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  • Senegal: IMF head expected Thursday
    29 january 2015 08:13:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde is expected in Dakar Thursday for a three-day official visit to Senegal, the second stage of her African tour after Rwanda, the Senegalese presidency said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chad president arrives in Khartoum
    28 january 2015 17:19:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno arrived here Wednesday for a two-day state visit to Sudan during which he is scheduled to hold talks with the host government on bilateral relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: 15 candidates for Sudanese presidential election
    28 january 2015 14:25:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Election Commission (NEC) has officially cleared 15 candidates to contest next April's presidential and general elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kagame says East African Standby Force ready to deploy
    28 january 2015 10:30:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and current Chair of the East African Standby Force, has informed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, that the East African Standby Force is ready for deployment. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition makes proposals for dialogue
    27 january 2015 21:13:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a coalition of several Mauritanian opposition parties, trade unions, civil society organizations and independent personalities, have accepted an appeal for dialogue by president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy optimistic about confidence of Libyans to reach agreement
    27 january 2015 17:34:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chief of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, has expressed his confidence in the will of the Libyan people to reach agreement, ease tensions in the country and get out of the crisis that has been rocking the North African nation. Full text...

  • Congo: President Boni Yayi arrives in Brazzaville for working visit
    27 january 2015 16:37:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi arrived in Brazzaville on Tuesday for a short working visit, which is focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation, according to official sources in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New Mauritian govt. unveils five-year programme
    27 january 2015 13:33:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The newly-elected Mauritian President, Rajkeswur Purryag, Tuesday presented a five-year (2015-2019) programme of his new administration, set up a month ago following the last general elections held mid-December 2014, PANA reported from the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU election monitors shun North-east region over insecurity
    27 january 2015 13:25:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - European Union (EU) election monitors, who are already in Nigeria for next month's general elections in Africa's largest democracy, will not observe voting in the North-eastern part of the country, according to EU Chief Observer Santiago Ayxela. Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia share security view to counter oil trafficking in Libya
    26 january 2015 21:55:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's three neighbouring countries have started coordinating security operations to prevent oil trafficking, from Libya through land and sea routes, which is the main source of financing for armed groups, according to Algerian security sources quoted Monday by Libyan media. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ibn Chambas welcomes adoption of date for next Burkina elections
    26 january 2015 21:11:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General and chief of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has welcomed the announcement of 11 October, 2015 as the date for the presidential and parliamentary elections in Burkina Faso, according to a UN communiqué issued on Monday to PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Ban congratulates people, Government of Zambia for electing a new leader
    26 january 2015 20:54:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the Government and people of Zambia for the peaceful conduct of their recent presidential election, according to a UN statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: US senator wants US-Mauritanian ties strengthened
    26 january 2015 20:34:10
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Kevin Parker, Senator of Brooklyn, State of New York, who is visiting Nouakchott, on Monday called for the consolidation of ties between the United States and Mauritania at all levels. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission, Cameroon launch French edition of AU Handbook
    26 january 2015 19:17:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed appreciation to the Cameroonian government for making available the AU Handbook in French, saying efforts would continue to ensure that the Handbook is translated into the other working languages of the continental organization. Full text...

  • Libya: Inter-Libya talks resume in Geneva
    26 january 2015 14:54:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The second round of the inter-Libyan peace talks began on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, with all the stakeholders in the first round of the dialogue, in attendance, diplomatic sources indicated here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission prepares 10-year plan on continental Agenda 2063
    26 january 2015 13:56:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - After completing its work on Agenda 2063 flagship integration projects, the African Union Commission (AUC) is preparing the first 10-year plan for a concerted shift towards focusing on implementation of this continental vision, the Commission's Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Ghana: Accra city authorities tear down billboards of Nigerian political parties
    26 january 2015 13:21:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The city authorities in Ghana's capital, Accra, have pulled down the advertising billboards of Nigeria's two main political parties which were erected on major roads and intersections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'I am committed to free, fair, credible polls', Jonathan tells US
    25 january 2015 20:04:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday restated his commitment to ensure a free, fair and credible polls in the country next month, amid fears over whether or not the elections will be held as scheduled. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US threatens sanctions against politicians engaged in election violence
    25 january 2015 18:27:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US on Sunday canvassed for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria next month, threatening sanctions against politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during the polls. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: US threatens sanctions against politicians involved in violence during Nigeria polls
    25 january 2015 17:44:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US has threatened to sanction politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during Nigeria's general elections next month. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Morocco's support for peace in Africa
    25 january 2015 10:43:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has lauded King Mohammed VI of Morocco for his country's valuable support of the activities of the UN, particularly in peacekeeping and in a number of critical issues in Africa and the Middle East. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kerry to meet top presidential contenders
    25 january 2015 10:37:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay a whistle stop visit to Nigeria on Sunday, 25 January, during which he will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his top challenger in next month's presidential polls, retired army General Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief eulogises Kind Abdullah
    25 january 2015 10:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended condolences to the bereaved family of Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Zambia: President-elect Lungu inaugurated in Lusaka
    25 january 2015 10:24:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Edgar Lungu on Sunday took the oath of office as President of Zambia in Lusaka becoming Zambia’s sixth head of state following his victory in Tuesday’s by-election. Full text...

  • Zambia: Defence Minister Edgar Lungu wins presidential election
    24 january 2015 20:47:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Defence Minister Edgar Lungu has been elected as Zambia’s President, according to results announced on Saturday night in the capital city of Lusaka by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete shuffles Tanzanian cabinet
    24 january 2015 17:43:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Saturday shuffled his cabinet by switching portfolios of seven ministers, promoting one deputy minister, appointing two new deputy ministers and reassigning three deputy ministers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails accord between South Sudanese factions
    23 january 2015 20:37:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the signing of a peace deal between opposition factions in South Sudan, calling for the accord’s immediate implementation, as well as the commitment of the country’s leaders to follow through with ongoing negotiations towards a final agreement to end the year-long conflict. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Security to top priorities in Sahel this year - Buyoya
    23 january 2015 20:05:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The head of the African Union Mission for Mali and Sahel (MISAHEL), Pierre Buyoya, has said that the top priority in the Sahel region this year will be security. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius donates US$ 200,000 to support polls in Comoros
    23 january 2015 18:41:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will contribute US$ 200,000 to support the holding of elections in the Union of Comoros, scheduled for 25 January and 22 February 2015, according to a communiqué issued here. Full text...

  • Libya: UN peparing for next round of inter-Libyan talks
    23 january 2015 16:40:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon is making all efforts for the second round of the inter-Libyan talks to be held as soon as possible, according to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson of the UN Secretary General. Full text...

  • Zambia: Defence Minister Lungu leads in presidential election results
    23 january 2015 14:49:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Defence Minister, Edgar Lungu, who is also Justice Minister, has maintained an early lead in preliminary presidential election results announced Friday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), receiving 701,089 votes or 48.72 percent of votes counted so far in 121 constituencies. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Said Djinnit welcomes Tanzania's support for military action against FDLR
    23 january 2015 13:20:16
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, visiting Tanzania 22-23 January, met the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, with whom he reviewed the political and security situation in the region. Full text...

  • UN: UN, int'l partners call for resolution of Somalia's political crisis
    23 january 2015 05:16:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its international partners have voiced concern over delays Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF calls for restraint after Kinshasa demonstrations
    22 january 2015 19:33:20
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The International Francophonie Organization (OIF) has expressed concern about the violence that has raged for several days in DR Congo, to protest the revision of the electoral law. Full text...

  • Burundi: US to provide U$12m support for general elections in Burundi
    22 january 2015 18:19:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The United States will make available about US$ 12m to support preparations for Burundi's general elections due to be held this year, the US Ambassador in Bujumbura, Dawn Liberi, said Thursday . Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO reiterates commitment to defeat Rwandan rebels in DR Congo
    22 january 2015 15:28:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) says it is ready to launch operations against the rebels of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), in Eastern of DR Congo, the global body declared in a video-conference Wednesday in Goma. Full text...

  • Zambia: Defence Minister Lungu leads in presidential polls
    22 january 2015 12:20:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The latest preliminary presidential results released Thursday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) show Defence Minister Edgar Lungu leading other candidates in the presidential election with 533,613 votes, representing 50.8 percent. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Congolese President arrives Tunis
    22 january 2015 11:34:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso is in Tunis for a two-day working visit, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Burundi making strides towards peaceful, credible polls
    22 january 2015 06:22:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The organisation of legitimate elections in Burundi remains one of the most pressing challenges facing the African country in 2015, due to a flare-up in fighting and ongoing political tensions between the government and opposition members, UN Under Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium 'concerned' about DR Congo demonstrations
    21 january 2015 21:19:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has expressed concern about the violent demonstrations in DR Congo and warned that financial support from the Belgian government for the DR Congo electoral process will depend on a calendar based on the constitution and the budget related to the polls, official sources said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, Egypt call for completion of UN resolution on Western Sahara issue
    21 january 2015 20:52:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algeria and Egypt have reaffirmed the need to resolve the Western Sahara issue in accordance with the decision made by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Tanzania: South Sudan warring factions sign reunification deal in Tanzania
    21 january 2015 18:00:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - South Sudan President Salva Mayardit Kiir and former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, brought together under the auspices of Tanzania's ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, on Wednesday signed a deal on the reunification of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). Full text...

  • Libya: US advises its citizens not to travel to Libya
    21 january 2015 16:59:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The US State Department has reiterated its warning to American citizens from travelling to Libya and called those already there to leave the country rapidly. Full text...

  • Zambia: Electoral Commission of Zambia suspends tallying of presidential election results
    21 january 2015 12:07:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has suspended the tallying of presidential election results in order not to influence voters in areas were voting continued Wednesday due to logistics problems. Full text...

  • Libya: UN worried about ceasefire violations in Libya
    20 january 2015 22:08:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed concern about the violation of the ceasefire which the parties in the conflict recently declared unilaterally to back the Geneva inter-Libyan peace talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Group releases time table for presidential debate in Nigeria
    20 january 2015 12:16:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG), a coalition of civil society organizations, private and public broadcast operators in the country, has fixed the 2015 presidential election debate for the 14 candidates in next month elections for 5 February, according to chairman board of trustees of the Group, Mr. Sola Omole. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Many feared dead after police attack demonstrators over electoral law in Kinshasa
    20 january 2015 11:18:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Many people were feared dead and injured on Monday evening after the police in DR Congo violently dispersed demonstrators heeding a call for protest by the country's opposition, which is opposed to the revision of the constitution at the Parliament. Full text...

  • Burundi: EU releases 8m euros for Burundi elections
    20 january 2015 11:03:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to release eight million euros in support of the general elections to be held in Burundi this year, according to a statement issued by the EU delegation on a visit to Bujumbura, the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone condemn terror attacks
    20 january 2015 09:51:50
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned the terror attacks and associated violence being witnessed in the various parts of the world. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians vote in presidential by-election
    20 january 2015 09:14:19
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambians started voting Tuesday in a presidential bye-election following the death on 28 Oct. 2014 of President Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front. Full text...

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