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  • EU calls for early elections in Libya
    16 october 2018 10:27:32
    Luxemburg, Luxemburg (PANA) - The senior European Union representative for foreign policy and security, Federica Mogherini, on Monday said there is the need to hold elections in Libya "as soon as possible". Full text...

  • ECONEC advocates cost-effective election management in West Africa
    16 october 2018 04:55:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has called on electoral management bodies (EMBs) in the region to reappraise election funding towards making the electoral process more cost-effective but at the same time, free, fair and credible. Full text...

  • South African Opposition slams Pretoria over porous borders
    15 october 2018 15:27:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Monday expressed grave concern at South Africa’s porous borders, saying it is having profound consequences on the efforts against cross-border crime such as human and drug trafficking and is fueling xenophobia. Full text...

  • Zambian Opposition UPND calls on MPs to reject 2019 Budget presented to Parliament
    15 october 2018 14:20:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), has appealed to all Members of Parliament (MPs) to reject the 2019 national budget presented recently by Finance Minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe. Full text...

  • Pierre Kompagny, Belgian of Congolese origin, elected mayor of Ganshoren in Belgium
    15 october 2018 14:11:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Pierre Kompagny, father of Vincent Kompagny, the best player in the Belgian national football team, the Red Devils, was elected mayor of the commune of Ganshoren (25,000 inhabitants) in Brussels during Sunday's local elections in Belgium. Full text...

  • Arab League chief, UN envoy in Libya confer on Libyan crisis
    15 october 2018 10:22:52
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abu el-Gheit, on Sunday discussed the latest political and security situation in Libya with the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé. Full text...

  • Eritrean President begins state tour of Ethiopia
    14 october 2018 08:55:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki has arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, for an official visit, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Somalia condemns Baidoa twin bomb blast
    14 october 2018 06:44:04
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia has condemned the Baidoa terror attack on Saturday that killed 18 people and wounded 40 others. Full text...

  • Kenyan manhunt for Al Shabaab operative behind terror attack in North Eastern region
    13 october 2018 18:25:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security forces are continuing with a manhunt for an Al Shabaab operative from Somalia, who was behind this week's terror attack against teachers in the North Eastern region, Police said Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, INEC discuss preparations for Nigeria's 2019 polls
    13 october 2018 14:00:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Commission has met with the leadership of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discuss preparations for the country’s 2019 general elections and how to step Full text...

  • Italian PM promises comprehensive effort to address migration in Africa
    13 october 2018 08:40:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has pledged to work with the African Union in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwandan foreign minister Mushikiwabo elected secretary-general of la Francophonie
    12 october 2018 19:53:22
    Erevan, Armenia (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo is the new secretary-general of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIC), a group of French-speaking countries, the organisation said on Friday. Full text...

  • South African Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha dead at 86
    12 october 2018 07:51:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha who joined the African National Congress following the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, died at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Friday. He was 86. Full text...

  • DRC's electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy
    12 october 2018 06:26:47
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain on course, but still face “major challenges”, including violence from armed groups in the country’s east, the top United Nations official in the country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrives in Armenia for OIF summit
    10 october 2018 13:43:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, on Wednesday arrived in Yerevan, Armenia, to participate in the 17th Francophonie Heads of State Summit which is scheduled from 11-12 October in the Eastern European nation, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • African Union calls for restraint after Cameroonian Presidential vote
    10 october 2018 13:37:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is closely following events in Cameroon, where an opposition party declared victory in the 7 October Presidential elections. Full text...

  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan woman over alleged 'spying'
    10 october 2018 10:56:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan woman, Florence Uwimana, has been detained in Burundi's Central Province of Gitega for the past three weeks for allegedly spying, the local Rwandan media reported on Wednesday in Kigali quoting a senior local administrative official in Burundi. Full text...

  • India, Nigeria to sign MoU on counter-terrorism
    09 october 2018 18:44:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – India and Nigeria would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding MoU) on Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, visiting Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mobashar Jawed Akbar said in Abuja on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa finance minister resigns over State Capture scandal
    09 october 2018 16:32:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene who has been implicated in the State Capture scandal. Full text...

  • Traditional Chief wants Gambia’s colonial law reviewed
    08 october 2018 13:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Demba Sanyang, a traditional chief in The Gambia, has called for a review of the country’s over-century-old District Tribunal Act which was developed by colonial administration. Full text...

  • Estonian PM ends Malian visit
    08 october 2018 12:08:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Estonian Prime Minister, Juri Ratas, on Sunday completed a two-day official visit to Mali during which he met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita with their talks relating to security and development. Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj makes mini cabinet reshuffle
    08 october 2018 10:33:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The president of Libya's internationally-recognised government, Fzyez al-Sarraj, on Sunday announced a mini cabinet reshuffle that affected the ministries of interior, finance and economy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages Nigerian political stakeholders on conflict-free 2019 elections
    08 october 2018 09:07:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The second of five workshops planned by the ECOWAS Commission for Nigerian political actors and civil society groups on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts opens on Tuesday in Benin City, capital of Edo State, in the south-south geo-political zone. Full text...

  • UN Security Council says DRC's December polls are ‘historic opportunity’
    07 october 2018 04:57:36
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Saturday wrapped up a two-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the body’s 15 members pledged to support the process in the run-up to long-delayed elections, set for late December, and called for the polls to be credible and peaceful. Full text...

  • 'Election of Rwanda's Mushikiwabo will enhance economic development in Francophone Africa'
    06 october 2018 19:51:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African experts say the economies of French-speaking African countries will improve if Rwandese Louise Mushikiwabo is elected to head the Association of French-speaking nations "La Francophonie" across the world. Full text...

  • Local chief seeks presidential term limit in new Gambia
    06 october 2018 14:03:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Momodou Sailu Bah, the head of Basse Town in the Upper River Region of the Gambia, has proposed the inclusion of two-term limit for the presidency in the country’s new constitution that is about to be reviewed. Full text...

  • Rwandan govt critic released to limited freedom pending trial
    05 october 2018 20:01:11
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  • AUC Chair commends Gambian leader on democracy, good governance
    05 october 2018 13:42:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has commended Gambian President, Adama Barrow, for significantly consolidating the values of democracy, good governance, and peace and security in The Gambia. Full text...

  • ECONEC, OSIWA strengthening cooperation to consolidate democracy in West Africa
    05 october 2018 13:36:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) have reaffirmed their commitment to the pursuit of credible elections towards aimed at consolidating democracy in the region. Full text...

  • UN chief urges peaceful, free and fair elections in Cameroon
    05 october 2018 05:23:45
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Cameroon, as the country prepares to hold presidential elections this coming Sunday. Full text...

  • African Union Commission Chief concludes 1st phase of West African tour
    04 october 2018 13:51:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As part of his regular interactions with the Heads of State and Government of Member States, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) , Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Wednesday concluded a two-day visit to Senegal, the first phase of his visit to West Africa. Full text...

  • US First Lady ends Ghana visit
    04 october 2018 07:04:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump, left Accra early on Thursday morning after a two-day visit to Ghana on the first leg of a four-nation African tour that will also take her to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Full text...

  • British think-tank slates debate on Somalia's fragile political transition
    03 october 2018 18:58:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Britain's royal political and economic think-tank, Chatham House, has invited Somalia's former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on 16 Oct. to speak about the Horn of Africa nation's ongoing political transition. Full text...

  • AU Chairperson expected in Banjul on Wednesday
    03 october 2018 07:56:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), will arrive in Banjul on Wednesday for a two-day visit at the head of a six-man delegation during which he will meet Gambian President Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Somali President's popularity rating drops to 67% on economic woes
    02 october 2018 17:57:56
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's popularity rating has dropped by a massive 19% to 67% within one year, according to a new opinion poll conducted by Ipsos and Farsight Africa Research. Full text...

  • Nigeria ready to help in stabilizing South Sudan
    02 october 2018 17:35:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that Nigeria is prepared to help South Sudan stabilize politically and economically. Full text...

  • US First Lady interacts with mothers, infants at Accra hospital
    02 october 2018 17:31:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - US First Lady Melania Trump, who arrived in Accra on Tuesday for a 2-day visit on the first leg of a four-nation Africa tour, has visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital where she made some donations and interacted with mothers and children. Full text...

  • Mali's president in Conakry for 60th anniversary of Guinea's independence
    02 october 2018 11:08:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, is in Conakry to attend Tuesday's festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the independence of Guinea, official sources have told PANA. Full text...

  • US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Ghana for first Africa visit
    02 october 2018 10:43:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Accra on Tuesday morning for a 2-day visit on the first leg of a four-nation Africa tour that will also take her to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Full text...

  • Gambian traditional chief prefers ministers picked from parliament
    01 october 2018 16:28:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian traditional chief, Kanimang Sanneh, from Upper River Region, has called for a parliamentary system of government in which legislators could serve as ministers, thereby bringing the government closer to the people, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Buhari congratulates Xi Jinping on China's 69th aniversary
    30 september 2018 12:51:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on the 69th anniversary of the Republic. Full text...

  • Sudan's NCP says economic crisis will not lead to postponement of 2020 polls
    30 september 2018 09:16:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has said the current economic crisis will not force it into postponing the 2020 general and presidential elections in which President Omar al-Bashir is largely speculated to stand. Full text...

  • UN alone can solve its problems of climate change, migration, poverty and terrorism
    30 september 2018 08:57:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Niger – victim of the quadruple scourge of climate change, migration, poverty and terrorism – gave a ringing endorsement of the United Nations on Saturday as the “irreplaceable” Organization capable of resolving these and a host of other problems. Full text...

  • Somali minister outlines country’s ongoing transformation; urges new partnerships
    30 september 2018 08:52:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Even though Somalia has made “huge strides” in political and economic transformation, the country continues to grapple with terrorism, the nation’s Foreign Minister told world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN officials urge support as Darfur attempts to ‘turn the page’ from conflict to peace
    29 september 2018 10:59:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Stating that while the Darfur region of Sudan, which for years was torn by strife and displacement, is now increasingly stable, top United Nations officials on Friday urged continued international support to ensure that hard-won gains take hold. Full text...

  • Fresh peace deal, commitment to multilateralism, open ‘new chapter’ in Ethiopia
    28 september 2018 16:19:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Workneh Gebeyehu, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ethiopia, has hailed a recent peace deal with Eritrea, calling for the UN Security Council to lift its sanctions on the neighboring country in “light of these important and positive developments”. Full text...

  • South Africa's Opposition urges Ramaphosa to fire disgraced ministers
    28 september 2018 15:41:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday called on the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to fire Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, and the Minister in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini, saying they lied under oath. Full text...

  • Gambia’s new constitution will stand test of time – CRC chairman
    28 september 2018 11:31:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow, the chairman of Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), said on that the new constitution will be one of the best that will stand the test of time. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone’s President ‘optimistic’ about country’s new direction as key reforms enacted
    28 september 2018 06:39:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The newly-elected President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, told the United Nations on Thursday that “with a strong belief in a shared vision and a common destiny, Sierra Leoneans stand with the (international community) in meeting the world’s challenges”. Full text...

  • Kenyatta heightens calls for UN reforms, permanent seats for Africa
    27 september 2018 11:16:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called for urgent reforms on Wednesday at the United Nations to ensure Africa is allocated two permanent seats at the Security Council complete with veto powers. Full text...

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