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  • Pretoria addresses turmoil in Kenya and Zimbabwe
    16 january 2019 12:12:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the terror attack on a Nairobi hotel “in the strongest possible terms” and said, "South Africa extends its condolences to the bereaved and wishes those injured a speedy recovery." Full text...

  • Malian president in Guinea to attend the Waqf conference
    16 january 2019 11:24:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta arrived in Conakry on Tuesday to attend the Waqf conference which opens on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU to deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary poll
    16 january 2019 10:04:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary election to be held from 16 February to 2 March, a communiqué from the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security (CFSP), Mrs Federica Mogherini, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President of Italian Council calls on Nigerien head of state
    16 january 2019 09:57:13
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The president of the Italian council, Giuseppe Conte, on his first official visit to Niamey, met on Tuesday evening, with the Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufou. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President slams moves urging him to seek re-election for 3rd term
    15 january 2019 20:10:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Head of State, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has ordered a halt to moves to review the country's constitution and allow him stand for election in 2019, according to a statement by the Presidency's services, made public on Tuesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Laurent Gbagbo's acquittal rejigs Ivorian political scene (Analysis by TALL Mamadou)
    15 january 2019 19:33:49
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The acquittal and release of former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, on Tuesday by Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will mark the return, through the widest door, to the political scene of a prominent figure whose fate has suffered a severe blow after the controversial presidential election of November 2010. Full text...

  • ICC acquits Gbagbo and Blé Goudé from all charges
    15 january 2019 12:41:29
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday acquitted former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé, an Ivorian politician, from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister to visit Niger and Chad
    15 january 2019 12:07:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte begins a two-nation African tour on Tuesday that will take him to Niger and Chad, his first visit to these countries, according to a diplomatic source in Rome. Full text...

  • Gabonese prime minister reshuffles government
    15 january 2019 11:54:31
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Gabonese Prime Minister, Julien Nkoghe Bekale, on Monday reshuffled the government, just days after a botched coup attempt to oust President Ali Bongo. Full text...

  • Tunisian foreign minister to visit Spain
    15 january 2019 10:27:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian foreign minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, begins a working visit to Spain on Tuesday at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Josep Borrell, a communique from the Tunisian foreign ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Tunisian President warns against Thursday's general strike
    14 january 2019 20:43:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi on Monday warned of the dangers that could result from the general strike that the country's trade union, UGTT (Union générale des travailleurs tunisiens) intends to observe on Thursday. Full text...

  • DRC President-elect non-committal amid calls for unity government
    14 january 2019 18:09:05
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President-elect, Felix Tshisekedi, has remained non-committal amid calls for the opening of negotiations with his main rival, Martin Fayulu, on the possibility of forming a national unity government to stabilize the mineral-rich country. Full text...

  • Libya demands Lebanon's position on 'participation' in Arab summit
    14 january 2019 16:20:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Government of National Accord on Sunday called on the Lebanese government "to urgently clarify" its position on Libya's participation in the Arab summit on economic and social development scheduled for January 19-20 in Lebanon, including the attitude of hostility it suffered. Full text...

  • Tunisians mark eighth anniversary of 2011 Revolution
    14 january 2019 16:05:44
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisians on Monday marked the eighth anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising and the flight of former President Zine Abedine Ben Ali, in a climate marked by social tension and a strong sense of despair over the deteriorating economic, social and political situation in the country. Full text...

  • EU demands publication of DRC election results from each local compilation centre
    14 january 2019 15:51:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo to "publish the minutes of each local results compilation centre," according to a European official statement released on Monday . Full text...

  • Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea aim at cooperation in tourism development
    14 january 2019 14:39:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea on Monday signed three agreements on political and mutual diplomatic consultations as well as investment in the tourism sector after the presidents of the two countries concluded bilateral talks in Kigali. Full text...

  • Five candidates shortlisted for Senegalese presidential election
    14 january 2019 13:48:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Constitutional Court on Monday in Dakar published the provisional list of five candidates for Senegal's 2019 presidential election, the first round of which is scheduled for 24 February. Full text...

  • Malian President participates in Sustainable Development Week in Abu Dhabi
    14 january 2019 12:14:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is participating in the Sustainable Development Week that opened on Monday in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, official sources have told PANA in Bamako. Full text...

  • UN chief in Libya reiterates determination to resolve crisis
    14 january 2019 11:48:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has said that the UN support mission does not want to extent the Libyan crisis nor compromise the organization of elections planned for this year. Full text...

  • Libya to boycott Arab League summit in Lebanon
    14 january 2019 10:36:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will not take part in the Arab League summit on economic and social development scheduled for 19-20 January in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, because of the hostility of some Lebanese political forces against its presence. Full text...

  • Libyan Presidential Council vice presidents warn Fayez al-Sarraj
    13 january 2019 16:39:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three Vice Presidents of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accordy have accused the Council's President Fayez al-Sarraj of monopolizing crucial decisions, signalling a break down at the moment when the initiative of the two Assemblies to restructure the Presidential Council seems to be stalling. Full text...

  • Benin and Togo want to expand their continental shelf
    13 january 2019 15:24:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin and Togo are pledging to formalize their joint submission to extend their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, according to official sources on Sunday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Zambian President calls for Government of National Unity in DRC
    13 january 2019 14:04:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has urged political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to consider forming a Government of National Unity in light of disputed election results. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military to probe civilian killings near border with Sudan
    12 january 2019 19:52:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Ethiopian Defence Forces have pledged a probe the killing of at least seven people and the wounding of 15 others in the West Gondar region, near the Ethiopian border with Sudan, after an outcry by party officials in the region, a top military commander said on Saturday. Full text...

  • DRC opposition leader Fayulu challenges election result
    12 january 2019 17:55:46
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – DR Congo opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has moved to the Constitutional Court to file a complaint about the result of the 30 December election, which showed him losing to Felix Tshisekedi, who was presumed the winner. Full text...

  • Mozambican president to be chief guest at anniversary of abolition of slavery in Mauritius
    12 january 2019 15:01:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi would be the Chief Guest at activities to mark the 184th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Mauritius to be commemorated on 1 February. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa delivers ruling party's 2019 election manifesto
    12 january 2019 14:04:06
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday told 85,000 supporters that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost its way and is determined to forge a new path for the benefit of all South Africans. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition coalition postpones anti-gov't march to 26 January
    12 january 2019 12:52:02
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - Togo's coalition of 14 opposition political parties has postponed demonstrations to denounce the "electoral power grab" planned for 12 January to 26 January in order to give it a "national character", according to a communique it issued in Lomé on Saturday. Full text...

  • ICGLR urges DR Congo's political actors to remain calm
    12 january 2019 10:26:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso and current president of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on Friday urged political actors and civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to remain calm following the controversy generated by the declaration of Felix Tshisekedi as winner of the 30 December presidential election. Full text...

  • La Francophonie's head calls for restraint after announcement of election results in DR Congo
    11 january 2019 14:22:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Secretary General of the world community of French-speaking countries, known as La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo on Friday called on the stakeholders in the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to maintain a peaceful climate after provisional results were released on Thursday. Full text...

  • SADC welcomes release of DRC provisional election result; calls for calm
    11 january 2019 13:19:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has welcomed the release of the provisional election result in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and congratulated the citizens, Government, political stakeholders and Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for conducting the vote. Full text...

  • Belgium calls for calm in DR Congo after controversial election
    11 january 2019 13:04:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Ryenders on Thursday called for calm in DR Congo following the declaration of the result of the 30 December presidential election and asked those who disagree with it to resort to the legal means prescribed by the Constitution. Full text...

  • Tunisian parliament amends anti-terrorism law
    11 january 2019 12:48:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Parliament on Thursday adopted a new law in its fight against terrorism and money laundering. Full text...

  • Arab League chief, UN envoy in Libya discuss Libyan crisis
    11 january 2019 12:34:59
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abou el-Gheit, and the UN special envoy in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, on Thursday examined the latest developments in Libya and efforts by their respective organisations to find solution to the crisis in the North African country, a communiqué issued by the League’s spokesperson, Mahmoud Affifi, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt hails 'successful' DR Congo election
    11 january 2019 12:12:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has hailed the "successful" presidential election in DR Congo which the Electoral Commission said on Thursday was won by opposition leader Félix Tshisekedi. Full text...

  • Gambian cabinet discusses infrastructural works in Banjul
    11 january 2019 11:13:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian cabinet, at its first meeting for this year, deliberated on infrastructural works in Banjul, including rehabilitation and construction of the road network and sewage, according to Amie Bojang Sissoho, the Director of Press and Public Relations. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa yet to congratulate Tshisekedi on poll victory
    11 january 2019 10:56:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has noted the provisional result of DRC presidential poll but has yet to congratulate Felix Tshisekedi who was named the winner. Full text...

  • African 'Matonge' district of Brussels in high spirits following Tshisekedi's victory in DRC
    10 january 2019 18:32:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - All cafés, bars, dance halls, shops, tropical grocery stores, hairdressers and other leisure centres in Matongé, Brussels' African district, were filled with cries of joy on Thursday to greet the opposition's victory in DR Congo's presidential election. Full text...

  • ‘Refrain from violence’ UN chief urges, as presidential election result is announced in DR Congo
    10 january 2019 18:13:23
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following Thursday's announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election. Full text...

  • IOC welcomes Rajoelina’s election as Madagascar president
    10 january 2019 18:06:13
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) on Thursday congratulated Andry Nirina Rajoelina on his election as Madagascar president, as confirmed on 8 January 2019 by the Constitutional Court. Full text...

  • al-Sarraj's visits Malta, discusses bilateral cooperation
    10 january 2019 12:28:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday held talks in the Maltese capital, La Valette, with the country’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, on strengthening their bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • UN envoy reiterates Action Plan to solve Libyan crisis
    10 january 2019 10:47:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations envoy in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has said that the UN Action Plan, worked out in coordination and consultation with the Libyan parties, will lead to parliamentary elections, a referendum on the constitution and finally to presidential elections before the end of this year. Full text...

  • Armed insurgency in north-east Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
    10 january 2019 07:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting “grave concern” from the United Nations envoy there, according to a UN statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ICC trial Chamber set to rule on ex-Ivorian president's freedom bid
    10 january 2019 07:31:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial chamber will deliver a ruling on motions by former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ble Goude, known as the street general, seeking temporary release from detention a no case to answer, the court said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • LEAD: DRC opposition leader wins presidential elections
    10 january 2019 07:26:41
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Felix Tshisekedi, the leader of the largest Democratic Republic of Congo opposition party, has won the presidential election with 38.57% of the vote, beating two rivals, Martin Fayulu, who scored 34.84% and the ruling party's candidate, Emmanuel Shadary, with 23.84%, the Electoral Commission announced in Kinshasa on Thursday. Full text...

  • Opposition leader Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential election
    10 january 2019 07:01:35
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won DR Congo's controversial 30 December presidential election, beating another opposition leader Martin Fayulu to second place with the the candidate of President Joseph Kabila, coming a distant third. Full text...

  • UN congratulates Puntland region’s newly-elected president
    09 january 2019 19:53:22
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected president of Puntland, Somalia’s semi-autonomous region in the country’s north east. Full text...

  • Belgian university honours Mauritanian anti-slavery activist
    09 january 2019 18:25:36
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid will be awarded the Doctor honoris causa degree on 4 February by the prestigious Catholic University of Louvain, it was announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • France congratulates new Malagasy President
    09 january 2019 17:36:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French government through its Foreign Ministry "warmly" congratulated Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina on his election after the proclamation on Tuesday of the final results of the presidential election by the High Constitutional Court, and wished him all the best while assuring him of its support to help him in his new tasks. Full text...

  • Diplomatic corps reaffirm support to Burkina Faso in fight against terrorism
    09 january 2019 13:13:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Members of the diplomatic corps have reaffirmed the commitment of their countries and organisations to support Burkina Faso's development and the fight against terrorism. Full text...

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