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  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone authorities commit to March 2018 elections
    12 july 2017 09:07:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone authorities have reaffirmed to the visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board their readiness to hold the March 2018 general elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo returns home after Buhari visit
    12 july 2017 08:21:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday morning returned to Abuja from a snap visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, official sources said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECOWAS electoral management team meets Sierra Leone stakeholders
    11 july 2017 09:50:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board led by its President Prof Mahmood Yakubu has appealed to Sierra Leone’s political stakeholders to see elections as a sovereign responsibility and democracy as a collective sacrifice for the wellbeing of the people and national development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rift Valley violence threatens voting, says human rights group
    11 july 2017 07:05:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Ongoing violence in the Rift Valley is causing insecurity and forced displacement that could potentially keep thousands of people from voting in Kenya's August 2017 national elections, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN political forum opens with focus on eradicating poverty, forming partnerships
    10 july 2017 20:02:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior government representatives are at the United Nations on Monday for the start of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two years after they were adopted. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM expects total lifting of US sanctions on Sudan
    10 july 2017 18:02:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday expressed regret over reports that some members of the U.S. Congress have signed a memo demanding extension of the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Interior minister denies invasion threat
    10 july 2017 14:15:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmed Fatty, has dismissed reports that former President Yahya Jammeh loyalist force is allegedly planning to attack The Gambia. Full text...

  • Sudan: US calls on South Sudan leader to return to dialogue
    09 july 2017 14:58:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The U.S. Department of State has called on South Sudanese leaders to end what it described as “self-destructive violence” and return to political dialogue, and to help South Sudan realise its full potential. Full text...

  • Sudan: Speaker warns against anti-US campaign on sanctions
    09 july 2017 14:06:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — With less than 72 hours to the deadline of lifting or retaining sanctions against Sudan, the Speaker of Parliament of the African country has warned against adopting a hostile campaign against Washington should president Donald Trump reject revoking the sanctions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission to strengthen regional electoral bodies on democracy
    08 july 2017 06:13:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission will continue to support and partner with electoral management bodies to deliver democracy and good governance through the conduct of credible, fair and peaceful elections in the region, the Vice President of the Commission, Mr. Edward Singhatey pledged in Abuja on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria pledges support to ECOWAS electoral management bodies
    08 july 2017 06:07:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has pledged the country’s continued support to the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in its efforts to deliver credible elections and advance democracy and good governance in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda : NEC clears 3 candidates for Rwandan presidential election
    07 july 2017 22:24:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Rwanda late Friday released a final list of three candidates to contest the presidential elections, slated for 4 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Senate president charges ECOWAS electoral bodies on credible polls
    07 july 2017 10:11:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, in Abuja, charged heads of election management bodies in the ECOWAS region to always deliver credible elections that will deepen democracy and good governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Rwanda gov't to prevent harassment of opposition candidates
    07 july 2017 08:55:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is urging the government of Rwanda to prevent harassment of opposition candidates and their supporters ahead of the country's August poll. Full text...

  • South Africa: ICC rules that SA should have arrested al-Bashir
    06 july 2017 13:46:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ruled that South Africa had failed in not arresting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, when he visited South Africa to attend an African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg despite the ICC issuing a warrant for his arrest. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends G20 Summit in Hamburg
    06 july 2017 12:46:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday for the two-day Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit under the theme “Shaping an Interconnected World”. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Electoral Commission clears 2 candidates for presidential elections, more expected
    06 july 2017 12:30:52
    Kigali , Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has cleared two of the 6 presidential aspirants vying for the presidential election, slated for 4 August. Full text...

  • Zambia: Invocation of 'threatened emergency' gives more power to Zambian police, army
    06 july 2017 09:25:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s invocation on Wednesday night of a threatened emergency in the country has given police and the army powers to stop, search or detain any individual without a warrant. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President declares state of emergency
    05 july 2017 19:49:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has declared a state of emergency by invoking Article 31 of the Constitution of Zambia. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma closes ANC's chaotic policy conference
    05 july 2017 15:58:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called for the loser of the December’s key elective conference to take the role of deputy president in the ruling African National Congress. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame says Western embassies 'interfering' in Rwandan election
    05 july 2017 10:58:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame has used a live talk show on public radio and television to accuse some diplomatic missions of interfering in the East African nation's electoral process. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Board of ECOWAS electoral bodies meets in Nigeria
    05 july 2017 09:12:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) will hold a two-day session in Abuja from 6-7 July 2017 ahead of its Needs Assessment and Solidarity Missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia, which are due to hold crucial elections. Full text...

  • Switzerland: New WHO chief to attend G20 summit
    05 july 2017 06:59:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, will lead the UN health agency's delegation participating in the G20 Summit taking place on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit unhappy over weak UN Security Council nod in terror fight
    04 july 2017 16:42:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit has slammed the UN Security Council for passing a “weak” resolution backing the deployment of a military force to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region, saying the growing terrorism threat in the region could not be tackled conventionally. Full text...

  • South Africa: ICC to rule on SA's failure to arrest al-Bashir
    04 july 2017 16:32:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A ruling over South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015 is expected by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders vow to end foreign dominance
    04 july 2017 12:55:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders rose from two days of talks on pressing developmental matters, peace, security and administrative matters affecting the continent at their 29th session of the Heads of State Assembly with a call for the UN reform and the reform of global peacekeeping operations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU troop deployment sought for Djibouti-Eritrea border flashpoint
    04 july 2017 09:16:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – East African foreign ministers have called on the African Union (AU) Summit to immediately authorise the deployment of troops to the border of Djibouti and Eritrea to fill the power and security vacuum created by the withdrawal of Qatari forces there. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Deputy UN chief highlights stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa's youth
    03 july 2017 17:29:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called for strengthening the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to deliver on promised development for Africa's youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chair voices stronger civil society role in ending violent conflicts
    03 july 2017 16:46:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday outlined his five-point vision for a peaceful continent, calling on the civil society to play a more proactive role in ending conflicts and calling for justice, peace and cooperation of all players. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders urged to demand end to Israeli occupation of Palestine
    03 july 2017 15:48:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, urged African leaders on Monday to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and announced that his country was ready to accept a US peace plan for a two-state solution to the standoff with Israel. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition party targets Zuma's allies, UK PR firm
    03 july 2017 13:18:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid criminal charges against members of the powerful Gupta family who have been implicated in the massive “state capture” scandal that has shaken South African President Jacob Zuma and his government. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit opens amid renewed debate over budget financing options
    03 july 2017 10:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 29th African Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, with calls for the silencing of the guns of war and tackling the scourge of terrorism in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group flags increased fear in Region of 2007 Kenya election violence
    03 july 2017 06:48:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group on Monday asked the Kenyan authorities to urgently investigate allegations of threats and intimidation between community members in Nakuru county’s Naivasha area, as the August, 2017 elections approaches. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government renews unilateral ceasefire with rebel groups
    02 july 2017 19:40:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has extended the present ceasefire for another four months as of 2 July in all war zones. Full text...

  • Somalia: On anniversary of Somalia's independence, senior UN official urges political unity
    02 july 2017 19:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Marking the 57th anniversary of Somalia's independence, the top United Nations official in the country has urged all Somalis to seize a moment of opportunity and work towards peace and stability. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Libyan crisis dominates AU Summit agenda on ending conflicts
    02 july 2017 16:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday for the 29th session of the regular Heads of State and Government Assembly, which has been dedicated to the discussion about the future of youth and women, but with the conflict in Libya dominating. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to introduce new Extradition Bill
    02 july 2017 07:41:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Attorney-General Ravi Yerrigadoo will on Tuesday introduce an new Extradition Bill in a bid to review the distinction that exists presently between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries in matters of extradition, PANA learnt from parliamentary sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns doubts exist over independence of electoral bodies in Africa
    02 july 2017 06:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has welcomed the progress made by member states to form independent election management institutions, but expressed fears their lack of full independence still puts democracy at risk. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes reduction in number of UNAMID personnel
    01 july 2017 14:05:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has welcomed a resolution by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) cutting down the number of military and police personnel of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) by 44% in the coming six months. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius not opposed to US military base on Diego Garcia'
    01 july 2017 09:07:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Defence Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, told Parliament on Friday that Mauritius has no objection to the continued operation of the US military base in Diego Garcia within an agreed time frame for the return of the Chagos Archipelago to the effective sovereign control of Mauritius. Full text...

  • US: Security Council says ‘Important work ahead,’ as UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire ends
    01 july 2017 06:01:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Recognizing the efforts of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in promoting peace, stability and development, the UN Security Council on Friday marked the event by underscoring the importance of action by the government to address the remaining challenges in the country for the benefit of all Ivorians. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma’s allies face criminal charges in South Africa
    30 june 2017 16:10:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday announced that it will lay criminal charges against members of the wealthy Indian Gupta family following confirmation that they used government funds to pay for a glittering multi-million dollar wedding at Sun City in 2013. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Rights groups urge Ivorian gov't to address rights issues as UN mission ends
    30 june 2017 05:45:14
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA ) – As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) comes to an end on Friday, 30 June 2017, several human rights groups have urged the Ivorian government to redouble its efforts to address the serious rights issues at the root of past political violence in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council renews steps against illicit Libyan oil exports
    30 june 2017 05:07:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a series of resolutions by which it renewed measures against illicit oil exports in Libya, and extended the mandates of United Nations missions in the Darfur region of Sudan, Mali and the Golan. Full text...

  • Kenya: Electoral body admits errors in voters' register in Kenya
    29 june 2017 17:25:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Electoral Commission admitted on Thursday errors in the voters' roll call hours after opening up the register for verification, when individuals did a random search, which revealed the existence of fictitious names, national identification numbers and fake voters. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Presidential election campaign set to begin on 14 July
    28 june 2017 17:12:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Official campaign for Rwanda's forthcoming presidential election will start on 14 July and run through 3 August, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU deploys 30 observers for Kenya elections
    28 june 2017 09:38:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The European Union (EU) has deployed 30 election observers to follow the campaigns and meet all stakeholders ahead of Kenya's General Elections on 8 August and beyond. Full text...

  • US: Despite progress, challenges remain for Liberia to consolidate peace gains - UN envoy
    28 june 2017 05:42:38
    New York, US (PANA) - In spite of “remarkable” progress in Liberia since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2003, the presence of challenges that risk a reversal of the gains made warrant continued international support and attention, the United Nations envoy for the country has cautioned. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Rights group calls for release of Zimbabwean Pastor Mawarire
    27 june 2017 19:33:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, on Tuesday called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire, who was arrested on Monday after he held prayers with University of Zimbabwe medical students protesting fee increases. Full text...

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