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  • Senegal: MFWA starts project on enhancing citizens’ knowledge on governance, ECOWAS
    11 august 2016 15:32:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commenced a major project aimed at enhancing citizens’ knowledge and awareness of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and its relevant protocols and frameworks that mandate member states to be accountable to their citizens. Full text...

  • South Africa: Liberation hero launches scathing attack on ANC
    11 august 2016 10:48:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Reverend Frank Chikane, the former Director General of the Presidency, on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the African National Congress (ANC), saying the ruling party is under attack not from external forces but from its own members and leaders. Full text...

  • Zambia: Polls open in Zambia's election
    11 august 2016 08:19:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians started voting on Thursday in the general election and national referendum under the amended Constitution under which the winner of the first round must have 50 per cent plus one of the votes. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu tasks Zambians on orderly elections
    10 august 2016 20:23:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday assured Zambians that he will do his very best to provide the necessary leadership to ensure law and order during and after Thursday's elections, urging the people to also maintain decorum. Full text...

  • Zambia: US dismisses misconceptions about who it supports in Zambian poll
    10 august 2016 18:08:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – On the eve of Zambia's general elections, United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield has dismissed misconceptions on who the U.S. government supports. Full text...

  • US: US, Britain, Norway, Germany, EU laud Sudan's roadmap for peace
    10 august 2016 15:21:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The US, Britain, Norway, Germany, and the European Union (EU) have welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, and the National Umma Party, in a move to end the conflicts in Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes election timetable in Somalia
    10 august 2016 15:15:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Somali electoral authorities of a timetable for the 2016 electoral process, noting that the process for the upcoming polls, which sets October for presidential elections, is an important milestone in the country’s journey towards democracy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes signature of Sudan’s roadmap deal by opposition parties
    10 august 2016 15:09:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by opposing parties in Sudan which aims to achieve a permanent end to conflicts in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Egypt is interested in consensus deal between Libyan political stakeholders'
    10 august 2016 12:55:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sameh Choukry, has said his country will support a consensus agreement involving all the Libyan parties to the political crisis rocking the county. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President meets election observer missions
    09 august 2016 20:41:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday in Lusaka held talks with leaders of the various election observer missions, ahead of the country's general elections scheduled for 11 August. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu embarrassed by court ruling ahead of Thursday’s election (Feature by Mildred Mulenga, PANA correspondent)
    09 august 2016 10:34:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has suffered an embarrassment ahead of Thursday’s general elections after a landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court in Lusaka that he was wrong to maintain ministers in office after the dissolution of Parliament on 12 May 2016. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group says dozens of peaceful protesters killed by police in Ethiopia
    08 august 2016 20:32:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday quoting "credible sources". Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council holds second poll for UN top job
    08 august 2016 19:12:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has conducted the second straw poll assessment of the remaining 11 candidates for UN Secretary-General position, PANA in New York reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: EISA commends Zambia for holding elections under reformed framework
    08 august 2016 13:26:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) election observation mission (EOM) has observed that the 11 August Zambian elections are taking place under a reformed legal framework that to a great extent reflects the recommendations issued by previous election observer missions, including EISA EOMs. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan President in N'Djamena for Deby's presidential inauguration
    08 august 2016 13:10:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the group of African leaders and personalities who will attend the inaugural ceremony of Chad's president-elect Idriss Déby Itno on Monday, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for Deby’s inauguration
    08 august 2016 10:19:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir left Khartoum on Monday for Ndjamena, Chad, for the inauguration of President Idriss Deby for a new presidential term. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to attend President Deby's inaguration
    07 august 2016 18:27:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday morning for N'Djamena to join other Heads of State and Government for the inauguration ceremony of President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad. Full text...

  • Zambia: Gov't dismisses opposition’s claim of violence ahead of elections
    07 august 2016 15:07:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has dismissed opposition’s leader Hakainde Hichilema’s claim of political instability in the country ahead of the 11 August elections as an attempt to merely scandalise the credible electoral process. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma humiliated by anti-rape activists
    07 august 2016 09:13:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is scrambling to contain the fallout from the fiercely contested local government election which saw it losing ground around the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: How a white farmer captured Mandela's region in South African poll (Analysis by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    06 august 2016 13:44:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – While the ruling African National Congress continues to lick its wounds following the most fiercely contested elections since the advent of democracy in South Africa, the spotlight is shining brightly on a white farmer-turned-politician who is expected to become mayor of a metropolitan district named after the country's greatest son, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC licks its wounds as election results show significant losses
    05 august 2016 10:48:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections continued on Friday, with a pattern emerging that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost ground to the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in several key centres. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition makes significant gains in local govt. elections
    04 august 2016 13:55:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections is underway with early results indicating that while the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding a comfortable lead nationally, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is poised to capture several key metropolitan areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN blames South Sudan's govt forces for violations in July fighting
    04 august 2016 13:47:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Preliminary UN investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan reveals that government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties, the UN human rights chief Zeid Al Hussein said on Thursday, calling on the UN Security Council to take stronger action on the Sudan Sudan conflict. Full text...

  • US: US urges 'all sides' in South Sudan conflict to abide by ceasefire
    04 august 2016 08:34:51
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has once again expressed concern about the violence in South Sudan and called on all sides to abide by the ceasefire agreed last month in the fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar, who has since been replaced in the government of national unity. Full text...

  • UN: NGO solicits online support for woman UN Secretary-General
    03 august 2016 16:00:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A New York-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General, on Wednesday called on people around the world to use Facebook and Twitter, as well as other online platforms, to prevail on the members of the UN Security Council to select a woman as the next UN Secretary-General. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans vote in hotly-contested local govt. elections
    03 august 2016 15:11:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Millions of South Africans on Wednesday voted in this year's local government elections, the most hotly-contested poll since the advent of democracy in 1994. Full text...

  • Sudan: Partners launch initiative to strengthen peace, dialogue in Darfur
    03 august 2016 09:10:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU), United Nations and their local partners have launched an initiative that seeks peace in Darfur through working from the grassroots. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition claims ruling ANC has abandoned Mandela's values
    02 august 2016 12:09:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – On the eve of South Africa’s hotly-contested local government elections, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has abandoned Nelson Mandela’s vision and values. Full text...

  • South Africa: Voters with special needs vote in South Africa's local govt. polls
    01 august 2016 15:24:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Polling stations around South Africa were partially opened on Monday to allow voters with special needs to cast their ballots ahead of Wednesday’s hotly-contested local government elections. Full text...

  • Sudan: SCP accuses international community of 'empowering' Sudan govt
    01 august 2016 10:31:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Secretary of the opposition Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), Mohamed Khateeb, has accused the international community, including the African Union, United Nations and US, of empowering the current regime in Khartoum to survive. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council approves extension for UN mission in South Sudan
    30 july 2016 14:44:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended for two weeks the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), allowing time for the Council membership to consider options on adapting the mission's mandate amid renewed violence in the world’s youngest country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council approves 228 UN police contingent for Burundi
    30 july 2016 14:36:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has approved a UN police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office condemns jailing of Gambia's opposition members
    29 july 2016 17:26:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Friday expressed concern over the three-year prison sentences handed down last week to 30 members of Gambia's main opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP), including its leader Ousainou Darboe, following their participation in peaceful protests in mid-April. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tanzanian ex-president leads Commonwealth observer group to Zambia polls
    29 july 2016 15:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tanzanian former president, Jakaya Kikwete, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Zambia to observe the upcoming general elections and national referendum there, scheduled for 11 August 2016, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has announced. Full text...

  • South Africa: Politicians wrap up campaign for local govt. elections
    29 july 2016 13:11:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s political parties will this weekend wrap-up their campaign ahead of Wednesday’s hotly-contested local government elections. Full text...

  • US: Obama to meet Africa's 'most promising young leaders'
    29 july 2016 05:27:04
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama and US government, private sector, and civil society leaders will meet with nearly 1,000 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders from 1-3 August at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, according to an official statement issued by the US Department of State on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya protests French military presence on its territory
    26 july 2016 14:09:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the presidential council of the national coalition government in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, has summoned the French ambassador to Libya, Antoine Sivan, to officially protest against the French military presence in the eastern region of the country, particularly in Benghazi. Full text...

  • Belgium: FM hails state pardon for political detainees in DR Congo
    26 july 2016 13:23:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, has said he is pleased with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) for granting State pardon to detained political prisoners ahead of November's presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'Sacking of Machar is sowing seed of new suffering in South Sudan'
    26 july 2016 11:28:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's opposition has been split down the middle with the appointment by President Salva Kiir of Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President to replace Riek Machar, who has fled the capital, Juba, South Sudan observers have said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Australian parliamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    25 july 2016 13:45:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by Bruce Norman Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council in Victoria state, is visiting Rwanda to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, an official source said on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al Bashir leaves for Arab League Summit in Mauritania
    24 july 2016 13:29:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday departed Khartoum for Nouakchott, Mauritania to attend the 27th Arab League Summit, the official news agency (SUNA) reported. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli elected leader of Tanzania’s ruling party
    23 july 2016 17:45:41
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has elected President John Pombe Magufuli its new chairman succeeding former president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at the helm of the party. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons
    23 july 2016 09:14:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a request from an international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the UN Security Council late Friday adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ministers arrive in Nouakchott for 27th Arab League Summit
    22 july 2016 12:25:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several Arab Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Trade arrived in Nouakchott between Thursday and Friday to attend the 27th Arab League Summit, due for 25-27 July in the Mauritanian capital, official sources told PANA on here. Full text...

  • US: INTERPOL joins Global Coalition to Counter Da'esh
    22 july 2016 10:09:42
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, has joined the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL to support efforts in stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and stopping Da’esh financing. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union
    22 july 2016 05:55:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late on Thursday in New York signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council holds first secret poll for UN top job candidates
    21 july 2016 22:39:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Following its first-ever series of private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council late on Thursday in New York conducted the first in a series of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition party reacts to jailing of leader, others
    21 july 2016 20:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday condemned the conviction of Its leader, Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protesters, saying "the judgement Is utterly unjust". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives new envoys of India, Iran, Gambia and Sri Lanka
    21 july 2016 19:04:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received at a colourful ceremony in Abuja credentials of four envoys newly accredited to Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: NGO urges Security Council to select woman for UN top job
    21 july 2016 14:39:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the UN Security Council's first straw poll scheduled to hold late on Thursday in New York, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General, in an open letter, urged the Council members to select a women as the next UN Secretary-General. Full text...

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