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  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian nationalist, Ekra, dies at 98
    23 february 2015 08:33:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - A founding father of Cote d'Ivoire, Mathieu Vangah Ekra, died on Sunday at the age of 98, PANA learnt from officials sources here Monday. Full text...

  • Togo: Civil society demands constitutional reform before presidential poll in Togo
    22 february 2015 14:33:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Two civil society organizations have called for institutional and constitutional reforms in Togo before the holding of the presidential elections due in April this year. Full text...

  • Togo: OIF says there is 'crisis of confidence' among Togolese political stakeholders
    21 february 2015 16:28:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The head of the electoral evaluation mission for the International Francophone Organization (OIF), Malian General Siaka Sangaré, has said there is "a crisis of confidence" among actors in the Togolese electoral process. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to recall ambassador in Libya for investigation
    21 february 2015 14:08:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has decided to recall its former ambassador in Libya, Ridha Boukadi, who resigned on 5 February, to open an investigation into the recent declarations made to media in which he accused the foreign affairs ministry of lethargy with regard to the information he provided to Tunisian leaders of the banned organization “Ansar Acharia", says the Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Taieb Baccouche, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: France warns against non-formation of national unity government
    21 february 2015 12:05:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The French foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, has said that the number one objective in Libya is the formation of a national unity government with the support of the international community, threatening to take extra measures if such government is not formed. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Nigerian govt to uphold new dates for elections
    20 february 2015 21:05:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the Nigerian government to ensure that the new dates set for the country’s general elections are maintained. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC Summit calls for immediate ceasefire in South Sudan
    20 february 2015 17:48:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders Friday called for an immediate ceasefire in South Sudan at the end of a one-day Summit, which considered a report on whether South Sudan should be allowed to join the currently five-member East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • Kenya: East African leaders agree to bolster regional trade
    20 february 2015 16:40:44
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  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Burundi on free, fair elections
    19 february 2015 07:53:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year, stressing the need to stop intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment of the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh pays tribute to Gambia's independence leader
    18 february 2015 19:05:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has paid tribute to former Gambian leader Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and other African leaders who fought against colonialism in Gambia and Africa as a whole. Full text...

  • Ghana: Main opposition party demonstrates against electricity shortage in Ghana
    18 february 2015 16:10:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thousands of supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) poured into the streets of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Wednesday to protest against the crippling shortage of electricity that has disrupted economic activity and social life in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma grilled by MPs in Parliament
    18 february 2015 14:18:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday spent his second day on the firing line as MPs slammed him for last week’s State of the Nation address which saw armed policemen enter the Chamber to remove opposition MPs. Full text...

  • Congo: UNESCO ambassador urges Congolese youth to work for peaceful election
    17 february 2015 20:45:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – UNESCO goodwill ambassador A’Salfo, leader of the Ivorian musical group, Magic System, on Tuesday urged Congolese youth to work for peace and cohesion ahead of the presidential election due next year, official sources said. Full text...

  • Algeria: Fifth round of inter-Malian talks opens in Algiers
    17 february 2015 19:21:25
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The international mediation team for the inter-Malian peace talks, which entered the fifth round Tuesday in Algiers, has appealed to the parties in conflict to seize that opportunity and reach a sustainable peace deal. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia backs talks between Libyan parties in conflict
    17 february 2015 18:37:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has welcomed the request made by Egypt for a military intervention in Libya and assured that it would cooperate on any decision from the UN Security Council about the Libyan crisis, the spokesperson for the Tunisian Foreign Affairs ministry, Mokhtar Chaouachi said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral body distributes 52 million voter cards
    17 february 2015 16:39:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 28 March presidential election in Nigeria, the country's electoral body said it had distributed some 52,233,396 voter cards, representing 75.88% of the total number of registered voters (68.8 million). Full text...

  • South Africa: Parties move to prevent cellphone jamming in Parliament
    17 february 2015 12:56:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An urgent application to prohibit the use of mobile network blocking devices in the South African Parliament got under way in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, EU meet with President Jonathan on rescheduled elections
    16 february 2015 17:44:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Senior officials of the European Union (EU) Observation Mission and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission have tasked Nigerian political stakeholders to comply with rules guiding the conduct of the forthcoming elections in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military accuses Obasanjo of "unbecoming conduct, unguarded utterances"
    16 february 2015 15:18:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Monday reacted forcefully to statements credited to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, last weekend in which he alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan plotted the postponement of the general elections because he planned to use the military to subvert peoples’ will during the rescheduled elections of 28 March and 11 April, 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-President Obasanjo formally quits ruling party
    16 february 2015 14:18:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the culmination of the numerous public clashes between him and President Goodluck Jonathan, former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday tore his membership card of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), signalling his formal exit from 'Africa's largest party'. Full text...

  • South Africa: House Speaker under fire over "cockroach" comment
    16 february 2015 11:13:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The fallout from Thursday’s explosive State of the Nation address continues to reverberate around South Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Leaders of Central Africa to meet on Boko Haram
    15 february 2015 13:50:29
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, will on Monday host an extraordinary summit of heads of State and government from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) devoted to the fight against Boko Haram, official sources told PANA on Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya welcomes India Tourist Visa inclusion
    14 february 2015 17:03:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has welcomed the inclusion of Kenya in India’s new Tourist Visa on arrival programme, saying that the move will enhance commercial as well as other visits to India. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italy worried over likely consequences of Libyan crisis on Europe
    13 february 2015 17:20:40
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Italian Prime Minister Mateo Renzi has suggested resolving the Libyan crisis within a European framework on the grounds that Libya "is a country out of control, where anarchy prevails with the threat of being transformed into an Islamic Caliphate”, Italy's Interior minister, Angelino Alfano, was quoted by Tunisian media on Friday as saying Thursday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU chief of diplomacy visits Tunisia
    13 february 2015 16:31:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mongherini, visited Tunisia on Friday saying her trip was an expression of the importance which the EU attaches to its relations with the North African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa in Lesotho for election talks
    13 february 2015 15:53:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday arrived in Lesotho as part of the regional efforts to consolidate peace and security in the country, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Charges against opposition officials carry death penalty'
    13 february 2015 14:40:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The State security prosecution has leveled charges, which carry the death penalty, against prominent opposition detainees, according to the local newspapers. Full text...

  • Morocco: Mezouar, Ross discuss western Saraha issue
    13 february 2015 13:47:40
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, on Thursday held talks with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General in Sahara, Christopher Ross, who is visiting Morocco within the framework of a regional trip that will also take him to the Sahara refugee camps in Tindouf, Algiers and Nouakchott. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos in Parliament during Zuma's State of the Nation address
    12 february 2015 20:00:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were chaotic scenes in Parliament on Thursday night after police and security personnel entered the Chamber to evict MPs who disrupted President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan assures he'll hand over if he loses 28 March poll
    12 february 2015 08:10:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan plans to perpetuate himself in power, he has assured he will hand over to the winner of the 28 March presidential election if he loses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US Envoy urges Nigerians to vote peacefully
    12 february 2015 00:36:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Consul General in Nigeria, Mr Jeffery Hawkins, has called on Nigerians to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner by coming out to vote visionary leaders of their choice that can effect the real change in the country during next month's reschedule elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Nigerian prelate stresses importance of free, fair elections
    11 february 2015 20:49:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The president of Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said many were unhappy with the country general elections being postponed, but has assured the faithful that efforts being made are to protect citizens and to ensure elections are fair, church news agency Zenit reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party accuses INEC head of collaboration with leading opposition party
    11 february 2015 19:20:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday in Abuja accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair, Professor Attahiru Jega, of collaborating with the leading opposition All Progressives' Congress (APC) "to make the outcome of the 2015 general elections favourable to them." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal govt warns diplomats dabbling in Nigeria's internal affairs
    11 february 2015 18:53:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government Wednesday declared as “unacceptable” the conduct of some heads of diplomatic missions in the country, accusing them of making “unguarded utterances and interfering in its internal affairs.” Full text...

  • Mauritius: Police grill former Mauritian PM about cash stashed in his house
    11 february 2015 17:16:47
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Former Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam faces a tough police inquiry after two safes containing huge amounts of money, including lots of foreign currency, were discovered at his home over the weekend, PANA has reported from the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU congratulates new Tunisian government
    11 february 2015 16:20:34
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has congratulated Tunisia's new Prime Minister, Habib Assid, and his government for the vote of confidence given by the Assembly of the people's representatives, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says it has no plan to interfere in nation's democratic process
    11 february 2015 13:29:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Apparently feeling the heat from critics of its alleged role in Saturday's six-week postponement of the 2015 elections, the Nigerian military Wednesday restated its commitment to supporting the nation’s democracy as constitutionally guaranteed. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Census shift raises fears over tenure elongation
    11 february 2015 13:12:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's government decision last week to defer the Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Uganda agree to curb activities of rebel movements
    10 february 2015 20:47:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Foreign Ministry says Khartoum and Kampala have reached an understanding to end activities of armed Sudanese rebel movements that use Ugandan territories as springboard to launch subversive attack against Sudan. Full text...

  • Algeria: Malian PM hails Algiers’ role in inter-Malian talks
    10 february 2015 19:02:04
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita, on a working visit to Algeria, on Tuesday praised the “excellent role played by Algiers in the inclusive inter-Malian dialogue" and expressed his country's “great hope to see the fifth round of talks end with a peace and stability deal for Mali." Full text...

  • Libya: Inter-Libyan talks to reopen Wednesday in Ghadames
    10 february 2015 18:40:05
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A new cycle of Libyan political dialogue will be held Wednesday in the city of Ghadames, an oasis located in the southwest of the country, one of the 94 members of the National General Congress (NGC) was quoted Tuesday by the newspaper al-Wassat as saying. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes dialogue between Mozambique president, opposition leader
    10 february 2015 17:20:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed meetings between Full text...

  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended
    10 february 2015 08:46:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended by four weeks the collection of the biometric voter cards, called Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), following the recent six-week postponement of the country's general elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Canada concerned about postponement of Nigerian general elections
    09 february 2015 19:32:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, Mr. Deepak Obhrai, on Monday expressed his government's concern about the postponement of Nigeria’s presidential, legislative and state elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Telecom Company unveils app to enhance voter education in Nigeria
    09 february 2015 15:41:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Telecommunication Company, MTN, has unveiled an app which is aimed at educating voters in Nigeria about the forthcoming general elections, global telecoms monitor Pyramid Research said Monday in its daily news update. Full text...

  • Algeria: Libya's neighbours meet Thursday in N'Djamena
    09 february 2015 14:37:20
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Libya’s neighbouring countries will meet on Thursday in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, to continue their consultations on the Libyan crisis, the Algerian deputy minister for Maghreb and African affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, said here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Belarus to establish Diplomatic Presence
    09 february 2015 14:27:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Belarus have begun talks aimed at establishing diplomatic presence between the two countries, the Kenya Foreign and International Trade press desk said in a news dispatch from Munich, Germany. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Accept election shift in good faith, ECOWAS tells Nigerians
    09 february 2015 13:26:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has urged political actors in Nigeria to respect the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the country's general elections by six weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma responds to threats to disrupt his State of the Nation address
    09 february 2015 12:11:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tension is running high ahead of Thursday’s much-anticipated State of the Nation address by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who has not appeared in Parliament since November following a near riot which prevented him from completing a question-and-answer session with MPs. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigeria on credible, free, transparent elections
    08 february 2015 19:23:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday noted the decision of the Nigerian Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the general elections, initially scheduled for 14 February 2015, and urged the electoral authorities to take all necessary measures, to enable all eligible citizens, including those displaced, to exercise their right to vote in a timely manner. Full text...

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