for UN Human Rights Council
    13 february 2019 10:52:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has approved the candidacy of Libya to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 period, a communiqué from the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Electoral Commissioner gives assurances of credible vote
    13 february 2019 07:12:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s crucial presidential and general elections on 16 February and 2 March, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reassured the international community of the their readiness to deliver credible elections. Full text...

  • Niger launches a program to promote peaceful democratic alternation
    12 february 2019 22:32:56
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Niger, in collaboration with USAID (American Agency for International Development), NDI (National Democratic Institute) and IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems), on Tuesday in Niamey, launched a Program "Promoting a peaceful democratic change through free, transparent and inclusive elections". Full text...

  • US denies taking sides in Nigeria's elections
    12 february 2019 20:27:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday said that it is not taking sides in Nigeria’s scheduled elections starting on Saturday with the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Buhari restates commitment to free, fair and credible elections ahead of Saturday polls
    12 february 2019 19:14:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday visited two Niger Delta capital cities of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as part of his campaign ahead of Saturday’s Presidential election, restating his commitment to free, fair and credible elections. Full text...

  • Tensions high over rolling power outages in South Africa
    12 february 2019 14:58:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ongoing power problems came into sharp focus during Tuesday’s parliamentary debate of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address last week. Full text...

  • Libyan MPs urge EU to help avoid military confrontation in the south
    12 february 2019 12:03:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - MPs of the city of Misrata, 220 km in east of Tripoli, on Monday urged the European Union (EU) to "exert all possible pressure to avoid any military confrontation in the south of the country" where an operation has been launched by the Libyan National Army under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Full text...

  • AU seeks solution to Libya's political timetable deadlock
    12 february 2019 10:45:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At the end of their ordinary summit in Addis Ababa, the leaders of the African Union (AU) on Monday evening waded into the political deadlock in Libya as the continental body sought to present a timetable that would culminate in elections in the autumn of this year. Full text...

  • Nigerian parties intensify campaigns ahead of Saturday's elections (News Analysis by Madu Onuora, PANA correspondent)
    12 february 2019 09:39:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With just a few days to Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections in Nigeria, the two leading candidates have intensified their campaigns, traversing the length and breadth of the vast country canvassing for votes. Full text...

  • AU Summit approves sweeping powers on UN reform agenda
    12 february 2019 07:20:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Summit has approved a comprehensive set of reforms to the UN Security Council, retaining the power to elect or select countries to occupy five non-permanent seats and two permanent seats with all powers including veto to represent the continent at the powerful world body. Full text...

  • AU, UN to cooperate for the implementation of the UN Action Plan in Libya
    11 february 2019 22:58:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) has welcomed closer cooperation with the African Union (AU) for the implementation of the Action Plan of the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to resolve the crisis in the north African country. Full text...

  • Biya's regime is suffering from a shortfall of breath - Maurice Kamto
    11 february 2019 22:45:03
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Mauricio Kamto, leader of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (Mrc) Monday accused President Paul Biya's regime of suffering from “a breathlessness that is prejudicial to the proper functioning of institutions". Full text...

  • Tunisian security unit says has dismantled 'terrorist' ring
    11 february 2019 21:46:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A Tunisian security unit in the northwestern city of Jendouba has dismantled a ‘terrorist’ ring of five persons, Tunisian security forces said in a statement here on Monday. Full text...

  • AU Summit ends with renewed resolve to comprehensively address refugee crisis
    11 february 2019 19:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government ended on Monday with a pledge by African leaders to take comprehensive steps to end displacement of populations and the refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Buhari's campaign criticises US over repeated calls for free, fair, peaceful vote
    11 february 2019 18:02:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign team on Monday criticised the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over his repeated calls for free, fair and peaceful elections this month. Full text...

  • AU Summit presses for dialogue on inclusive govt in DR Congo
    11 february 2019 16:07:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui held talks with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday at the ongoing Assembly of African Heads of State about the possibility of forming a national unity government. Full text...

  • US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs due in Niger on Tuesday
    11 february 2019 15:37:50
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - United States Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David M. Hale, is expected Tuesday in Niamey for a 48-hour visit to Niger focused on the security situation in the Sahel, said a press release from the United States Embassy in Niamey. Full text...

  • AU Summit puzzled over weak resolve to fight terrorism in Sahel Region
    11 february 2019 15:06:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit has been puzzled by the failure of the UN Security Council to authorise an increase in financing to back the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region, which has weakened the ability of the affected countries to stabilise the desert region. Full text...

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