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  • Senegal: MFWA says media must contribute to peaceful elections in Nigeria
    24 march 2015 15:57:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on all actors in the upcoming elections in Nigeria, especially the media, to be professional and responsible in the discharge of their duties to help ensure that the elections are conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Obama tasks Nigerians on free, fair and peaceful polls
    23 march 2015 20:43:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With five days to Nigeria's much-awaited elections, US President Barack Obama Monday challenged Nigerians to 'write the next chapter of Nigeria's progress' by voting in a free, fair and peaceful polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS chair meets with Jonathan, head of INEC
    23 march 2015 19:00:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman and Ghanaian President John Draman Mahma Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AU, Commonwealth deploy teams for monitoring Nigeria's elections
    23 march 2015 17:52:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With five days left before Nigeria’s presidential and federal parliamentary elections, the African Union (AU) and the Commonwealth on Monday announced full deployment of their observer missions for monitoring and reporting on the elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan pays tribute to "departed" ex-PM of Singapore
    23 march 2015 15:54:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the government of Singapore on the passing away of the founding father and former Prime Minister of the country, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Full text...

  • Libya: EU urges Libyans to speed formation of national unity government
    22 march 2015 18:06:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has urged the parties involved in the Libyan dialogue in Skhirat, Morocco, to quickly agree on a national unity government as a political solution to the crisis will provides a sustainable movement to a democratic transition. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt's al-Sissi criticizes 'double standard' of West in Libya
    22 march 2015 18:00:11
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has strongly criticized the attitude of the West which intervene militarily in countries but do not assume the consequences of their actions. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Deadline for collection of voter cards expires
    22 march 2015 16:37:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Barring any last minute extension of the deadline for the electorate to collect their biometric voter cards, registered voters must collect their cards on Sunday (22 March) or risk not being allowed to vote in next Saturday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: More condemnations trail VP's sack
    22 march 2015 16:31:44
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Condemnations have continued to trail last week's sack of Sierra Leone's Vice President (VP) Samuel Sam-Sumana by President Ernest Bai Koroma, which was the culmination of the long-drawn cold war between the two. Full text...

  • Algeria: Malian president begins two-day visit to Algeria
    22 march 2015 12:08:07
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, on Sunday began a two-day state visit to Algeria at the invitation of his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a communiqué issued by the Algerian presidency says. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Paris Mayor expresses French support to Tunisia
    22 march 2015 11:20:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Saturday urged French citizens to express their solidarity to Tunisia and laud its merits to overcome its challenges following last week's terrorist attack in the capital, Tunis. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF secretary general to visit Guinea
    22 march 2015 09:40:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, will begin a three-day visit to Guinea on Sunday during which she will meet various political stakeholders in the West African country, official sources said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Opposition raises alarm over planned arrest of its leaders
    21 march 2015 14:36:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With just seven days to Nigeria's staggered general elections, the country's main opposition party on Saturday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the central government to arrest its key leaders, including former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu who is the arrowhead of the nation's opposition. Full text...

  • Togo: Civil society deploys 1,200 observers for presidential election in Togo
    21 march 2015 14:34:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo's national civil society organisation (CNSC) will deploy 1,200 election observers around the country to ensure observance of the rules governing the 15 April 2015 presidential poll, officials of the grouping told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AU redeploys election observers to Nigeria
    21 march 2015 12:39:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the general elections in Nigeria, which were originally scheduled for 14 April but later postponed to 28 March 2015. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete attends inauguration of Namibian President Geingob
    21 march 2015 09:52:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrived in Windhoek, Namibia, late Friday for a three-day official visit, during which he will take part in the southern African nation's celebration of 25 years of independence and witness the inauguration of President Hage Gotrified Geingob. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Libya entering 'decisive moment' as parties resume peace talks
    20 march 2015 18:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon on Friday said negotiations between Libyan parties were entering a "decisive round" as continued fighting and the menace of terrorism cast a sense of urgency to the UN-facilitated talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory
    20 march 2015 13:57:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his victory in Tuesday’s general elections in Israel. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM applauds award on Chagos issue at Permanent Court of Arbitration
    20 march 2015 11:56:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth Friday said the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling, that unanimously held that the “marine protected area” which the United Kingdom (UK) purported to declare around the Chagos Archipelago in April 2010 violates international law, is an important milestone in his country's relentless struggle to exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Nigerian electoral body meets with poll observers
    19 march 2015 19:23:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of the forthcoming Nigerian presidential election, the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday met with all accredited local and foreign election observers and urged them to carry out their assignment in accordance with the country's laws and guidelines. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian govt rejects "new deals" on Algiers peace pre-agreement
    19 march 2015 18:42:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has "rejected any possibility to open new talks on the content of the pre-agreement proposed by the international mediation, following the refusal of the Coordination of armed movements (CMA) to sign it and called the mediation to take up its responsibilities as guarantee of the peace process," Mali's Minister of Digital Economy, Information and Communication, Choguël Kokala Maïga, said Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: Boost for opposition as US backs use of anti-rigging tool
    19 march 2015 13:07:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With less than 10 days to the first of two staggered elections in Nigeria, the US has expressed support for the use of the Card Reader, an anti-rigging measure that the country's opposition believes will make the polls free, fair and credible but which the ruling party opposes. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition accuses President Koroma of violating constitution over VP sack
    19 march 2015 09:21:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has accused President Ernest Bai Koroma of violating the country's constitution by sacking Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief says Nigeria electoral preparations on course
    18 march 2015 22:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, on Wednesday said Nigeria has made "noteworthy" progress in the preparations for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and states' elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS, ECCAS to hold summit on 7-8 April on Boko Haram
    18 march 2015 19:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The West and Central African regional blocs will hold a joint summit on 7-8 April to work out a common strategy against the Nigerian-based Boko Haram terrorist group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Foreign minister says Nigeria committed to "credible" polls
    18 march 2015 18:51:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With less than 10 days to Nigeria’s presidential election on 28 March, the nation’s top diplomat and security chief Wednesday assured the international community on the security and credibility of the polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral Commission rules out further suspension of Nigeria's general elections
    18 march 2015 18:30:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday ruled out further postponement of the rescheduled presidential and general elections slated for 28 March and 11 April respectively. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa addresses racism concerns in South African parliament
    18 march 2015 17:05:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday slammed the growing tide of racism and xenophobia in South Africa that continues to make headlines. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan appoints new Acting Executive Chair for FIRS
    18 march 2015 13:39:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the appointment of Mr. Samuel Ogungbesan as Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: VP sacked
    18 march 2015 08:56:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked his deputy, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana, in the culmination of the long-drawn frosty relations between the two, according to the State House. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso demands release of activist arrested in DR Congo
    17 march 2015 20:48:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The transitional government of Burkina Faso has asked DR Congo to release a Burkinabe activist who was arrested recently in Kinshasa for attending a workshop organised by a civil society organisation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma survives no confidence vote in Parliament
    17 march 2015 20:14:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma was shot down by the ruling African National Congress in Parliament on Tuesday following a furious debate over Zuma’s competence. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief congratulates new PM of Lesotho
    17 march 2015 16:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated Lesotho's newly appointed Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili who assumed his new responsibilities Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Speaker joins opposition party ahead of polls
    17 march 2015 12:30:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a boost ahead of the 28 March elections, after a former Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower parliament) joined its ranks, dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS deploys more long-term election observers in Nigeria
    17 march 2015 10:06:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With 11 addition observers joining the six who were earlier deployed, ECOWAS has now fully deployed its 17-member Long-Term Election Observation Mission (LTEOM) to monitor Nigeria’s elections slated for 28 March and 11 April, the regional bloc announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief visits Nigeria ahead of elections
    16 march 2015 22:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, on Monday arrived in Nigeria for a two-day visit aimed at conveying UN's support and solidarity with the country ahead of the general elections starting on 28 March. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU organises international fund-raising conference for Guinea Bissau
    16 march 2015 19:30:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will on 25 March hold an international conference in Brussels for raising funds to finance development programmes in Guinea Bissau, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: VP denies resignation report
    16 march 2015 17:43:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's Vice President Sam Sumana has denied claims by former Vice President Solomon Berewa that he (Sumana) planned to resign, following the frosty relations between him and the President. Full text...

  • UN: ICC reiterates call against violence in Nigeria's elections
    16 march 2015 17:01:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament reinstates suspended minister
    16 march 2015 14:21:08
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – Overruling Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni, the Libyan Parliament on Sunday reinstated Omar al-Soukni as minister of the interim Libyan government, parliamentary sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Soldiers storm VP's home, disarm his body guards
    14 march 2015 12:38:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Presidential guards Saturday stormed the residence of Vice President Sam Sumana and disarmed all his body guards, the VP told PANA here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to open diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia
    14 march 2015 06:02:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will soon open a resident diplomatic mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan denies speaking with Morrocan King, orders investigation
    13 march 2015 18:21:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the diplomatic spat between Nigerian and Morocco escalating, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, admitted Friday that he did not speak on telephone with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, as claimed last week by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ordering a full investigation into the scandal. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Constitutional council Chief urges respect for transitional charter
    13 march 2015 15:41:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The new president of the Burkina Faso constitutional council, Kassoum Kambou, has urged the different political stakeholders to respect the country's constitution, as the West African nation prepares to hold presidential elections in October, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Belgium: Senior EU representative visits Egypt
    13 march 2015 15:22:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Senior European Union (EU) representative on foreign policy and common security (PESC), Mrs Federica Mogherini, Thursday begun a visit to Egypt where she will attend the Conference for economic development in the country which opened on Friday, according to an EU communique. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Religious leaders warn ruling party over VP's expulsion
    13 march 2015 14:10:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The inter-religious council of Sierra Leone, comprising Christian and Muslims, have cautioned the country's political leadership to keep the peace and save the country from further chaos. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM wants corruption-free nation
    13 march 2015 10:17:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - In a message to the people of Mauritius on the country's National Day that was celebrated Thursday, Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has expressed his determination to make Mauritius "a country free of corruption.'' Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts caution Nigeria, Morocco over diplomatic spat
    13 march 2015 09:46:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Political and international relations experts have cautioned the Nigerian and Moroccan governments not to allow the ongoing diplomatic spat between them to degenerate and possibly impede the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. restates non-cooperation posture to ICC, its decisions
    12 march 2015 18:18:10
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) -Sudan on Thursday renewed its position of non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying resorting to the UN Security Council for help therein would not frighten Khartoum either. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean is on top of India’s priority - Indian PM
    12 march 2015 13:07:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the Indian Ocean region is at the top of his country’s priority. Full text...

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