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  • Kenyan activists file new petition against presidential re-run
    06 november 2017 20:24:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A fresh election petition has been filed challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the grounds the poll officials who conducted the vote were illegally appointed. Full text...

  • African Union troops launch new military offensive in Somalia
    06 november 2017 20:17:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) has launched a massive operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area, a field commander said on Monday. Full text...

  • Violence breaks out in Freetown between 2 political parties
    06 november 2017 19:49:57
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Violence broke out on Monday in the central Freetown between supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) over a radio talk show. Full text...

  • Kenya politician challenges validity of Kenyatta's controversial presidential re-run
    06 november 2017 19:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Supreme Court in Kenya has been called again to invalidate the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the grounds that the 26 October presidential rerun was held in violation of the constitution. Full text...

  • Mugabe fires 'deceitful' Vice President Mnangagua
    06 november 2017 16:12:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagua with immediate effect saying he has been "disloyal", "deceitful" and "unreliable", among other things. Full text...

  • Botswana remains steadfast on global issues - President Khama
    06 november 2017 15:34:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - President Ian Khama says Botswana will continue to play a critical and influential role in the promotion of global issues. Full text...

  • Official opposition charges South Africa's President Zuma yet again
    06 november 2017 14:51:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday announced that it is taking President Jacob Zuma to court after he failed to answer a question posed to him in Parliament last week. Full text...

  • LEAD: Liberia Supreme Court stalls presidential election run-off
    06 november 2017 12:48:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday granted the Writ of Prohibition filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) on the results of the first round of presidential election held 10 October that stalls the run-off scheduled for 7 November. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Liberia Supreme Court stalls presidential election run-off
    06 november 2017 12:22:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday granted the Writ of Prohibition filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) on the results of the first round of presidential election held 10 October that stalls the run-off scheduled for 7 November. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation targets apartheid-era flag
    06 november 2017 10:25:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Monday called for a public debate to determine whether the old South African flag, which is viewed as a symbol of apartheid, should be banned. Full text...

  • Liberia's Supreme Court slates ruling in election petition for Monday
    03 november 2017 16:45:45
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Friday reserved ruling in the petition for a writ of prohibition, filed by the Liberty Party on the 10 October election, for Monday, 6 November. Full text...

  • Zambian Lawyers condemn President Lungu’s threats on judiciary over 3rd-term bid
    03 november 2017 16:27:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has asked President Edgar Lungu to retract his statement against the judiciary over his eligibility to contest the 2021 elections. Full text...

  • Publishers ordered to withdraw explosive new Zuma book
    03 november 2017 16:11:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The State Security Agency (SSA) on Friday ordered the publishers of an explosive new book on President Jacob Zuma to withdraw it immediately. Full text...

  • Opposition targets Kenyatta family business, other firms in 'economic boycott'
    03 november 2017 12:12:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The opposition coalition in Kenya has named a milk firm owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta's family business, Brookside Dairies, at the start of its "economic boycott" plan to sabotage the government. Full text...

  • Intenational communuty urged to sanction perpetrators of abuses against media
    02 november 2017 20:08:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Journalist in Danger, a media watchdog, has urged the international community to increase pressure on DR Congo government to sanction perpetrators of abuses against press freedom. Full text...

  • Nigerian gov't counsels Spain on dialogue over Catalonian independence
    02 november 2017 18:47:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has urged Spain to embrace dialogue in resolving the political crisis rocking the country over Catalonia independence. Full text...

  • 'China-African forum will boost Nigeria, China partnership'
    02 november 2017 18:43:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian, Tuesday said that the upcoming Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting next year in Beijing, China, will boost China-Nigeria partnership. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition rules out seeking redress in court
    02 november 2017 18:28:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has said there are no plans by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the October 26 repeat presidential election that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta emerge victor. Full text...

  • Bashir, Kiir agree to directly supervise implementation of peace agreements signed 4 years ago
    02 november 2017 18:18:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, said they are taking into their hands the question of implementing agreements they signed four years ago as well as those signed this week, on economic and security cooperation. Full text...

  • South African President, Zuma, ridiculed in parliament again
    02 november 2017 15:07:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There was chaos in the South African Parliament on Thursday as opposition lawmakers hurled abuse at President Jacob Zuma who finds himself embroiled in yet another major controversy. Full text...

  • Rwanda welcomes decision by Namibia to scrap Visas for Africans
    02 november 2017 14:57:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has hailed the decision by Namibian authorities to scrap all visas to the Southern African nation for Africans in 2018. Full text...

  • Liberia Supreme Court to hear election petition on Friday
    02 november 2017 12:56:16
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's Supreme Court will on Friday hear a petition filed by a losing candidate alleging fraud in the 10 October first round presidential election, a source close to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has told PANA. Full text...

  • Libya's presidential council to tighten security in Tripoli
    02 november 2017 07:54:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chairman of the presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has approved several security programmes aimed at maintaining public safety in Tripol. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba
    01 november 2017 22:44:04
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution underlining the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. Full text...

  • LEAD: Togolese President Gnassingbe in Liberia to mediate on election issues
    01 november 2017 12:35:39
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Togolese President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Faure Gnassingbe has arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, at the head of an ECOWAS mission over electoral issues, an ECOWAS source told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Togolese President Gnassingbe in Liberia to mediate on election issues
    01 november 2017 11:49:31
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, at the head of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission over electoral issues, an ECOWAS source told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • LEAD: Liberia Supreme Court halts preparations for presidential election runoff
    01 november 2017 11:29:54
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberia Supreme Court on Wednesday halted preparations for the presidential runoff election scheduled for 7 November following a writ filed by Charles Brumskine, a candidate who came third in the first round of the vote, according to court documents obtained by PANA. Full text...

  • BREAKNG NEWS: Liberia Supreme Court halts preparations for presidential election runoff
    01 november 2017 10:54:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberia Supreme Court on Wednesday halted preparations for the presidential runoff election scheduled for 7 November following a writ filed by Charles Brumskine, a candidate who contested the first round of elections. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition leader rejects results of presidential election rerun
    31 october 2017 19:03:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's main opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday rejected the results of the controversial 26 October presidential election rerun which he boycotted saying the results would not be allowed to stand. Full text...

  • EU commends Gambian leader for leadership inspiration
    31 october 2017 17:24:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) special representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, has commended Gambian leader Adama Barrow for his leadership inspiration during the impasse when former President Yahya Jammeh rejected the December 2016 presidential election results. Full text...

  • Burkinabe opposition demands resignation of Security minister
    31 october 2017 15:57:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Opposition political parties in Burkina Faso, coming together under a single front, on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the Minister of Security, Simon Compaoré, who they say is "incompetent". Full text...

  • EU deploys 20 long-term observers for Liberia run-off polls
    31 october 2017 15:50:57
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Tuesday deployed 20 long-term observers to Liberia to monitor the run-off presidential elections on 7 November. Full text...

  • AU observers give mixed signal on Kenyan Presidential elections outcome
    31 october 2017 15:47:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is not in a position to determine whether the Kenyan Presidential elections were credible but it was conducted in accordance with the law, African Union Election Observer Mission Chief, Thabo Mbeki, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia president's office spikes allegation of interference in election
    30 october 2017 21:04:57
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Three Liberian political parties, including the ruling Unity Party (UP), have accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of interfering and influencing the outcome of the 2017 electoral process. Full text...

  • 'Sudan, South Sudan ready to build stable relations'
    30 october 2017 20:44:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The ministers of defence of Sudanese and South Sudan on Monday said they are looking forward to building stable and strong relations between Juba and Khartoum. Full text...

  • CEMAC nationals no longer need visa to enter Congo
    30 october 2017 20:20:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Citizens of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) will no longer need visa to enter the Congo for a stay not exceeding 90 days, according to a statement from the Congolese Ministry of the Interior on Monday. Full text...

  • Ballot papers for Liberia's presidential run-off arrive
    30 october 2017 19:46:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia has announced that ballots papers for the 7 November presidential run-off have arrived. Full text...

  • Kenyatta declared Presidential election winner
    30 october 2017 16:24:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body declared Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected on Monday, with 98.26% of the vote, at the end of a repeat Presidential election which followed the nullification of the 8 Aug Presidential vote. Full text...

  • South Africa's Opposition leader uses Mandela's prison to attack Zuma
    30 october 2017 13:55:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Monday visited Nelson Mandela’s famous prison cell on Robben Island and used the platform to launch a stinging attack on current President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson visits South Africa
    30 october 2017 13:09:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday begins a two-day official visit to South Africa, during which he will consult with President Jacob Zuma, the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and other senior government officials. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyatta to be declared winner of Presidency with 98%
    30 october 2017 12:23:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta was set to be declared winner of the 26 Oct presidential re-run with 98% of the votes cast, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • Kenya faces political uncertainty after vote count ends
    30 october 2017 10:49:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyans brace for an uncertain week on Monday after the end of vote counting and scrutiny from Thursday's presidential vote which, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), returned a 42% turnout, based on a count of votes from 266 constituencies. Full text...

  • Kenyan repeat presidential election raises doubts
    28 october 2017 18:52:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was again hard pressed on Saturday to justify higher voter turnout than it had declared at the close of voting on Thursday, saying vote scrutiny was still continuing. Full text...

  • UNESCO Member States set to approve programme, budget and appoint new DG
    28 october 2017 14:10:04
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s General Conference, taking place in Paris, France, from 30 October to 14 November, will bring together all of the Organization’s 195 Member States to its 39th session to approve the Organization’s budget and the direction of its programmes and activities for the next two years. Full text...

  • Kenyan poll body postpones voting in 27 constituencies after violence
    27 october 2017 19:52:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The repeat presidential election planned to take place in four counties in Western Kenya on Saturday have been postponed indefinitely after threats to poll officials and insecurity, poll chief Wafula Chebukati said on Friday. Full text...

  • U.S. official sues for DR Congo elections in 2018
    27 october 2017 19:18:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on a three-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to organize elections in 2018 and in order to put an end to a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • Morocco expels three MEPs visiting Western Sahara
    27 october 2017 18:14:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Three Members of European Parliament (MEPs) were on Friday expelled by Moroccan authorities soon after their plane landed at El Ayoun in Western Sahara, which Moroccans claim to be an integral part of their territory. Full text...

  • Kenya's violence-riddled repeat presidential election leaves nation divided
    27 october 2017 10:41:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Deep political divisions emerged in Kenya on Friday, a day after a crucial vote, which recorded a low voter turnout estimated at 33%, with President Uhuru Kenyatta taking a commanding lead in early results. Full text...

  • UN chief stresses need to support CAR's peacebuilding strategy
    27 october 2017 05:03:45
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – On the third day of his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to support the conflict-ravaged country’s peacebuilding and recovery strategy. Full text...

  • Fourth-placed Prince Johnson endorses George Weah in run-off
    26 october 2017 18:30:07
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Thursday pledged his support to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) standard bearer, George Weah, in the 7 November run-off polls. Full text...

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