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  • South African President Ramaphosa donates half his salary for Mandela initiative
    23 may 2018 16:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he will donate half of his salary this year to a new fund which will be launched to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's birth. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Rwigara
    23 may 2018 05:54:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has called for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara, who has been charged, alongside her mother and four other defendants, with “inciting insurrection”. Full text...

  • Burundi referendum marred by lack of transparency, says U.S. Government
    22 may 2018 17:53:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Burundi's May 17 constitutional referendum was marred by lack of transparency, suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters, according to a statement issued by U.S. State Department spokesperson, Ms Heather Nauert, and made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth, invites observers to July elections
    22 may 2018 09:04:56
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth it left in 2003 and has invited the grouping of former British colonies to send observers to its general elections set for July. Full text...

  • Libyans’ desire for ‘united and sovereign nation’ - UN representative
    21 may 2018 19:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Conversations taking place across Libya indicate that citizens are “yearning for a united and sovereign nation”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president Mahama poised to stage comeback in 2020
    20 may 2018 14:51:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, has dropped the clearest hint yet that he will contest his party's primaries to select a candidate for the 2020 presidential election. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa expresses condolences over Cuban aviation disaster
    19 may 2018 15:53:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday sent his condolences to the island nation of Cuba following a plane crash in the capital, Havana, on Friday that claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Full text...

  • US pledges more support for Rwanda's "Transformation Strategy" in various sectors
    18 may 2018 15:32:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly-appointed US ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Hendrick Vrooman, on Friday assured the Rwandan Government that his country was ready to help the East African country in accelerating "Transformation Strategy" across various sectors. Full text...

  • Mauritius expresses concern at violence on Israeli-Gaza border
    18 may 2018 13:40:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Government of Mauritius has expressed deep concern at the high level of casualties, including the number of injured, following violence on the Israeli-Gaza Border, a few days ago, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mandela's grandson rebukes 'apartheid' Israel
    17 may 2018 08:27:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has called for “apartheid Israel” to be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity following this week’s bloodbath which saw numerous protesting Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Full text...

  • Rights group says run-up to Burundi's referendum 'tainted by violence'
    17 may 2018 06:57:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - As the polls open on Thursday in a constitutional referendum in Burundi that could extend the president’s term in office, a human rights group has said the process leading to the vote has been severely marred by a government crackdown on freedom of expression Full text...

  • Somali President promises to deliver new constitution before 2020 elections
    16 may 2018 18:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A three-day gathering on a new constitution for Somalia ended on Wednesday in Mogadishu with assurance from President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ that the Horn of Africa country will have a new constitution ahead of schedule – before the end of next year. Full text...

  • Pretoria recalls ambassador from Israel
    15 may 2018 08:53:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador from Israel taking a strong stance against the killing of at least 58 Palestinians by Israeli armed forces on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari returns home
    11 may 2018 21:48:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returned home on Friday from London where he had an engagement with his doctor, the Presidency announced. Full text...

  • Ivorian, Malian, Burkina Prime Ministers to meet on joint project
    10 may 2018 09:36:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, will on Monday pay a friendly and working visit to Sikasso, in Mali, PANA learned from official source. Full text...

  • Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’– UN atomic energy chief
    09 may 2018 19:47:07
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments. Full text...

  • EU regrets US President Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal
    09 may 2018 17:19:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday deeply regretted the announcement by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Iran nuclear deal. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by US decision to exit Iran nuclear deal
    09 may 2018 05:58:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a decision on Tuesday by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the United Nations chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the move, and called on all parties to preserve the deal. Full text...

  • Cape Town mayor axed by her own party
    08 may 2018 15:50:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following months of deep divisions, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa on Tuesday confirmed that Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's membership of the party has been terminated with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari returns to London for medical treatment
    07 may 2018 21:18:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday undertake a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom, his spokesperson has said. Full text...

  • Africa Day to be celebrated at AfDB Annual Meetings in Busan
    07 may 2018 13:14:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - For the first time, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate Africa Day – the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), on May 25, 1963 – at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • Ethiopia PM due in Kenya for talks
    05 may 2018 13:00:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is expected in Kenya on Sunday for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on regional integration, peace and security, it was officially confirmed here on Saturday. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist attack on Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahmat has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli on 2 May 2018, in which over 14 people were killed and many more wounded, including the staff of the Election Commission and police officers. Full text...

  • EU appoints new head of EUCAP Sahel Niger mission
    04 may 2018 16:09:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday announced the appointment of Frank Van der Mueren, a Belgian senior police official, as new Head of the EU's civilian capacity building mission in Niger, EUCAP Sahel Niger. Full text...

  • New Botswana president visits Mauritius
    04 may 2018 09:05:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Botswana's new president, Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, paid a one-day visit to Mauritius on Thursday as part of a tour to meet with leaders in Southern African Development Community to strengthen bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Mozambique’s veteran opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama dies
    04 may 2018 05:52:54
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party and former rebel group, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), died on Thursday after an illness, party sources said. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts mid-year ordinary session of AU leaders
    03 may 2018 18:43:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will take place from 25 June to 2 July 2018 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the AU Commission announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts 4th African regional forum on sustainable development
    03 may 2018 16:22:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne on Thursday opened in Dakar the fourth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development focused on the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. Full text...

  • Afrikaner group seeks to drum up support in America
    03 may 2018 09:51:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The AfriForum organisation which represents the interests of South Africa's minority Afrikaans population has embarked on a tour to the United States to raise awareness about land reform reforms and the surge of attacks on white farmers. Full text...

  • AU gathers long-term election observers for capacity building workshop
    02 may 2018 11:37:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has brought together more than 30 Long-term Observers (LTOs) from across the region for an intensive capacity building seminar in response to emerging challenges associated with election observation as a tool for conflict prevention and consolidation of democracy in Africa. Full text...

  • OIC Secretary General condemns violence in northeast Mali
    02 may 2018 10:45:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Youssef Al-Othaimeen, on Wednesday condemned acts of violence perpetrated on 26-27 April by extremist groups in northeast Mali in which 40 people were killed. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa gets hero's welcome at May Day rally
    01 may 2018 16:35:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday received a hero's welcome at the country’s main May Day rally in Nelson Mandela Bay. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN mission in Western Sahara
    30 april 2018 04:45:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara until 31 October 2018, calling for a “realistic, practicable and enduring” political solution to end the decades‑old conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan, US talk on how to remove Sudan from terror list
    29 april 2018 19:47:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Mohamed Osman Rikkabi, on Sunday received the US Assistant Secretary of State at the Department of Treasury, Marshall Billingslea, with their discussions focusing on how to remove Sudan from the list of countries the US considers as sponsors of international terror. Full text...

  • Ivorian President Ouattara in Rwanda for 'Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend'
    27 april 2018 09:48:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire has arrived in Rwanda to participate in the "Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend," the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation held every year in a different African country to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts Indian Ocean Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security
    27 april 2018 06:39:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean will be held in Balaclava, northern Mauritius on 28-29 April 2018. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament 'worried about threats to parliamentary practice' in Sierra Leone
    26 april 2018 16:41:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday expressed worry about threats to parliamentary practice in Sierra Leone following developments in the just inaugurated Parliament. Full text...

  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities to prevent conflict
    26 april 2018 06:38:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Peacebuilding and sustaining peace require a more coherent United Nations strategy, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan, Chad presidents participate in border conference
    25 april 2018 22:39:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Debby took part in the closing session on Wednesday of a conference on development of States straddling their common border. Full text...

  • Lesotho Electoral Commission team visits ECONEC
    25 april 2018 15:45:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, its Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, as part the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition chief proposes three-tier governance system
    25 april 2018 14:44:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga, on Wednesday proposed a 3-tier system of government that seeks to retain the 47 devolved units and national government. Full text...

  • AfDB President graces Tanzania’s Union Day anniversary
    25 april 2018 10:12:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina will be a rare guest at this year’s Tanzanian Union Day celebrations on Thursday where he is scheduled to address a mass rally in the country’s new capital Dodoma. Full text...

  • Britain pledges support for Sudan’s removal from terrorism list
    25 april 2018 09:08:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Britain has pledged to support Sudan’s removal from US list of state sponsors of terrorism, at the end of the fifth meeting of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue held in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • World leaders gather at UN to renew commitment to build, sustain peace
    25 april 2018 04:51:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials urged a gathering of world leaders on Tuesday to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN’s work. Full text...

  • SADC presses DRC to stick to electoral calendar, ensure credible polls
    24 april 2018 19:31:20
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain committed to the implementation of the country’s electoral calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful credible elections, scheduled to take place on the 23 December 2018. Full text...

  • SADC Double Troika Summit convenes in Luanda
    24 april 2018 05:22:39
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is convening a Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the regional body on Tuesday in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to receive reports on the political and security situation in the region, the organisation’s secretariat has said. Full text...

  • Resurfacing violence in Zambia worries President Lungu
    23 april 2018 19:12:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expressed concern over political violence resurfacing in some parts of the country holding by-elections. Full text...

  • Tunisian PM calls on European Commission Chair in Brussels
    23 april 2018 18:30:14
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who is on a working visit to Brussels, on Monday held talks with the European Commission Chairman, Jean-Claude Juncker. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

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