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  • Ghana: Will John continue to rule Ghana?
    02 december 2016 07:58:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghanaians vote on 7 December in presidential and parliamentary elections, one question is whether John will continue to rule Ghana or another third time lucky candidate will be sworn in on 7 January next year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives credentials of US, Moroccan ambassadors
    01 december 2016 18:38:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged to remain committed to fighting terrorism, securing the country, fighting corruption, and salvaging the economy as he received credentials of two new ambassadors to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington of the United States and Moha Ouali Tagma of the Kingdom of Morocco. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Palestinian diplomat urges Israel to recognise the Palestinian State
    01 december 2016 14:51:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Palestinian government has called on the Israeli government to recognize the Palestine State and work toward the settlement of any dispute between them. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty International condemns communications blockade in Gambia
    01 december 2016 13:39:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Thursday condemned communications and Internet networks blackout in Gambia during Thursday's presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Aspiring AU chairperson Bathily says Africa lacks 'vigorous private sector'
    30 november 2016 19:33:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - One of the leading contenders for the African Union chairperson position, Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily, has strongly argued that public and private economic players must "pull together" to build an "African social base" for the development of the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'Special voting' kicks off Ghana's 2016 general election
    30 november 2016 18:43:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections kick off on Thursday with security personnel, journalists and staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) casting their ballots. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians go to presidential poll Thursday
    30 november 2016 17:38:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - About 886,578 registered voters in Gambia go to the polls on Thursday to elect a president who will lead the country for the next five years. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l tasks Gambian authorities on violence free elections
    30 november 2016 14:14:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Wednesday urged Gambian authorities to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the 1 December presidential elections, including the period following the results, are held in a climate that is free from violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma delivers tribute at Castro's funeral
    30 november 2016 14:10:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, who faces growing opposition to his leadership within the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has attended the funeral of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and delivered a glowing tribute. Full text...

  • US: US urges leaders of Ghana's main political parties to ensure peaceful elections
    30 november 2016 06:31:31
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged leaders of Ghana's two main political parties to ensure peaceful and fair elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges Ghana President, opposition leader to defuse tensions ahead of elections
    30 november 2016 06:08:23
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Ghana’s President and the main opposition leader to continue their role in defusing tensions towards the holding of peaceful and credible elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC rejects calls for Zuma to stand down
    29 november 2016 14:36:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa on Tuesday confirmed that it did not support calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian opposition leader says killings, torture will be investigated
    29 november 2016 11:29:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian opposition leader says killings and crimes against Gambians perpetrated during the 22 years of the government of President Yahaya Jammeh will be investigated if the opposition coalition wins the 1 December election. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudanese urged to unite towards 'creating national identity'
    29 november 2016 05:51:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - All people in South Sudan, regardless of their ethnic affiliation, must unite towards creating a national identify, the head of the United Nations mission there urged on MO=onday, underscoring the potential of the resource-rich African country to prosper despite its ongoing challenges. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives credentials of South Sudan, SADR ambassadors
    28 november 2016 19:53:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received in Abuja credentials of two new ambassadors to Nigeria from South Sudan and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Full text...

  • Gambia: Lawmaker calls on Gambians to vote for Jammeh's rival
    28 november 2016 19:38:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's minority leader in the National Assembly and Member of Parliament for Niamina Dankunku constituency, Samba Jallow, has called on Gambians to vote for independent presidential candidate Adama Barrow on 1 December 2016. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's ruling ANC debates Zuma's political future
    28 november 2016 19:19:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s political future is on the line as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) national executive continues debating his fitness to hold office. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh warns troublemakers during election period
    28 november 2016 17:25:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has warned that tough action would be taken against people planning to cause mayhem in this year’s presidential election in the West African country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda president Kagame 'sad' at Castro's death
    26 november 2016 16:18:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame on Saturday expressed deep sadness at the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, referring to him as a "tenacious fighter who lived a full liberation life". Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy urges flexibility to aid DR Congo election process
    26 november 2016 05:13:29
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Wrapping up a visit to Africa’s Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy on Friday urged stakeholders in the electoral process of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to do more to help ensure the country is able to hold peaceful elections. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, global community back Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure credible polls
    26 november 2016 05:05:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations and other members of the international community have commended the efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure a credible and legitimate electoral process and supported the bodies’ decisions to disqualify candidates who engaged in corruption, intimidation and manipulation in the ongoing parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: Presidential contender says Gambia has no diplomatic face
    25 november 2016 19:00:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia’s has misplaced its diplomatic reputation with Western countries and, most importantly with Africa, as many embassies closed down, according to Mamma Kandeh, presidential candidate for Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC). Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition Coalition candidate says his candidature is a symbol of national unity
    25 november 2016 15:59:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Adama Barrow, the presidential candidate of the seven-party opposition coalition, in Gambia's 1 December polls, has said his candidature is a symbol of national unity, promising to work with coalition partners to unify a divided nation. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rival presidential candidates allege Jammeh-led Gambia is going under
    24 november 2016 20:08:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - As the electioneering campaign hots up in the Gambia for the 1 December presidential polls, a number of candidates have slammed President Yahya Jammeh, alleging that he has run the country aground. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana makes case for urgent UN action on Syria
    24 november 2016 18:50:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has challenged the United Nations Security Council to act on the protracted conflict in Syria, ongoing since 2011. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian High Court nullifies parliamentary election of Commerce minister
    24 november 2016 14:26:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambia High Court in Lusaka on Thursday nullified the parliamentary election of Commerce, Trade and Industry minister Margaret Mwanakatwe. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African trade union federation backs Ramaphosa for President
    24 november 2016 14:00:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on Thursday threw its formidable weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the next leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Concerns of post-election violence kick security bodies, others into action
    24 november 2016 11:39:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Concerns of election violence in Ghana have kicked the security agencies and several governance institutions, traditional and religious leaders into action as the country works to maintain its reputation as an oasis of peace in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh claims West has "poorest women empowerment" record globally
    23 november 2016 19:02:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, campaigning for his fifth term in office, claimed Wednesday that the West has the poorest women empowerment record as they still faced gender inequality in wages. Full text...

  • Gambia: Election commission says Dec. 1 polls on course
    23 november 2016 15:12:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s independent electoral commission chairman, Alieu Momar Njai, has said preparations by his office for the December 1 presidential election is on course with all stakeholders participating in the process. Full text...

  • Ghana: Political parties in Ghana hit home stretch as elections draw near
    23 november 2016 06:29:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political parties in Ghana have stepped up their activities in the home stretch to the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections, touring every nook and cranny of the West African country to solicit for votes from the 15.7 million registered voters. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to apologise
    22 november 2016 17:34:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has criticized Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama for making ''highly divisive and unfortunate comments'' while campaigning for re-election. Full text...

  • Gambia: "We will end impunity in Gambia", says Opposition coalition leader
    22 november 2016 15:01:15
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - The mission of the Gambian Opposition coalition is to end impunity and oppression in the tiny West African country, according to Alagi Sidia Jatta, the executive member of the coalition of seven opposition political parties backing an elected single presidential candidate, Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Zambia: High Court nullifies election of Higher Education Minister as MP
    22 november 2016 13:31:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Lusaka High Court on Tuesday nullified the parliamentary election of the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Nkandu Luo, whose election was petitioned by opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate, Doreen Mwamba, whom she defeated in the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • US: US pledges support for more inclusive agreement in DR Congo
    22 november 2016 05:40:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US on Monday declared its support for the discussions facilitated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CENCO) of DR Congo between the political opposition and the Government to reach a consensus path towards credible and timely elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners task Somalia electoral body on credible elections
    21 november 2016 15:28:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has stressed the need to ensure that the legitimacy of the electoral process in the country is preserved and called on the electoral body to investigate any credible reports of violations of rules and regulations. Full text...

  • Somalia: UNSOM welcomes ceasefire deal in Gaalkacyo city
    19 november 2016 19:40:53
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has welcomed the agreement reached Friday by Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland and Abdikarim Hussein Guled of Galmudug state and brokered by Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Omar Sharmarke to extend the current ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and establish a two-kilometre-wide buffer zone between their security forces stationed in the city. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in S. Sudan
    19 november 2016 19:19:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council has called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia denies EU access to monitor presidential poll
    19 november 2016 14:58:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities have refused the European Union access to observe the presidential election set for 1 December, according to an official of the EU Delegation in Banjul. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius insists Chagos Islands are integral part of its territory
    19 november 2016 07:26:44
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has insisted that the Chagos Archipelago has always formed and continues to form an integral part of the territory of Mauritius and it does not recognise the so-called “British Indian Ocean Territory”. Full text...

  • France: Ban hails support of France during his tenure as UN chief
    19 november 2016 07:00:31
    Paris, France (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the leadership of France in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change last December, as well as for its role in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh says Gambia's development depends on 1 December poll outcome
    18 november 2016 19:35:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has warned his compatriots that the development of their West African nation depend on the outcome of the 1 December 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • UN: South African minister, ICC president hold talks
    18 november 2016 15:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - South Africa's Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Tshililo Michael Masutha, on Friday held talks with President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • Belgium: Donors pledge €2.06 billion to support CAR at Brussels conference
    18 november 2016 09:23:34
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Donors have pledged €2.06 billion (US$2.28 billion) to support the Central African Republic's efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation, as well as to promote development and economic recovery, while continuing with the provision of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • US: UN, OIC must cooperate on resolving conflicts, Security Council told
    18 november 2016 06:12:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Citing more than 20 years of collaboration between the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a senior UN political official on Thursday urged greater efforts by the two entities to draw on each other’s strengths and devise joint strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts. Full text...

  • Belgium: UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in CAR
    18 november 2016 05:58:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged an international conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) to show solidarity and pledge the necessary financial support to the Government-identified priorities and reforms needed for the African country’s rehabilitation and stabilization. Full text...

  • US: Ban says he has 'taken note' of appointment of new DR Congo Prime Minister
    18 november 2016 05:42:46
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has taken note of Thursday's appointment of Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister ahead of the formation of a transitional government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in line with the political agreement of 18 October. Full text...

  • US: 'South Sudan continues to face persistent challenges to peace, stability'
    18 november 2016 05:34:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan has called on the UN Security Council to continue to accord priority to the country and to consider the future of its people in taking any decisions. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief urges governments to support ICC
    16 november 2016 19:58:41
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of three African countries withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein has stressed that there is no substitute for the Court and called on the international community to "place their collective shoulder behind the institution." Full text...

  • US: Nigerian leader, US Secretary of State hold talks in Morocco
    16 november 2016 19:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday held bilateral talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on the margins of the ongoing 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Full text...

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