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  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan assures he'll hand over if he loses 28 March poll
    12 february 2015 08:10:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan plans to perpetuate himself in power, he has assured he will hand over to the winner of the 28 March presidential election if he loses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US Envoy urges Nigerians to vote peacefully
    12 february 2015 00:36:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Consul General in Nigeria, Mr Jeffery Hawkins, has called on Nigerians to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner by coming out to vote visionary leaders of their choice that can effect the real change in the country during next month's reschedule elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Nigerian prelate stresses importance of free, fair elections
    11 february 2015 20:49:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The president of Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said many were unhappy with the country general elections being postponed, but has assured the faithful that efforts being made are to protect citizens and to ensure elections are fair, church news agency Zenit reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party accuses INEC head of collaboration with leading opposition party
    11 february 2015 19:20:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday in Abuja accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair, Professor Attahiru Jega, of collaborating with the leading opposition All Progressives' Congress (APC) "to make the outcome of the 2015 general elections favourable to them." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal govt warns diplomats dabbling in Nigeria's internal affairs
    11 february 2015 18:53:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government Wednesday declared as “unacceptable” the conduct of some heads of diplomatic missions in the country, accusing them of making “unguarded utterances and interfering in its internal affairs.” Full text...

  • Mauritius: Police grill former Mauritian PM about cash stashed in his house
    11 february 2015 17:16:47
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Former Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam faces a tough police inquiry after two safes containing huge amounts of money, including lots of foreign currency, were discovered at his home over the weekend, PANA has reported from the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU congratulates new Tunisian government
    11 february 2015 16:20:34
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has congratulated Tunisia's new Prime Minister, Habib Assid, and his government for the vote of confidence given by the Assembly of the people's representatives, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says it has no plan to interfere in nation's democratic process
    11 february 2015 13:29:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Apparently feeling the heat from critics of its alleged role in Saturday's six-week postponement of the 2015 elections, the Nigerian military Wednesday restated its commitment to supporting the nation’s democracy as constitutionally guaranteed. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Census shift raises fears over tenure elongation
    11 february 2015 13:12:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's government decision last week to defer the Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Uganda agree to curb activities of rebel movements
    10 february 2015 20:47:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Foreign Ministry says Khartoum and Kampala have reached an understanding to end activities of armed Sudanese rebel movements that use Ugandan territories as springboard to launch subversive attack against Sudan. Full text...

  • Algeria: Malian PM hails Algiers’ role in inter-Malian talks
    10 february 2015 19:02:04
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita, on a working visit to Algeria, on Tuesday praised the “excellent role played by Algiers in the inclusive inter-Malian dialogue" and expressed his country's “great hope to see the fifth round of talks end with a peace and stability deal for Mali." Full text...

  • Libya: Inter-Libyan talks to reopen Wednesday in Ghadames
    10 february 2015 18:40:05
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A new cycle of Libyan political dialogue will be held Wednesday in the city of Ghadames, an oasis located in the southwest of the country, one of the 94 members of the National General Congress (NGC) was quoted Tuesday by the newspaper al-Wassat as saying. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes dialogue between Mozambique president, opposition leader
    10 february 2015 17:20:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed meetings between Full text...

  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended
    10 february 2015 08:46:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended by four weeks the collection of the biometric voter cards, called Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), following the recent six-week postponement of the country's general elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Canada concerned about postponement of Nigerian general elections
    09 february 2015 19:32:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, Mr. Deepak Obhrai, on Monday expressed his government's concern about the postponement of Nigeria’s presidential, legislative and state elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Telecom Company unveils app to enhance voter education in Nigeria
    09 february 2015 15:41:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Telecommunication Company, MTN, has unveiled an app which is aimed at educating voters in Nigeria about the forthcoming general elections, global telecoms monitor Pyramid Research said Monday in its daily news update. Full text...

  • Algeria: Libya's neighbours meet Thursday in N'Djamena
    09 february 2015 14:37:20
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Libya’s neighbouring countries will meet on Thursday in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, to continue their consultations on the Libyan crisis, the Algerian deputy minister for Maghreb and African affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, said here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Belarus to establish Diplomatic Presence
    09 february 2015 14:27:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Belarus have begun talks aimed at establishing diplomatic presence between the two countries, the Kenya Foreign and International Trade press desk said in a news dispatch from Munich, Germany. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Accept election shift in good faith, ECOWAS tells Nigerians
    09 february 2015 13:26:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has urged political actors in Nigeria to respect the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the country's general elections by six weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma responds to threats to disrupt his State of the Nation address
    09 february 2015 12:11:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tension is running high ahead of Thursday’s much-anticipated State of the Nation address by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who has not appeared in Parliament since November following a near riot which prevented him from completing a question-and-answer session with MPs. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigeria on credible, free, transparent elections
    08 february 2015 19:23:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday noted the decision of the Nigerian Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the general elections, initially scheduled for 14 February 2015, and urged the electoral authorities to take all necessary measures, to enable all eligible citizens, including those displaced, to exercise their right to vote in a timely manner. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party welcomes election shift
    08 february 2015 01:10:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcomed the six-week postponement of the 2015 general elections over security concerns. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Elections postponed by six weeks over security concerns
    08 february 2015 00:08:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday night announced the postponement of the country's 2015 general elections from 14 and 28 Feb. to 28 March and 11 April, citing concerns about the security of voters and staffers nationwide. Full text...

  • BREAKING: Nigeria postpones elections by six weeks
    07 february 2015 23:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's general elections have been postponed by six weeks due to security concerns in the North-east which has been worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Full text...

  • US: US supports peaceful, credible, timely elections in Nigeria
    07 february 2015 20:06:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has reiterated its support for peaceful, free, Full text...

  • Libya: Arab league reaffirms support to UN efforts in Libya
    07 february 2015 19:14:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The representative of the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nasser al-Koudwa, has reaffirmed his organization's support to efforts by the UN in Libya, particularly moves by Bernardo Leon, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General, to avoid the escalation of violence in the north African country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former PM granted bail over money laundering charges
    07 february 2015 17:43:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Former Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who is facing two charges of complicity to commit a crime and money laundering, was granted bail Saturday evening by a Court in Port-Louis, PANA learnt from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Algeria: Minister advocates for positive French-African cooperation
    07 february 2015 15:53:52
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Algerian deputy minister for Maghreb and African affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has called for the establishment of new platform for the development of a “promising” cooperation between Africa and France. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader wants age limit removed for presidential aspirants
    07 february 2015 08:01:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Opposition Gambia Moral Congress party (GMC) has called on the Gambian government to remove the “age limit” tag for candidates’ aspiring to the presidency, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa gears up for "dramatic" State of the Nation address (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    07 february 2015 06:39:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is gearing up for what is likely to be the most riveting State of the Nation address since FW De Klerk stunned the world 25 years ago by announcing the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC) and the imminent release of Nelson Mandela who had spent 25 years in jail. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US senator McCain in Tunis
    06 february 2015 22:34:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – US senator John McCain on Friday praised the new government which is assuming office after free and fair elections and expressed confidence in the successful Tunisian experience, which will be a model for countries of the Middle East in the materialization of freedom and democracy. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former Mauritian PM Navin Ramgoolam arrested
    06 february 2015 18:18:29
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Former Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam was arrested by the Police late Friday at his residence in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, his lawyer Yousuf Mohamed said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission Chief of Staff steps down
    06 february 2015 17:03:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday accepted the resignation of Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Natama from the position of Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Chairperson. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Army gaining grounds against armed groups'
    06 february 2015 14:30:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Interior minister, Omar al-Soukni, has said that all Libyan forces, under the command of the Libyan army Chief, Abdelrazak al-Nadhouri, had gained grounds against armed groups across the country, liberating Benghazi in the process. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian president goes on vacation
    06 february 2015 12:38:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has gone on a 15-day vacation, taking time off to rest in the region of Inchiri, 250 km North of Nouakchott, presidential sources here said Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU assists people affected by floods in southern Africa with 3m euros
    06 february 2015 12:26:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has released 3 million euros for the southern African countries affected by recent floods (Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar), the European Commission said in a press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: New government wins Parliamentary vote of confidence
    05 february 2015 21:56:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian government on Thursday won a vote of confidence in Parliament by a large majority. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: People demonstrate against ex-Compaoré security regiment
    05 february 2015 18:39:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Crowds of demonstrators, mainly students, Thursday gathered at the National Square of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to show their disgust for the behaviour of ousted president Blaise Compaoré's elite security regiment. Full text...

  • Congo: 'US aid to CAR estimated at US$300 million'
    05 february 2015 14:24:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Robin D. Meyer, the director of affairs for Central Africa at the US State department, has said that US aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) is estimated at some US$ 300 million. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN envoy calls for united effort in dealing with negative forces in eastern DRC
    05 february 2015 14:08:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on Wednesday concluded a visit to Rwanda where he discussed ongoing peace and security developments in the region with high-ranking government officials. Full text...

  • UN: UN Somalia envoy 'excited, worried' about political progress in 2015
    04 february 2015 22:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the partnership between the African Union (AU) and the UN in Somalia, which he called "unique, strong and essential for success" in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Change is possible in a democratic setting' - US Ambassador
    04 february 2015 22:49:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Enstwistle, on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Nigeria to commit themselves to peaceful election, saying it is possible for change to be achieved under a peaceful democratic process. Full text...

  • Angola: Opposition demands voting rights for all citizens abroad
    04 february 2015 22:21:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angola’s second largest opposition party, CASA-CE, has called for all Angolans living abroad to be able to exercise their right for vote, from the next general elections in 2017. Full text...

  • Libya: NGC, Parliament to send four reps each to next round of inter-Libyan talks
    04 february 2015 18:22:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's National General Congress (NGC) has agreed with the UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, on the date and venue for the next round of inter-Libyan talks, according to the Congress spokesperson, Omar Hmeidan. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Former guards of Compaoré interrupt Burkina cabinet session
    04 february 2015 17:43:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The presidential security regiment (RSP) of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaoré on Thursday stormed into the weekly Council of Ministers meeting at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, according to informed sources. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Resignation of Constitutional Council Chief raises concerns on electoral process
    04 february 2015 12:29:57
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The main opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has said that the resignation, Tuesday, of Prof. Francis Wodié, as President of the Constitutional Council, has raised concerns on the electoral process, with less than 10 month to the next presidential election in October 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CPJ tasks Nigerian authorities over denial of visas to journos seeking to cover elections
    04 february 2015 09:50:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With over 40 journalists yet to secure their visas to Nigeria for the 14 and 28 Feb. general elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the country's authorities to ensure that international journalists are allowed access to cover the elections. Full text...

  • UN: 'Power-sharing formula vital to peace in South Sudan'
    04 february 2015 08:12:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar to put the interests of their people ahead of their own in order for peace to flourish in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: President Ouattara appoints new president of Constitutional council
    03 february 2015 21:22:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday appointed justice Mamadou Koné as president of the constitutional council, replacing public law professor, Francis Romain Vangah Wodié. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian government, armed groups to hold extraordinary meeting in Algiers
    03 february 2015 16:42:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and armed groups are expected in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on 5-6 February for an extraordinary meeting of the Committee for the monitoring and evaluation of the Algiers agreements. Full text...

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