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  • Gambia: Rights groups say state of emergency no licence for repression
    18 january 2017 20:28:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two human rights groups have warned that outgoing President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia should provide no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the 19 January, 2017 deadline for the new government to take office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force deploys to Senegal for Gambian operations
    18 january 2017 19:58:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the 1 December, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan President appoints members of electoral body
    18 january 2017 19:51:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named a new Chairman of the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Commissioners of the electoral body. Full text...

  • Senegal: Three more Gambian Ministers resign from Jammeh's gov't
    18 january 2017 19:46:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Benjamin Roberts, who was recently named as Gambia's Finance Minister, has resigned along with two more ministers from Yahya Jammeh's government, PANA confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: MPs condemn 'unlawful interference' in Gambia’s internal affairs
    18 january 2017 15:47:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lawmakers in the tiny West African nation of the Gambia have adopted a resolution condemning alleged "unlawful and malicious interference" in the internal affairs of the country. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for African Affairs visits South Sudan, Ethiopia
    18 january 2017 15:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Wednesday began a one-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, to hold bilateral talks with senior South Sudanese government officials. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition leader says executive directive 'does not constitute law'
    18 january 2017 13:38:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian opposition leader and member of coalition that defeated President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December 2016 presidential election has said that an executive directive does not constitute law and cannot override the law. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian MPs extend term of Jammeh, National Assembly
    18 january 2017 12:56:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lawmakers in the Gambia on Tuesday endorsed a resolution that extends the term of office of President Yahya Jammeh and all members of the National Assembly for 90 days. Full text...

  • US: US again asks Gambian president Jammeh to hand over peacefully
    18 january 2017 06:54:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has again asked Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh to peacefully hand over to president-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday and prevent potential chaos. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh declares 90-day state of emergency in Gambia
    17 january 2017 19:03:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency asserting there is an "unwarranted hostile atmosphere threatening the sovereignty, peace, security and stability of the country." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission names new Special Representative in Liberia
    17 january 2017 17:59:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday appointed Ambassador Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of Sierra Leone as Special Representative and Head of the AU Liaison Office (AULO) in Liberia. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir commends bilateral relations with Belarus
    17 january 2017 17:31:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his visiting Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko signed on Tuesday an agreement of friendship and joint cooperation between their two countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: More ministers quit Jammeh's govt
    17 january 2017 15:52:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Kolley, along with two other ministers have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria moves to downgrade Tel Aviv embassy
    17 january 2017 13:51:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for the downgrading of the status of the South African embassy in Tell Aviv and for a complete review of relations with Israel following a meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, last week and the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane. Full text...

  • Gambia: Chief Justice says cannot stop President-elect Barrow inauguration
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbale has said he cannot stop the country's President-elect Adama Barrow from assuming office as scheduled on 19 January 2017. Full text...

  • Gambia: Delegation of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity to dialogue with Jammeh
    16 january 2017 21:10:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A delegation of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity has arrived in Banjul, the Gambia, to push for a peaceful transition of power from President Yahya Jammeh to President-elect Adama Barrow by 19 January, 2017. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh describes AU resolution on Gambia as irresponsible, malicious
    16 january 2017 14:29:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has described the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council Resolution on Gambia's current political impasse as irresponsible and malicious, meant to aggravate the political situation in the tiny West African country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes US lifting of sanctions on Sudan
    16 january 2017 08:40:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the lifting of economic sanctions by the United States on the Republic of Sudan, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Commission. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese political opponents blocked from travelling abroad
    15 january 2017 13:04:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has blocked leading figures of the umbrella opposition, Sudan Call group, from traveling to Paris where they are to participate in a meeting of the group in the French capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs consider military option over Gambian crisis
    15 january 2017 12:51:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, on Saturday hosted his fellow Chiefs of Defence Staff from other West African countries as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) steps up plans for a possible military action in the Gambia. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition leader's Israeli trip hits nerve
    14 january 2017 07:37:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A war of words has broken out between the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) after DA leader Mmusi Maimane met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week. Full text...

  • UN: UN 'saddened' by Gambian political crisis - Chambas
    14 january 2017 06:21:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Friday said his office was saddened by the unfolding political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders invite Gambian President-elect Barrow to Bamako Summit
    13 january 2017 21:50:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have invited Gambian President elect, Adama Barrow, to Saturday's Summit of the heads of States of the regional bloc in Bamako, Mali. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS mediation talks on Gambia fail again - Opposition spokesman
    13 january 2017 20:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Talks to resolve the political impasse in the Gambia have failed for the second time with the chief mediator, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, leaving the country immediately after the West African mediation team met outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes US decision on partial lift of sanctions
    13 january 2017 19:53:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday welcomed the decision taken by US President Barack Obama to partially lift sanctions imposed on Sudan saying Khartoum stands ready to cooperate with the new administration to boost world peace and combat all forms of terrorism. Full text...

  • Ghana: Akufo-Addo sacks heads of local governments, Ghana Cocoa Board
    13 january 2017 17:18:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revoked the appointments of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), who head of the various administrations at the local level, in what is seen as the beginning of the dismissal of political appointees. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU tells Jammeh to hand over power to Gambian President-elect Barrow
    13 january 2017 16:37:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognized by the African Union (AU) as legitimate President of the West African republic as of 19 January 2017, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU declared Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition says no court injunction can stop Barrow's inauguration
    13 january 2017 15:58:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Lawyer Mai Fatty, a leading member of Gambia's opposition coalition, has said that no court injunction can prevent President-elect Adama Barrow's inauguration on 19 January. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia's int'l partners concerned over dispute in Galmudug region
    13 january 2017 15:12:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - International partners supporting Somalia's transition to democratic governance have expressed concern about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled. Full text...

  • Gambia: Heavy security in Banjul ahead of ECOWAS leaders' arrival
    13 january 2017 08:05:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - There is heavy security in the Gambian capital, Banjul, ahead of the arrival on Friday of a delegation of West African leaders in another effort to convince president Yahya Jammeh to step down peacefully after losing the 1 December 2016 election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh files injunction to stop Barrow's inauguration
    13 january 2017 07:47:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has filed an injunction at the Court to stop the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow on 19 January, judicial sources have told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria backs efforts to end Gambian impasse
    13 january 2017 07:28:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has thrown its weight behind mediation efforts by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost the 1 December elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: US Embassy backs Supreme Court on Jammeh petition hearing
    12 january 2017 19:57:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The US Embassy in Banjul has expressed delight over The Gambia Supreme Court's decision not to hear the election petition filed by President Yahaya Jammeh without a quorum. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says Jammeh’s call for dialogue has come 'at the right time'
    12 january 2017 19:27:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has said outgoing President Yahya Jammeh's call for dialogue to resolve the political crisis has come "at the right time”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian MPs offer asylum to Gambian leader Jammeh
    12 january 2017 18:54:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Government to offer asylum to President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, who is refusing to hand over power despite losing a presidential election last month. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan president Bashir undergoes successful heart procedure
    12 january 2017 18:40:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir has undergone a successful heart procedure at a hospital in Khartoum, the presidency announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Full list of ministerial nominees announced by Ghana's president
    12 january 2017 18:20:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following is the full list of 36 people nominated by Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for ministerial positions following the release of the third batch of 11 names on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Martin Kobler meets Libyan MPs on political deal
    12 january 2017 13:16:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – UN envoy Martin Kobler, who is also chief of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Wednesday held talks with several members of the House of Representatives (Parliament) in Tripoli on the challenges related to the Libyan political deal. Full text...

  • Congo: France to support Congo during 2017 elections
    12 january 2017 13:01:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador to Congo, Bertrand Cochery, has said that his country will help the Congolese authorities during this year's parliamentary, senatorial and local elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan
    12 january 2017 09:27:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government says it will no longer recognise Taiwan as a country and rather pledged support for the "One China" policy. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for endorsement of DRC political accord
    11 january 2017 19:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on Wednesday urged the international community to push for a swift endorsement of the political accord in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to put in place a transitional government of national unity. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s new information minister says no inauguration of president-elect
    11 january 2017 19:33:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new Minister for Information, Communication Infrastructure and National Assembly matters, Seedy K. Njie has said there will be no inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow on 19 January and also dismissed rumours that President Yahya Jammeh is going to step down. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC extends EUCAP Sahel Mali mission for two years
    11 january 2017 18:18:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the European Union security mission EUCAP Sahel Mali for two years until 14 January 2019. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s new government poised for inauguration
    11 january 2017 17:08:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The office of Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has said the election petition by the defeated incumbent, President Yahya Jammeh, does not deprive the winner the right to prepare for his inauguration as President of the Republic on 19 January. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president names 12 more ministers
    11 january 2017 16:19:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday presented a second set of 12 ministers to Parliament for vetting bringing the total number so far to 25. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse
    11 january 2017 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Akufo-Addo names 13 ministers
    10 january 2017 17:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana's new President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday released the names of his first batch of 13 ministers, appointing former Finance minister Yaw Osafo-Marfo as his senior minister. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres outlines new vision for addressing global challenges
    10 january 2017 17:18:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has outlined a vision for addressing the enormous challenges facing the international community, including maintaining peace and security, promoting economic development, and combating climate change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, India agree to step up cooperation
    10 january 2017 16:19:00
    Kigali, Rwanda(PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged to maximise the economic potential of both countries to reflect the ongoing transformation of their economies and the global economic order, said an official statement issued Tuesday in Kigali by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Activists of new government invade state institutions, demand jobs
    10 january 2017 10:23:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Activists of the new Ghana government that was inaugurated only last Saturday have invaded several state institutions seizing state property and demanding jobs. Full text...

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