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  • Gambian minister says President Barrow 'not moving an inch'
    09 january 2018 10:09:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The head of Gambia's ruling Coalition that brought President Adama Barrow to power, Hamat Bah, has taken a swipe at fellow coalition leaders who are asking the president to leave office after three years. Full text...

  • Gambia opposition party convoy 'attacked' in President Barrow’s hometown
    09 january 2018 09:40:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A large convoy carrying opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reconciliation and Construction (APRC) party supporters has been attacked in Basse Upper River Region, leaving at least 30 persons injured, party officials told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council hails Liberia's just-ended presidential polls
    08 january 2018 19:16:53
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media for the peaceful conduct of the 26 December presidential runoff election. Full text...

  • Gambia's former ruling party urges patience among supporters
    08 january 2018 14:47:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The spokesperson for the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reconciliation and Construction party (APRC), has urged supporters of the party to be patient, assuring them that the party will bounce back in the next general election. Full text...

  • Western Sahara: UN chief urges easing of tensions in Guerguerat area
    07 january 2018 11:46:37
    Smara, Western Sahara (PANA) - Deeply concerned over rising tensions near Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday called for maximum restraint in the area. Full text...

  • South Africa Rand surges as President Zuma fights for his political life
    05 january 2018 17:44:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Rand has surged to its highest levels since mid-2015 amid speculation that President Jacob Zuma could be sidelined as early as next week. Full text...

  • Kenyan President retains six ministers in new Cabinet
    05 january 2018 17:39:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta retained six out of his 19 Cabinet Secretaries and overhauled the top Command of the Police. Full text...

  • EU commends Liberians for 'high, peaceful' participation in national polls
    05 january 2018 13:45:19
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The European External Action Service (EEAS) has commended the Liberian people for the high and peaceful participation in the recent presidential and legislative elections. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson urges Ethiopians to uphold forgiveness, national unity
    04 january 2018 18:26:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday called on all Ethiopians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to embrace and sustain the spirit of forgiveness and unity in the interest of their country. Full text...

  • President-elect Weah gives Liberians first hint of free speech
    04 january 2018 17:58:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – President-elect George Weah on Thursday hinted that his administration will condone freedom of speech when he told Liberians to discuss politics without fearing backlashes. Full text...

  • Most gov’t travels externally funded, Gambian VP says
    04 january 2018 14:21:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Reacting to criticisms that senior government officials are engaged in frequent foreign travels costing tax payers millions, Gambia’s vice President, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, says most of such travels are at the expense of host governments or parties. Full text...

  • Gambian minister calls on Barrow to quit after 3 years
    04 january 2018 13:41:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Agriculture, Omar Jallow, has asked President Adama Barrow to leave office after three years, saying that the president was selected by the opposition coalition to preside over a transitional government for three years. Full text...

  • World leaders cheer Weah on election as Liberia's president
    04 january 2018 13:33:49
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – More congratulatory messages have continued to be showered on Senator George Weah following his election as President of Liberia on 26 December. Full text...

  • South African anti-apartheid activist dead at 79
    04 january 2018 06:11:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Anti-apartheid activist and poet Keorapetse Kgositsile died in Johannesburg on Wednesday after suffering from breathing problems. He was 79. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's ruling party leadership promises major concession to political prisoners
    03 january 2018 18:41:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia's ruling party has offered to take responsibility for months of political unrest by ordering the release of individuals detained for various political reasons, party leaders said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns attempt to kidnap press freedom defender in DR Congo
    03 january 2018 18:33:28
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned an attack by gunmen on the Kinshasa home of Tshivis Tshivuadi, the secretary-general of the Congolese media freedom NGO, Journalist in Danger (JED). Full text...

  • AU Commission Chair says 2017 was particularly eventful, "youth our priority"
    01 january 2018 15:47:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saying that 2017 has been a particularly eventful year, the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, revealed on Sunday that "Youth has been at the center of our agenda", as the organization worked to open up opportunities for them in every field. Full text...

  • President Zuma addresses economic challenges
    01 january 2018 10:40:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has called for radical transformation of the economy in his New Years message. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition promises pursuit of major political reforms in 2018
    01 january 2018 10:05:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The main opposition alliance in Kenya has promised to pursue major political reforms in the New Year, starting with the release of its programme of civil disobedience and economic boycotts, opposition leader Raila Odinga, said in his New Year message. Full text...

  • Akufo-Addo promises 'drastic transformation' as Ghanaians welcome New Year
    01 january 2018 04:27:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the country will this year witness "drastic transformation" as his government works to deliver more campaign promises. Full text...

  • Zambian president congratulates Liberia’s president-elect Weah
    30 december 2017 15:45:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Liberia’s president-elect George Weah for his victory following that country’s run-off presidential election on 26 December. Full text...

  • UN chief congratulates Weah on Liberia election victory
    30 december 2017 04:18:24
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday congratulated George Weah on his election as the next President of Liberia, and commended Vice-President Joseph Boakai for conceding defeat. Full text...

  • Liberia's election body declares Weah president with 61.5% of votes
    29 december 2017 18:33:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Friday declared ex-football star George Weah as President of Liberia after announcing the final batch of results from the 26 December presidential runoff poll. Full text...

  • Loser Boakai congratulates winner Weah in Liberian polls
    29 december 2017 14:34:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Losing candidate in Liberia’s presidential run-off, incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, has congratulated winner George Weah after preliminary results were announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Ex-Ghanaian leader hails Liberia's presidential runoff polls
    29 december 2017 13:19:30
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s former President John Mahama, who headed the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, has congratulated Liberians for the successful 26 December presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • Kenyatta salutes Liberian President-elect George Weah
    29 december 2017 13:12:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Liberian President-elect George Weah, saying his victory was a triumph of democracy in the West African nation. Full text...

  • South Africa court rules that National Assembly failed to sanction Zuma
    29 december 2017 11:00:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that the National Assembly failed to put in place mechanisms to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for squandering public money on the upgrade to his multi-million dollar private residence. Full text...

  • 'Legacy of UN Mission in Liberia tied to outgoing President Johnson Sirleaf'
    28 december 2017 22:53:21
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The legacy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the outgoing President of Liberia, is connected to the legacy of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMIL), which will wind down in March after 15 years of operations, a senior UN official said. Full text...

  • Weah literally Liberia's next president after initial runoff results
    28 december 2017 18:48:48
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Ex-footballer George Weah took a comfortable lead Thursday after the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced preliminary results from Liberia presidential runoff polls held 26 December. Full text...

  • EU election mission bills Liberia's presidential runoff poll "very good"
    28 december 2017 17:59:32
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief Observer, Maria Arena, has said that the 26 December presidential run-off election in Liberia was “calm and benefited from organizational improvements made by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Liberian President Sirleaf sets up transition team
    28 december 2017 17:26:36
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has constituted a Joint Presidential Transition Team to oversee the transfer of power from her administration t0 the incoming one. Full text...

  • Sustained cooperation vital to address Somalia’s challenges, says UN envoy
    27 december 2017 22:31:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In a year which saw millions of Somali civilians displaced by armed conflict and thousands more killed and wounded in violence, the United Nations envoy to the country has called for sustained cooperation to tackle a number of pressing challenges. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges fairness, openness, transparency in final stage of Liberia’s runoff poll
    27 december 2017 19:58:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) on Wednesday urged Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) to approach the concluding phases of Tuesday’s runoff between two leading candidates with fairness, openness and transparency until the proclamation of results. Full text...

  • UN chief dispatches Nigeria’s Obasanjo to support power transfer in Liberia
    27 december 2017 18:03:59
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election in Liberia, and announced that he has sent former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo to support the country in the first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years. Full text...

  • Observers of Liberia's presidential runoff poll meet
    27 december 2017 14:23:18
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana's former President and Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Observation Mission, John Mahama, on Wednesday met with heads of other International observer groups to review the Tuesday's presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ceasefire between Congo, Pastor Ntumi
    27 december 2017 06:54:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Congo and a group led by Reverend Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • Low voter turnout, peace mark Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    26 december 2017 18:17:51
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Poor voter turnout and peaceful ballot casting marked Liberia’s delayed presidential run-off election Tuesday across the country as polling stations shut down. Full text...

  • Keating says pervasive corruption in politics retards progress in Somalia
    26 december 2017 18:13:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – When the most powerful actors in Somalia cooperate, whether the Federal Government, Federal Member States, parliamentarians, clan elders, business or the international community, great progress can be made, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Erdogan concludes three-day state visit to Sudan
    26 december 2017 16:39:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey left Khartoum on Tuesday after a three-day state visit to Sudan at the invitation of President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Former Gambian minister forms new party
    26 december 2017 12:32:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh, a former Gambian Information Minister, has signaled the formation of a new political party which will soon be inaugurated in the West African country. Full text...

  • Polls open in delayed Liberia presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 09:46:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Polls have opened in Liberia as voters choose a new president in the delayed presidential run-off on Tuesday that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Liberians vote in delayed presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 07:01:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberians go to the polls on Tuesday in the delayed presidential run-off that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Former Ghana president calls for peaceful Liberia presidential rerun vote
    25 december 2017 19:01:49
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, on Monday met with the two candidates for the 26 December rescheduled presidential run-of and appealed for their maximum cooperation to ensure a peaceful and credible election, an ECOWAS official said. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president meets election observers for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    25 december 2017 17:46:14
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Head of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission to Liberia, Ghana's former President John Mahama, on Monday met with heads of other International observer groups ahead of the delayed 26 December presidential run-off. Full text...

  • Ghana's ex-president Mahama arrives for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    24 december 2017 17:57:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana's immediate past President, John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in Monrovia at the head of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission for Liberia's presidential run-off on 26 December. Full text...

  • President Erdogan of Turkey arrives in Khartoum
    24 december 2017 14:13:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Reccep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey arrived in Khartoum Sunday on a three-day state visit to the Sudan, the first ever by a Turkish president. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes announcement on next Executive Director
    24 december 2017 11:20:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UNICEF has welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement on Friday that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as the UNICEF Executive Director when Lake's term ends on 31 December, 2017. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes South Sudan agreement to revive peace process
    24 december 2017 10:55:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the recent agreement by the South Sudan government and opposition groups to revive the stalled peace process, and called for the inclusion of refugees in shaping the destiny of the country. Full text...

  • Southern Libya adopts charter for reconciliation
    23 december 2017 18:35:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 55 representatives from the South of Libya have concluded a three-day Forum in Tunis by adopting a general Charter for Reconciliation, and committed its signatory parties to build wider support for it and encourage a greater number of constituencies to abide to it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president promotes former military chief in ruling party
    23 december 2017 17:51:42
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted the man who led the military action that led to the resignation of President Robert Mugabe and his subsequent elevation to the post of president of the Southern African country last month. Full text...

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