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  • 'Let's put election behind us,' President Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans
    13 august 2018 13:24:06
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday urged Zimbabweans to put the 30 July election behind them, forge ahead and work for economic development. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party prepares to contest opposition party's election petition
    13 august 2018 11:00:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) says it will on Monday file its papers to contest the election petition filed by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, which that claims that its leader Nelson Chamisa and not President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the 30 July elections. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ramaphosa salutes Kabila for "honouring" constitution
    11 august 2018 07:37:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has praised President Joseph Kabila for respecting DRC’s constitution not to contest the December election. Full text...

  • EU reinforces sanctions on South Sudan
    10 august 2018 20:50:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union announced Friday it has transposed UN Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) which notably imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan and added two persons to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures. Full text...

  • Former Chilean President Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief
    10 august 2018 20:29:23
    New York, US (PANA) - After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down
    10 august 2018 20:21:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe opposition party challenges election result in court
    10 august 2018 18:07:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, on Friday filed papers at the Constitutional Court challenging the results of the 30 July presidential election with its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, tweeting that they have a "good case and cause". Full text...

  • Libyan Prime Minister calls for unification of Army
    10 august 2018 12:35:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Thursday called for the unification of the country's military who, despite the division and lack of equipment, stood valiantly alongside the security forces against terrorists, mercenaries, smugglers, and human traffickers. Full text...

  • President Trump signs bill setting tough conditions for Zimbabwe's engagement with US
    10 august 2018 12:13:12
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Donald Trump has signed into law the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Bill of 2018 (ZEDERA), the White House has said. Full text...

  • US 'gravely concerned' about detentions, beatings in Zimbabwe post-election violence
    10 august 2018 11:48:58
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States government says it is "gravely concerned" by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance faces Friday deadline to challenge election results in court
    10 august 2018 06:36:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance faces a Friday deadline to challenge the 30 July controversial presidential election that gave victory to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’
    10 august 2018 05:16:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”. Full text...

  • Ghana president reshuffles cabinet
    09 august 2018 19:53:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday carried out the first reshuffled of his 18-month-old government. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Court grants Zimbabwe opposition leader Biti US$5,000 bail
    09 august 2018 19:36:28
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Tendai Biti was on Thursday granted US$5,000 bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Mr Francis Mapfumo, the local media reported. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe police confirm arrest of opposition leader, Biti
    09 august 2018 14:12:08
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe police have confirmed the arrest of opposition leader, Mr Tendai Biti, after he was handed over to Zimbabwean officials by the Zambian authorities on Thursday morning. Full text...

  • Study suggests specific roles for member states to make SADC more effective
    09 august 2018 12:10:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are due to meet in Windhoek next week for their 38th annual summit when Namibia's President Hage Geingob will assume chairmanship of the organisation, taking over from his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern about forced return of Zimbabwean opposition leader
    09 august 2018 11:44:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about reports of the forced return of a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker by Zambia to his country of origin and asked the Zambian government to investigate the incident "urgently". Full text...

  • Zambia denies asylum claims by six Zimbabwe opposition leaders
    09 august 2018 06:41:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian immigration authorities on Wednesday rejected a claim of asylum by Tendai Biti, a leading figure in the Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance who fled post-election violence and certain arrest in his country. Full text...

  • Rights group hails President Kabila’s decision not to contest election
    09 august 2018 06:24:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has welcomed the news that the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, will not be a candidate in the 23 December election and said it should be followed by concrete human rights steps. Full text...

  • AUC deputy chair meets Africans in diaspora in Caribbean, seeks to advance the African agenda world-wide
    08 august 2018 14:28:15
    Kingston, Jamaica (PANA) - Before concluding his visit to the Caribbean (7 August), the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amb. Kwesi Quartey, held talks with government officials, met representatives of the Africans in diaspora community and led emancipation commemoration events Full text...

  • AU hails South Sudan peace deal
    07 august 2018 15:57:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday described an agreement concluded in Khartoum, Sudan by South Sudanese rivals as “an important step in ending the conflict in South Sudan and the suffering inflicted on its people”. Full text...

  • Libya High National Elections Commission ready for forthcoming elections
    07 august 2018 13:55:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad Al-Sayeh, has reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to hold the elections on time, through the geographical constituencies. Full text...

  • New book chronicles Mugabe's fall from grace
    07 august 2018 11:46:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after Zimbabwe’s historic elections, a new book published in South Africa reveals the dramatic fall from power of that country’s former president, Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • South Sudan peace deal a ‘big step forward’: UN mission chief
    07 august 2018 05:40:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As South Sudanese jubilate about a new peace agreement, the top UN official in the country has described the accord as “a big step forward” towards ending nearly five years of brutal conflict. Full text...

  • Ghana president Akufo-Addo sacks his Energy Minister over 'fraudulent' energy deal
    06 august 2018 20:24:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday sacked his Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, over the controversial review deal of an electricity generation agreement that the opposition, energy experts and civil society organisations described as fraudulent. Full text...

  • Kenyatta for White House meeting with President Trump
    06 august 2018 19:39:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been invited to attend a presidential confab at the White House on 27 Aug 2018 to discuss strategic issues between Kenya and the US, a White House spokesperson said on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudan peace pact not excuse to mobilise for war - Museveni warns
    06 august 2018 16:05:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has warned South Sudanese foes against using the peace agreement signed in Khartoum as an excuse to mobilise for war. Full text...

  • South Sudanese gov't, opposition sign final peace deal, end 4 years of conflict
    06 august 2018 15:23:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The parties to the conflict in South Sudan on Sunday evening signed a final peace pact, ending more than four years of conflict in the youngest nation. Full text...

  • AUC pledges support to DR Congo's electoral process
    06 august 2018 12:54:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - "Guided by the relevant instruments, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union will spare no efforts to help mobilize the necessary technical and logistical support for the successful organization of the DR Congo elections, scheduled for December 2018." Full text...

  • Kenyatta congratulates Zimbabwean President on election outcome
    06 august 2018 09:22:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent congratulatory messages to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the elections which took place in the Southern Africa nation. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation ends four-nation tour
    05 august 2018 07:39:01
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by governing board President Mahmood Yakubu has ended a four-nation Needs Assessment and Solidarity Mission, pledging support for Togo’s 20 December parliamentary elections endorsed by the Lome Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission to help secure Guinea Bissau's November polls
    04 august 2018 09:43:32
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS peace Mission in Guinea Bissau, ECOMIB, has reassured a visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) of its total commitment to complementing the national security agencies in securing Guinea Bissau’s parliamentary elections slated for 18 November. Full text...

  • US urges Zimbabwe stakeholders to pursue election grievances peacefully
    04 august 2018 09:38:39
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has urged all stakeholders and citizens in Zimbabwe to pursue any grievances in connection with last Monday's elections peacefully and through established legal channels. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Mnangagwa pledges to serve all Zimbabweans
    03 august 2018 18:22:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged to serve all Zimbabweans irrespective of political affiliation following his election that has been drowned in controversy as the opposition has refused to accept the results. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Mnangagwa's supporters celebrate double victory, Chamisa prepares to challenge results of Zim polls
    03 august 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Supporters of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have on Friday been celebrating their double victory in last Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • International observers condemn Zimbabwe's post-election violence
    03 august 2018 11:45:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - International Election Observer Missions to Zimbabwe have condemned the bloody post-election violence that rocked the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and extended their sympathies to all those affected when police cracked down on the opposition demonstrators. Full text...

  • ECONEC, Nigeria mobilise support for Guinea Bissau’s November polls
    03 august 2018 10:06:47
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - At the request of the Guinea Bissau government and facilitation by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), the Nigerian government is to provide crucial logistics and voter registration support to facilitate the holding of Guinea Bissau’s November legislative elections. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa on poll win
    03 august 2018 08:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday saluted his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election victory. Full text...

  • HRW calls for 'immediate, impartial' investigation of Harare post-election protests
    03 august 2018 06:12:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government should immediately and impartially investigate the use of force by security forces to clamp down on post-election protests in Harare last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa wins presidential election
    03 august 2018 00:06:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Monday's controversial presidential election, beating the main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, according to official results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announces final parliamentary election results
    02 august 2018 11:25:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday declared the results of the final three constituencies in last Monday's parliamentary elections with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance winning 2 seats and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) winning the third one. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition party condemns Harare bloodshed
    02 august 2018 10:10:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the use of live ammunition on unarmed civilians in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Uneasy calm in Harare after bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators
    02 august 2018 10:03:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is uneasy calm on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Wednesday's bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators who claimed their victory in Monday's elections had been stolen. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau appeals for electoral support
    02 august 2018 09:16:29
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau’s Interior Minister Mutaro Djalo has appealed to development partners and friendly nations for support to enable the country conduct a success legislative election next November and mitigate the country’s political fragility. Full text...

  • ECONEC, UNDP discuss support for Guinea Bissau polls
    02 august 2018 08:14:24
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, met on Wednesday with officials of the UNDP Office in Bissau to discuss Guinea Bissau’s November parliamentary election and areas of support for the national electoral Commission, CNE. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau Supreme Court president receives ECONEC delegation
    02 august 2018 06:30:39
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The Predident of Guinea Bissau's Supreme Court Justice Paulo Sanha on Tuesday in Bissau received a visiting delegation of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President Prof Mahmood Yakubu. Full text...

  • UN calls for restraint in Zimbabwe; presidential election results expected to be announced
    02 august 2018 05:04:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations is calling for restraint in Zimbabwe where deadly clashes in Harare on Wednesday between demonstrators of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protesting Monday's election results claimed three lives. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: 3 killed in Zimbabwe election violence; President Mnangagwa blames opposition MDC Alliance
    01 august 2018 20:10:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Three people have died in Wednesday's violence in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protested against results of Monday's elections in the Southern African country, police said. Full text...

  • Buhari, Gambian leader hold talks in Abuja
    01 august 2018 18:39:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held talks with visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe as poll results show ruling party wins two-thirds of parliamentary seats
    01 august 2018 15:25:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Violence erupted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as parliamentary results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed that the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has won a landslide victory in Monday's vote. Full text...

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