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  • 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...

  • Eswatini king says Africa's voice must be heard in the UN
    27 september 2018 07:12:25
    New York, US (PANA) - With Africa absorbing the most United Nations peacekeeping missions, King Mswati III, of Eswatini, said the continent’s voice must be featured “prominently and permanently” at the UN, advocating for increased participation of Africa in the work of the world Organization, particularly the Security Council. Full text...

  • Mali’s president gives heartfelt thanks for UN’s help in bringing stability
    27 september 2018 07:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, whose West African country has benefitted from a 15,000-strong United Nations Stabilization Force (MINUSMA) to bring peace after Tuareg rebels and militant Islamists devastated its northern and central regions, mounted the General Assembly podium on Wednesday to thank the world Organization for “its immense and multi-dimensional” support. Full text...

  • UN hails Human Rights Declaration as tool for conflict and poverty prevention
    27 september 2018 06:50:31
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) this year, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated a high-level event on Wednesday, to discussing how respect for human rights in societies can help advance peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN chief celebrates spirit of hope in Mali, calls for greater international support
    27 september 2018 06:36:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change, poverty, violence… As countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015. Full text...

  • On day two of UNGA's annual debate, it’s multilateralism all the way
    27 september 2018 06:25:37
    New York, US (PANA) - From trade to climate change to development and fighting diseases, world leaders mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to deliver a ringing endorsement of multilateralism, singling out a strengthened UN as the prime tool for improving humanity’s lot. Full text...

  • Central African Republic leader appeals for lifting arms embargo
    27 september 2018 06:18:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Central African Republic (CAR) Head of State Faustin Touadera on Wednesday thanked the world body for helping to restore stability in his country, but also called for the complete lifting of the UN Security Council arms embargo affecting its army. Full text...

  • South Africa and UAE sign crucial extradition treaty
    26 september 2018 17:30:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a dramatic development relating to South Africa’s State Capture scandal, Pretoria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday signed treaties on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Full text...

  • Shun unilateral action, embrace multilateralism, Namibian President urges at UN Assembly
    26 september 2018 16:20:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that the world seems to be drifting away from dialogue and towards unilateral action – at great peril to very fundamental tenets of democracy – the President of Namibia has called on world leaders, gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, to embrace multilateralism. Full text...

  • UN Chief joins world leaders in calling for greater investment in Africa’s young people
    26 september 2018 07:27:46
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday joined world leaders in calling for greater investment in jobs for young people in Africa, calling them the continent’s “greatest asset”. Full text...

  • Nigerian President calls for global action on climate change, Lake Chad crisis
    26 september 2018 07:21:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A variety of “festering” causes and effects surround crises around the world, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Tuesday, speaking on the first day of the high-level portion of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate. Full text...

  • No country can solve its challenges ‘in isolation,’ Gambia President tells UN Assembly
    26 september 2018 07:11:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid complex global multilateral challenges, Adama Barrow, President of the Gambia, told the United Nations Assembly on Tuesday that “no country can thrive or solve all its challenges in isolation”. Full text...

  • Climate change and multilateralism figure high on first day of UN General Assembly debate
    26 september 2018 07:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - If there was one issue that was a recurrent theme on Tuesday on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate, it was the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change, from Secretary-General António Guterres’s opening address warning global Heads of State and Government that “its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across the world”, to individual leaders highlighting their individual vulnerabilities. Full text...

  • ‘Our future rests in solidarity,’ commitment to rules-based order, UN chief tells world leaders
    25 september 2018 19:35:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Facing a world where trust – trust in national institutions, trust among States and trust in the rules-based global order – is at a breaking point, Secretary-General António Guterres set the stage for the 73rd general debate of the United Nations with a call to rebuild solidarity, repair broken trust and reinvigorate the spirit of multilateralism. Full text...

  • Where conflicts arise, hunger increases says FAO chief
    25 september 2018 10:28:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Without peace there will be no food security, and without food security there will be no peace. That was the message of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General José Graziano da Silva for Monday's Nelson Mandela Peace Summit as part of the UN General Assembly in New York. Full text...

  • President Barrow calls for preventive diplomacy at UN and AU levels
    25 september 2018 06:57:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has called on the United Nations, the African Union and other regional organizations to promote and invest in preventive diplomacy and participate actively in mediation efforts and conflict resolution. Full text...

  • At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world
    25 september 2018 06:41:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Monday honoured Nelson Mandela with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner stood. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for UN General Assembly in New York
    23 september 2018 13:03:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday departed for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened 18 September 2018. Full text...

  • President Kiir asks opposition to pick reps for South Sudan’s pre-transitional body
    23 september 2018 11:41:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday formally requested opposition groups to nominate their members for a National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) in line with the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • South Sudanese leaders in Khartoum to celebrate peace agreement
    22 september 2018 10:47:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has underlined his country's support for South Sudan until the leaders in that country achieve a comprehensive peace and stability, stressing that Khartoum has no intentions to interfere in South Sudan domestic affairs. Full text...

  • ‘Faith and inspiration’ of late Kofi Annan needed now more than ever – UN chief Guterres
    22 september 2018 05:02:23
    New York, US (PANA) - At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday led tributes to former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on 18 August at the age of 80. Full text...

  • AfDB, South African Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire honour Nelson Mandela
    21 september 2018 13:38:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Institute (ECAD), a knowledge-promotion and capacity-development department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Embassy of South Africa in Cote d’Ivoire have successfully hosted the Nelson Mandela Centenary Public Lecture, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Report calls for UN probe into apartheid atrocities
    21 september 2018 07:48:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A damning new report has called for apartheid-era crimes to be investigated by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Nigerian Governor lauds ECOWAS' initiative for conflict-free vote in 2019
    19 september 2018 09:09:32
    Jos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governor of Nigeria’s Central State of Plateau, Simon Bako Lalong, has commended the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for the proactive engagement of political stakeholders on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts ahead of the county’s crucial 2019 general elections. Full text...

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