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  • Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls
    16 april 2015 11:21:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties open new round of UN-backed political talks in Morocco
    16 april 2015 08:06:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A new round of political dialogue on Libya, hosted by Morocco and Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Acting president, government members declare assets
    15 april 2015 21:27:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkina Faso acting government on Wednesday announced that the acting president and the members of the interim government have declared their assets. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundians on peaceful elections
    15 april 2015 20:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid AI-Hussein, on Wednesday said that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders were extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply, with a series of elections set to take place between May and August this year. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu challenges Zambian opposition parties to take part in elections
    15 april 2015 17:27:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has challenged local opposition parties to participate in elections so that they could help strengthen democracy in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS calls for gender equality on electoral issues
    15 april 2015 15:47:46
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants in a just-ended regional workshop on Gender and Elections have advocated the adoption of relevant laws for gender equality in electoral matters. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: NEC hints of possible shift in election date
    15 april 2015 15:37:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean National Electoral Commission (NEC) has hinted at the possibility of postponing the 2016 local council polls, and the general and presidential elections in the country, due in 2017/18. Full text...

  • Sudan: 109-year-old voter makes headlines in Sudan polls
    15 april 2015 12:29:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A 109-year-old woman who trekked to a polling booth to cast her vote in Sudan's ongoing presidential and parliamentary polls made newspaper headlines in the North African nation on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria hosts international conference on terrorism in July
    15 april 2015 11:24:30
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will in July host an international conference on terrorism and its causes, Algerian Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel has said. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan political parties, activists end round 2 of UN-backed talks
    15 april 2015 08:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A second meeting of Libyan political parties and activists, facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), rounded off its deliberations on Tuesday in Algiers, Algeria's capital city, by reiterating the commitment to the political dialogue as the only option to resolve the crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Central African Republic transition at 'critical stage'
    15 april 2015 08:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Mr. Babacar Gaye, says the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains tenuous as sectarian tensions continue to simmer and the severity of the country’s humanitarian crisis increasing. Full text...

  • Algeria: Second round of talks between Libyan politicians begins in Algiers
    13 april 2015 21:34:33
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The second meeting between the leaders of Libyan political parties and activists opened on Monday in Algiers under the aegis of the UN Support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in a bid to find political solution to the crisis rocking the country. Full text...

  • Morocco: Moroccan govt condemns attack on its embassy in Tripoli
    13 april 2015 18:55:29
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Morocco has condemned Monday’s armed attack on its embassy in Tripoli, calling on Libyan authorities to investigate circumstances around the attack and find its perpetrators. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundi on elections preparations
    13 april 2015 18:35:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Al-Hussein Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Africa hosts 25th AU Summit
    13 april 2015 18:18:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –The 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take place 14-15 June 2015 at Sandton International Conference Center (ICC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the AU Commission announced here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks Libyan politicians, activists on peace, stability
    13 april 2015 17:13:09
    New York, US (PANA) - For a political solution to take hold and end the ongoing fighting Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN seeks entries for Nelson Mandela Prize
    13 april 2015 12:15:18
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations has called for entries for the first edition of the Nelson Mandela Prize for persons who distinguish themselves in the promotion of reconciliation, social cohesion and community development, all of which align with the goals and principles of the UN. Full text...

  • Sudan: Voting opens in Presidential, Parliamentary polls
    13 april 2015 12:08:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections kicked off on Monday and will continue for three days, with over 13 million eligible voters due to elect a President and Lawmakers for a five-year tenure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Governorship/House of Assembly elections 'went well' - Civil Society
    13 april 2015 11:59:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of 'The Situation Room' have given a pass mark to the state elections held across Nigeria on Saturday, even while calling attention to some lapses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition party wins most states in Governorship polls
    13 april 2015 11:09:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won in most of the states where results of Saturday's Governorship and State Assembly (parliament) elections have been declared so far, building on its shellacking of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Presidential and National Assembly elections held two weeks earlier. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Deaths, low voter turnout hallmark state elections
    12 april 2015 10:37:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Results of Saturday's Governorship and State House of Assembly (parliament) elections were being awaited on Sunday, as reports of low voter turnout, violence and electoral malfeasance emerged. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya orders UNHCR to shut down Somali refugee camp
    11 april 2015 18:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has issued a three-month ultimatum to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate Somali and Ethiopian refugees at the refugee camps in Dadaab, North Eastern Kenya, following the killing of 147 University campus students. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU election observer hails card reader improvement
    11 april 2015 17:04:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chief Observer of the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission in Nigeria, Mr. Santiago Fisas, has hailed the improvement recorded in the functionality of the Smart Card Readers being used to verify the genuineness of the biometric voter cards in Saturday's state elections in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: FM reaffirms Libyan govt. commitment to resolve crisis through political dialogue
    11 april 2015 16:26:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – As Morocco and Algeria prepare to host the new rounds of inter-Libyan peace talks, the country's foreign affairs minister, Mohamed al-Dairi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the interim government to finding a workable political solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voting starts in Nigeria's State elections
    11 april 2015 14:35:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Voting has started in Nigeria's state elections, following the conclusion of the accreditation process to verify the biometric voter cards presented by would-be voters in most polling units. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voters return to the polls to elect Governors, Lawmakers
    11 april 2015 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two weeks after electing a new President, Nigerian voters on Saturday returned to the polls to elect State Governors and Lawmakers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigerians on peaceful gubernatorial, State assemblies elections
    10 april 2015 22:29:47
    New York, US (PANA) - As Nigeria gets set this weekend to hold its Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again congratulated Nigerians and the government on the peaceful manner in which the recent presidential and parliamentary elections were held and expressed the hope that similar conditions will prevail during the new polls. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: UN Envoy meets President Koroma, "sacked" VP Sam Sumana
    10 april 2015 15:34:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has met with both President Koroma of Sierra Leone and the elected Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana, to discuss the constitutional row over the latter's sacking. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM reacts to damning EU statement on Sudanese national dialogue
    10 april 2015 14:12:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has expressed regrets over a statement issued Thursday by a Senior European Union (EU) official, accusing Khartoum of being unable to initiate a national dialogue it announced in January last year and failing to show up for a pre-dialogue meeting in the Ethiopian capital last week. Full text...

  • Mali: FM criticizes Ban Ki-moon's report on Malian crisis
    10 april 2015 13:34:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian minister of foreign affairs, African integration and International Cooperation, Abdallah Diop, has slammed comments credited to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that all parties to the conflict in Mali, including the Malian government, “have violated the ceasefire agreement in place”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mandate of Community Court may be expanded to cover genocide, crimes against humanity
    10 april 2015 13:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering the possibility of enlarging the mandate of its regional court to enable it handle cases relating to the massive violation of human rights such as genocide and crimes against humanity, a judge of the Court said in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief approves deployment of AU mission to observe elections in Sudan
    09 april 2015 17:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015, the Commission said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU witholds support for Sudan's general, presidential elections
    09 april 2015 16:46:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union on Thursday said it would not provide any support for the general and presidential elections set to begin in Sudan in three days’ time. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Supreme court adjourns ruling on VP vs govt. dismissal case
    09 april 2015 15:13:37
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Supreme court Thursday adjourned ruling on an application for an interlocutory injunction sought by lawyers, representing sacked Vice President Sam Sumana, restraining Victor Foh from acting as Vice President. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Ex-VP's lawyers seek to stop Acting VP
    09 april 2015 09:27:40
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Lawyers for Sierra Leone's sacked Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana head to the country's Supreme Court Thursday (9April) to seek an interlocutory injunction restraining Ambassador Victor Foh from acting as Vice President while the constitutionality of the President's action is being heard . Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief appoints four special representatives, heads of liaison offices
    08 april 2015 19:25:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As part of the African Union's continued efforts to maintain an effective presence on the ground and support the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed four new Special Representatives and Heads of Liaison Offices. Full text...

  • Belgium: European parliamentary delegation on four-day visit to DRC
    08 april 2015 18:26:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A delegation from the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament on Wednesday began a four-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), official sources here said. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Ould Abdel Aziz visits Saudi Arabia
    08 april 2015 17:46:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday began a two-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mugabe gets 21-gun salute in South Africa
    08 april 2015 16:08:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Wednesday received a 21–gun salute and addressed his critics in his first state visit to South Africa since 1994. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CS Situation Room to observe 11 April gubernatorial elections in Nigeria
    08 april 2015 13:44:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, comprising more than 60 civic groups, says it will reconvene to observe the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections holding on 11 April, 2015, according to a press statement, received here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President-elect faces huge expectations
    07 april 2015 09:58:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Muhammadu Buhari will have to hit the ground running on 29 May when he is due to be inaugurated as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in view of the huge expectations from his compatriots, some of whom even expect him to perform a miracle, analysts have said. Full text...

  • Nigeria:Israel pledges support to Nigeria in fighting terrorism, corruption
    06 april 2015 17:25:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Israel has expressed its willingness to assist Nigeria in fighting corruption and terrorism as well as in development of the agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Sudan: Council of political parties rejects call to ban Opposition Umma National Party
    06 april 2015 15:47:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Council for Political Parties Affairs has turned down a request by the powerful Sudanese intelligence agency to close down Sudan's largest opposition party, the National Umma Party (NUP), saying the call was not legally substantiated and capable of setting Sudanese politics against security. Full text...

  • Botswana: VP visits Malaysia
    06 april 2015 13:53:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, left here Monday for Malaysia on a five-day working visit, primarily focused on the exchange of information and policy issues, according to government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 20 opposition politicians arrested
    06 april 2015 11:30:21
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Police in Freetown on Sunday evening arrested and detained about twenty opposition politicians for unlawful gathering, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief disappointed at cancellation of meeting to establish Sudan National Dialogue
    05 april 2015 18:01:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the failure to hold the Sudanese pre-dialogue meeting in Addis Ababa because of the decision by the ruling National Congress Party and its allies not to attend. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: French Secretary for Development visits East Africa
    04 april 2015 10:20:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie Annick Girardin will visit three East Africa countries from 6-10 April in preparation for the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission President hails Nigeria over successful polls
    03 april 2015 13:10:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has congratulated Nigerians for the successful and peaceful conduct of the 28 March 2015 presidential and Federal Legislative elections. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-President Banda hails outgoing Nigerian leader
    03 april 2015 11:12:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda has described outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of defeat in the 28 March presidential election as a victory for African democracy. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Referendum on proposed constitution called off
    03 april 2015 11:02:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Authorities in Tanzania have finally yielded to opposition demand by calling off the national referendum on the proposed constitution, citing delay in the newly-introduced biometric voter registration (BVR). Full text...

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