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  • International poll observers meet ahead of Sierra Leone poll result
    01 april 2018 15:39:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday ahead of the announcement of official results of Sierra Leone's closely-watched March 31 presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • Smooth transfer of leadership, as Botswana celebrate new dawn
    01 april 2018 10:28:53
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana continues to be a beacon of democracy on the African continent, as the country swore in its fifth President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi. Full text...

  • Vote counting under way in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    31 march 2018 18:34:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ballots are being counted in Sierra Leone after the official end of voting at 5 pm (GMT) in the West African country's rescheduled presidential run-off election on Saturday. Full text...

  • Voting ends in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off election
    31 march 2018 17:12:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have officially closed in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Polls open in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off vote
    31 march 2018 10:54:57
    Freetown, SiedrraLeone (PANA) - Voting kicked off slowly on Saturday in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since its independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off vote
    31 march 2018 07:03:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 voters are expected to cast their ballots in a presidential run-off election that pits the ruling All People's Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Samura Kamara, against the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) counterpart, Brig.-Gen. (Retired) Julius Maada Bio. Full text...

  • Electoral Commission says Sierra Leone ready for Saturday's run-off vote
    30 march 2018 17:17:06
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has affirmed its readiness to conduct the Presidential run-off election on 31 March. Full text...

  • Their 15-year mission a success, UN peacekeepers depart a stable and grateful Liberia (A UN Feature)
    30 march 2018 05:04:54
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia formally ceases operations on Friday after aiding the West African nation’s transition from ravaging civil war to a hopeful era of peace. Full text...

  • 'Member States’ support essential for an effective UN'
    30 march 2018 05:02:19
    New York, US (PANA) - After nearly six years as the United Nations political chief, Jeffrey Feltman on Thursday spoke to the press for the last time as the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spotlighting the importance of multilateralism and the support of UN Member countries for the Organization’s vital work. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers deploy for Sierra Leone's presidential vote
    29 march 2018 14:57:30
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Forty-five members of the ECOWAS Observation Mission, led by Prof Amos Sawyer, were deployed to their areas of assignment on Thursday, ahead of Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election on 31 March. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election observation chief calls for peaceful vote in Sierra Leone
    28 march 2018 15:43:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS Observation Mission, has appealed to Sierra Leoneans to persevere through successful completion of the crucial electoral process as they go to the polls on 31 March to elect the country’s fifth president. Full text...

  • Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF picks new chair
    28 march 2018 09:28:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – After a week-long deliberation, the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has elected Abiy Ahmed Aliy, chair of Oromo Peoples Democratic Organiation (OPDO), its new head to take over from outgoing Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported late Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU Commission chief meets with Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz
    27 march 2018 19:00:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday met with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the presidential palace in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian news agency (AMP) reported. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone election observation chiefs meet dev't partners
    27 march 2018 17:12:01
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Election Observation Missions met with representatives of development partners in Freetown Tuesday to synergise support for successful and credible presidential run-off vote in Sierra Leone on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritania's opposition coalition wants mutual electoral process
    27 march 2018 11:32:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian opposition coalition, National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), on Tuesday called for consultations on the electoral process and warned against the unilateral method currently being implemented by the government. Full text...

  • IGAD raises concern over political tension buildup in Somalia
    27 march 2018 09:05:10
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed concern over “the evolving new political tension in Somalia which threat to derail the significant progress registered in the past year.” Full text...

  • UPDATE: Sierra Leoneans go to run-off presidential poll 31 March
    26 march 2018 22:26:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone’s presidential run-off was on Monday pushed forward to Saturday 31 March following an agreement by the two political parties and the National Electoral Commission (NEC), at a meeting facilitated by Heads of International Observers. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans go to run-off presidential poll 31 March
    26 march 2018 19:57:18
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  • South Sudan’s opposition leader for relocation in far-off country
    26 march 2018 19:15:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar should be released from house arrest as soon as possible, on conditions that ensure he will renounce violence and not obstruct the peace process in the war-ravaged young African nation, according to a decision announced on Monday by the Ministerial Conference of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Full text...

  • Meeting to set new date for Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    26 march 2018 19:12:03
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of international observation missions met in Freetown on Monday with Sierra Leone's two presidential candidates and National Election Commission (NEC) officials led by its chairman Mohamed N'fah-Alie Conteh, on the way forward for the presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Freetown court vacates interim injunction on presidential runoff
    26 march 2018 16:15:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Freetown High Court on Monday vacated the interim injunction on Sierra Leone's presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Freetown court vacates interim injunction on presidential runoff
    26 march 2018 15:23:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Freetown High Court has vacated the interim injunction on Sierra Leone's presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • UN chief urges greater protection for Organization’s staff
    26 march 2018 06:09:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Drawing attention to the dangers United Nations personnel face while serving the world’s most vulnerable, Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater protection for the Organization’s staff to allow them to carry out their mission safely. Full text...

  • ECOWAS concerned about Sierra Leone poll injunction
    26 march 2018 06:04:02
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has noted with concern the interim injunction issued by a High Court last Saturday restraining the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone from proceeding with preparations for the 27 March presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • AU deploys short-term observers to 26-28 March presidential election in Egypt
    25 march 2018 13:56:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government and National Election Authority in Egypt, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has approved the deployment of a team of 40 Short-Term election observers to the Presidential election in Egypt, scheduled for 26-28 March, 2018. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Sierra Leone High Court stops presidential runoff (Adds reaction of Electoral Commission)
    24 march 2018 19:57:12
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's presidential run-off scheduled for next Tuesday has been thrown into doubt as the High Court in Freetown has ordered a halt to the vote pending hearing of a petition filed by a lawyer over alleged malpractices during the first round on 7 March. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Sierra Leone EC 'ceases all logistical preparation' for runoff vote
    24 march 2018 19:56:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Saturday said it has ceased all preparations for next Tuesday's presidential runoff vote after it received official notice of the injunction against the conduct of the election. Full text...

  • Breaking: Sierra Leone High Court stops presidential runoff
    24 march 2018 16:26:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A High Court in Freetown on Saturday ordered a halt to Sierra Leone's March 27 presidential run-off vote pending hearing of a petition by a private lawyer over alleged malpractices during the inconclusive March 7 General Elections, legal sources said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President calls for peaceful Sierra Leone vote
    24 march 2018 13:44:26
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Brou has commended Sierra Leoneans for the peaceful conduct of 7 March 2018 general elections, and called for the successful completion of the electoral process with presidential run-off vote scheduled for 27 March. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers US$1 million support to G5 Sahel joint force
    23 march 2018 13:14:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is current Chairperson of the African Union, for his country’s contribution of one million US dollars in support of the operationalization of the G5 Sahel joint force. Full text...

  • Gambian opposition leader faults gov’t over treatment of Gambian deportees
    23 march 2018 09:29:01
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - The leader and Secretary General of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) party has blamed the government for the manner in which Gambians are being deported from the United States and Europe, arguing they fall short of human rights and international laws. Full text...

  • President Barrow returns home from AFCFTA Summit
    23 march 2018 08:55:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Thursday returned home from Kigali, Rwanda, after attending the 10th Extraordinary Summit of African Union where African leaders signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) agreement. Full text...

  • Chadian government fails Habre’s victims, says rights groups
    23 march 2018 06:51:56
    Ndjamena, Chad (PANA) – The Chadian government has yet to provide court-ordered reparations to 7,000 victims of grave crimes under the rule of former dictator Hissène Habré, four human rights groups have said. Full text...

  • UN mission will leave Liberia with great potential for lasting stability – UN deputy chief
    23 march 2018 06:18:45
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - As part of her visit to Liberia Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, celebrated the successful closure of the UN mission there, which she said set the stage for sustained peace in the months and years ahead. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean president Koroma pledges peaceful transition
    23 march 2018 06:02:21
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma received the new President of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECOWAS) Commission Jean-Claude Brou at the State House on Thursday and reiterated his commitment to peaceful transfer of power through a credible election. Full text...

  • Australia fuels diplomatic spat with South Africa
    22 march 2018 18:33:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic spat between South Africa and Australia continues to grow after a senior Australian minister on Thursday refused to backtrack on his efforts to allow white South African farmers to emigrate to the island nation. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone electoral body trains staff ahead of runoff vote
    22 march 2018 17:53:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone is carrying out cascade retraining of its staff for the delivery of successful and credible presidential run-off election on 27 March. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elections chief warns police against interference in presidential run-off
    22 march 2018 07:59:06
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has criticised the Sierra Leonean police for apparent interference in the the presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • UN envoy warns of 'vicious cycle' in Libya
    22 march 2018 05:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya’s shaky financial position, looming humanitarian crisis and the inability of State authorities to provide services have created a “vicious cycle” where groups with vested interests are trying to step in and undermine the Government, the United Nations envoy to the north African warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says there can be no free elections in current climate in Libya
    21 march 2018 16:34:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A human rights group said on Wednesday that the United Nations should urge the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in Libya and competing authorities in the east of the country to create conditions conducive to a free and fair vote before rushing to hold general elections in 2018. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit
    21 march 2018 11:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali. Full text...

  • Lawyer seeks to stop Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    21 march 2018 05:35:55
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean lawyer has filed a petition before the country’s High Court in Freetown, seeking an injunction to suspend the 27 March presidential run-off election between the candidates of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the ruling All People's Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Church pleads for renewal of MONUSCO mandate in DR Congo
    20 march 2018 18:46:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A clergy coordination committee (CLC), a non-religious organisation of the Roman Catholic Church in DR Congo, has asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to renew the mandate of the UN Mission for DRC stabilisation (MONUSCO) and to significantly strengthen its role in the electoral process. Full text...

  • Buhari congratulates Russian President Putin on re-election
    20 march 2018 18:31:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Tuesday extended his “sincere congratulations” to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election. Full text...

  • Buhari congratulates Chancellor Merkel on her re-election
    20 march 2018 18:27:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her re-election for another term. Full text...

  • European Union Commissioner on working visit to Tunisia
    20 march 2018 16:30:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, begins a working visit to Tunisia on Wednesday during which he will have an audience with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on advancement of the country's priority reforms. Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for Rwanda
    20 march 2018 10:20:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday left Banjul for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the extraordinary session of the African Union. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone EC hosts political parties ahead of presidential run-off
    20 march 2018 08:46:23
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone on Monday hosted a meeting of the Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) for a postmortem on the 7 March general elections and to map out collective measures to improve the conduct of the presidential run-off vote on 27 March. Full text...

  • FM says Gambia has not signed deportation agreement with EU
    19 march 2018 13:12:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has not signed a deportation agreement with the European Union (EU) to bring back failed asylum seekers, foreign affairs minister, Ousainou Darboe, told lawmakers in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • South African Ramaphosa salutes Xi Jinping
    18 march 2018 18:07:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election at the 13th National People’s Congress. Full text...

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