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  • Nigeria: Governorship/House of Assembly elections 'went well' - Civil Society
    13 april 2015 11:59:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of 'The Situation Room' have given a pass mark to the state elections held across Nigeria on Saturday, even while calling attention to some lapses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition party wins most states in Governorship polls
    13 april 2015 11:09:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won in most of the states where results of Saturday's Governorship and State Assembly (parliament) elections have been declared so far, building on its shellacking of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Presidential and National Assembly elections held two weeks earlier. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Deaths, low voter turnout hallmark state elections
    12 april 2015 10:37:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Results of Saturday's Governorship and State House of Assembly (parliament) elections were being awaited on Sunday, as reports of low voter turnout, violence and electoral malfeasance emerged. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya orders UNHCR to shut down Somali refugee camp
    11 april 2015 18:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has issued a three-month ultimatum to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate Somali and Ethiopian refugees at the refugee camps in Dadaab, North Eastern Kenya, following the killing of 147 University campus students. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU election observer hails card reader improvement
    11 april 2015 17:04:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chief Observer of the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission in Nigeria, Mr. Santiago Fisas, has hailed the improvement recorded in the functionality of the Smart Card Readers being used to verify the genuineness of the biometric voter cards in Saturday's state elections in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: FM reaffirms Libyan govt. commitment to resolve crisis through political dialogue
    11 april 2015 16:26:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – As Morocco and Algeria prepare to host the new rounds of inter-Libyan peace talks, the country's foreign affairs minister, Mohamed al-Dairi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the interim government to finding a workable political solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voting starts in Nigeria's State elections
    11 april 2015 14:35:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Voting has started in Nigeria's state elections, following the conclusion of the accreditation process to verify the biometric voter cards presented by would-be voters in most polling units. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voters return to the polls to elect Governors, Lawmakers
    11 april 2015 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two weeks after electing a new President, Nigerian voters on Saturday returned to the polls to elect State Governors and Lawmakers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigerians on peaceful gubernatorial, State assemblies elections
    10 april 2015 22:29:47
    New York, US (PANA) - As Nigeria gets set this weekend to hold its Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again congratulated Nigerians and the government on the peaceful manner in which the recent presidential and parliamentary elections were held and expressed the hope that similar conditions will prevail during the new polls. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: UN Envoy meets President Koroma, "sacked" VP Sam Sumana
    10 april 2015 15:34:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has met with both President Koroma of Sierra Leone and the elected Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana, to discuss the constitutional row over the latter's sacking. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM reacts to damning EU statement on Sudanese national dialogue
    10 april 2015 14:12:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has expressed regrets over a statement issued Thursday by a Senior European Union (EU) official, accusing Khartoum of being unable to initiate a national dialogue it announced in January last year and failing to show up for a pre-dialogue meeting in the Ethiopian capital last week. Full text...

  • Mali: FM criticizes Ban Ki-moon's report on Malian crisis
    10 april 2015 13:34:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian minister of foreign affairs, African integration and International Cooperation, Abdallah Diop, has slammed comments credited to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that all parties to the conflict in Mali, including the Malian government, “have violated the ceasefire agreement in place”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mandate of Community Court may be expanded to cover genocide, crimes against humanity
    10 april 2015 13:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering the possibility of enlarging the mandate of its regional court to enable it handle cases relating to the massive violation of human rights such as genocide and crimes against humanity, a judge of the Court said in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief approves deployment of AU mission to observe elections in Sudan
    09 april 2015 17:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015, the Commission said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU witholds support for Sudan's general, presidential elections
    09 april 2015 16:46:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union on Thursday said it would not provide any support for the general and presidential elections set to begin in Sudan in three days’ time. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Supreme court adjourns ruling on VP vs govt. dismissal case
    09 april 2015 15:13:37
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Supreme court Thursday adjourned ruling on an application for an interlocutory injunction sought by lawyers, representing sacked Vice President Sam Sumana, restraining Victor Foh from acting as Vice President. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Ex-VP's lawyers seek to stop Acting VP
    09 april 2015 09:27:40
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Lawyers for Sierra Leone's sacked Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana head to the country's Supreme Court Thursday (9April) to seek an interlocutory injunction restraining Ambassador Victor Foh from acting as Vice President while the constitutionality of the President's action is being heard . Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief appoints four special representatives, heads of liaison offices
    08 april 2015 19:25:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As part of the African Union's continued efforts to maintain an effective presence on the ground and support the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed four new Special Representatives and Heads of Liaison Offices. Full text...

  • Belgium: European parliamentary delegation on four-day visit to DRC
    08 april 2015 18:26:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A delegation from the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament on Wednesday began a four-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), official sources here said. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Ould Abdel Aziz visits Saudi Arabia
    08 april 2015 17:46:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday began a two-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mugabe gets 21-gun salute in South Africa
    08 april 2015 16:08:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Wednesday received a 21–gun salute and addressed his critics in his first state visit to South Africa since 1994. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CS Situation Room to observe 11 April gubernatorial elections in Nigeria
    08 april 2015 13:44:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, comprising more than 60 civic groups, says it will reconvene to observe the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections holding on 11 April, 2015, according to a press statement, received here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President-elect faces huge expectations
    07 april 2015 09:58:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Muhammadu Buhari will have to hit the ground running on 29 May when he is due to be inaugurated as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in view of the huge expectations from his compatriots, some of whom even expect him to perform a miracle, analysts have said. Full text...

  • Nigeria:Israel pledges support to Nigeria in fighting terrorism, corruption
    06 april 2015 17:25:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Israel has expressed its willingness to assist Nigeria in fighting corruption and terrorism as well as in development of the agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Sudan: Council of political parties rejects call to ban Opposition Umma National Party
    06 april 2015 15:47:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Council for Political Parties Affairs has turned down a request by the powerful Sudanese intelligence agency to close down Sudan's largest opposition party, the National Umma Party (NUP), saying the call was not legally substantiated and capable of setting Sudanese politics against security. Full text...

  • Botswana: VP visits Malaysia
    06 april 2015 13:53:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, left here Monday for Malaysia on a five-day working visit, primarily focused on the exchange of information and policy issues, according to government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 20 opposition politicians arrested
    06 april 2015 11:30:21
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Police in Freetown on Sunday evening arrested and detained about twenty opposition politicians for unlawful gathering, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief disappointed at cancellation of meeting to establish Sudan National Dialogue
    05 april 2015 18:01:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the failure to hold the Sudanese pre-dialogue meeting in Addis Ababa because of the decision by the ruling National Congress Party and its allies not to attend. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: French Secretary for Development visits East Africa
    04 april 2015 10:20:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie Annick Girardin will visit three East Africa countries from 6-10 April in preparation for the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission President hails Nigeria over successful polls
    03 april 2015 13:10:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has congratulated Nigerians for the successful and peaceful conduct of the 28 March 2015 presidential and Federal Legislative elections. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-President Banda hails outgoing Nigerian leader
    03 april 2015 11:12:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda has described outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of defeat in the 28 March presidential election as a victory for African democracy. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Referendum on proposed constitution called off
    03 april 2015 11:02:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Authorities in Tanzania have finally yielded to opposition demand by calling off the national referendum on the proposed constitution, citing delay in the newly-introduced biometric voter registration (BVR). Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC slams university massacre
    03 april 2015 08:47:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday slammed the massacre at Kenya’s Garissa University where 147 people were killed by Somali Islamists on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Nigeria's ruling party congratulates Buhari, says it will protest election outcome
    02 april 2015 18:04:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday formally reacted to the outcome of Saturday's presidential election in which its candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan lost to the opposition candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, hinting that it would channel its protests against the outcome of the election through “appropriate quarters.” Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2005: President Hollande, Buhari hold talks on telephone
    02 april 2015 17:23:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President François Hollande on Thursday had a telephone conversation with Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and congratulated him on his victory. Full text...

  • US: American govt congratulates Nigerians on peaceful, successful polls
    02 april 2015 17:08:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has congratulated the people of Nigeria and the Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: German Chancellor urges Buhari to consolidate democracy in Nigeria
    02 april 2015 16:49:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday urged Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to consolidate the nation's democracy and improve its economy using the combined forces of all political camps in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: OIC congratulates Nigerians for successful presidential election
    02 april 2015 15:48:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, has congratulated Nigerians for a successful presidential election, saying that, "the election has further consolidated Nigeria’s nascent but vibrant democracy". Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Burkina Faso congratulates Jonathan for accepting defeat
    02 april 2015 14:03:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's interim government on Thursday congratulated Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, for accepting defeat in Saturday’s presidential election against opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Zambia President Lungu urges peaceful transition in Nigeria
    02 april 2015 13:01:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the newly elected President of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and pledged Zambia’s full support to the Nigerian democratic dispensation and the attendant quest for peace upon which the development of every nation is premised. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: EU Observer Mission says Jonathan is good exemple to the world
    01 april 2015 17:58:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Observer Mission for Nigeria's 2015 general elections Wednesday described President Goodluck Jonathan as a good example to the world for the transparent manner in which Saturday’s poll was held and his conceding to the election winner. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: President-elect seeks national reconciliation after rancorous campaign
    01 april 2015 17:20:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of a long drawn, acrimonious electioneering campaign, Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has embarked on a national reconciliation effort. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2005: French President Hollande congratulates Buhari on election
    01 april 2015 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President François Hollande has congratulated Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and praised the outcome of the presidential poll held Saturday in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: UN congratulates Buhari, praises Jonathan over elections
    01 april 2015 16:47:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The UN has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at last Saturday’s presidential poll and pledged to work closely with his government as it has done with Nigeria's previous administrations. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: President-elect hails ECOWAS, AU
    01 april 2015 16:30:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) for their commitment to the democratication process in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: UN chief congratulates Nigeria's President-elect Buhari, commends Nigerians
    01 april 2015 14:26:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has called Nigeria's President-elect Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AUC Chair congratulates Buhari, urges Nigerians to maintain unity
    01 april 2015 11:19:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed satisfaction at Wednesday's official announcement of the results on the presidential election in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: President-elect hails Jonathan, Nigerians
    01 april 2015 11:06:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, has commended Nigerians as well as the man he defeated in Saturday's presidential election, outgoing President Goodkuck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: CS Situation Room congratulates Nigerians, Buhari on election victory
    01 april 2015 10:33:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has congratulated the Nigerian people for turning out to vote during Nigeria’s national elections held on 28 March which produced Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as President-elect. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: PDP vows to challenge Buhari’s ‎victory at tribunal
    01 april 2015 10:17:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reeling from Saturday's defeat in the 2015 presidential election, has said it will challenge the outcome of the March 28 polls in court, the local PUNCH newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

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