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  • South Africa: ANC women endorse Dlamini-Zuma as party's next leader
    08 january 2017 07:19:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Outgoing African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been endorsed by as the next leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by the ruling party’s women’s division. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum expects US to lift sanctions on Sudan
    07 january 2017 16:34:33
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA ) – Sudan is ready to cooperate further with the the United States in combating international terrorism and human trafficking, in observance of its higher interests, a senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's new president takes office
    07 january 2017 13:42:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's new president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday took office with a pledge to do all in his power to justify the expectation of his countrymen and accomplish his mandate. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's ruling ANC gears for 105th birthday celebrations
    07 january 2017 07:05:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is gearing for Sunday’s Soweto rally to commemorate its 105th birthday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's new parliament inaugurated
    07 january 2017 04:55:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's new parliament was inaugurated early on Saturday morning ahead of the swearing-in of president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to attend inauguration of Ghanaian new President
    06 january 2017 18:46:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday attend the inauguration ceremony of Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chinese Foreign Minister undertakes five-nation Africa tour
    06 january 2017 08:29:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to five African countries from 7-12 January at the invitation of his counterparts in those countries, PANA confirmed in Dar es Salaam on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s ruling party petitions electoral commission
    05 january 2017 13:51:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party on Thursday filed an election petition requesting the Supreme Court here to nullify the presidential election results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on 2 December 2016. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president Mahama bows out, extols high points of his term
    05 january 2017 12:06:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Thursday delivered his last State of the Nation address to Parliament, extolling the high points of his term of office and urging Ghanaians to support president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo who takes office on 7 January. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN envoy discusses normalisation of Khartoum-Juba ties
    05 january 2017 09:56:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's joint special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Haison has separately conferred with President Omar al-Bashir and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour in Khartoum on prospects of normalisation of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council hails DRC accord, urges efforts to resolve remaining issues
    05 january 2017 07:23:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday welcomed a comprehensive political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and called on all stakeholders to continue to exercise flexibility and compromise in their discussions to swiftly resolve all pending issues, particularly those related to the holding of elections in the country within 2017. Full text...

  • US: US expresses 'deep concern' at renewed fighting in central Libya
    05 january 2017 07:11:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is deeply concerned at renewed fighting between Libyans in the central region of the country, which, it notes, will only benefit Daesh and other violent extremists there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to ensure peaceful resolution of Gambian crisis
    04 january 2017 19:24:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will do everything possible to help Gambia have a peaceful resolution to its political crisis, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Wednesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Gambia: President-elect condemns crackdown against opposition, media
    04 january 2017 19:02:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has condemned the crackdown against opposition voices and closure of independent radio stations, calling on the outgoing government of President Yahya Jammeh to release arrested people and allow two radio stations shut down by the authorities to broadcast. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's construction consultants urge Jammeh to hand over power
    04 january 2017 16:33:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia Association of Construction Consultants on Wednesday urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • UN: Amid threat of renewed conflict in Libya, UN envoy urges restraint
    04 january 2017 16:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has expressed concern at escalating tensions and threat of renewed conflict following developments in central Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's president-elect calls for end to arbitrary arrests, media closure
    04 january 2017 14:29:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has called on outgoing government of president Yahya Jammeh to end arbitrary arrests and detentions and closure of media houses in the West African nation. Full text...

  • US: New UN boss announces decisions to improve UN 'effectiveness, efficiency'
    04 january 2017 13:16:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he has taken several decisions on his first working day in office to improve the world body's effectiveness and efficiency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections
    04 january 2017 09:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Uganda: Pall of uncertainty hangs on Uganda's political future
    04 january 2017 08:22:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - There is a collective sense of uncertainty in Uganda about what happens at the end of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s current tenure in 2021, according to long-standing opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian politician urges caution in use of military option in Gambia
    04 january 2017 07:07:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian politician is urging caution in the use of the military option in the Gambia saying such an action could threaten the entire sub-region. Full text...

  • UN: Antonio Guterres assumes duties, calls for teamwork
    03 january 2017 18:24:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday assumed duties at the UN headquarters in New York, with a call for teamwork and multilateralism to achieve UN objectives, as well as to promote global peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC chief executive concedes graft is rife in South Africa's ruling party
    03 january 2017 17:32:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday conceded that corruption within South Africa's ruling party has become rife and needs to be addressed. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania, India exempt visa for diplomatic/service passport holders
    03 january 2017 07:29:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Holders of diplomatic and official/service passports of Tanzania and India no longer require visa to travel to either of the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation announced in Dares Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes DR Congo political agreement
    03 january 2017 07:26:01
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the 31 December signing of an inclusive political compromise agreement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and opposition party leaders. Full text...

  • Gambia: President-elect responds to Jammeh's New Year message
    02 january 2017 19:48:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has responded to outgoing President Yahya Jammeh's New Year message, saying a national leader should speak for the people and the speech should inspire certainty and hope rather than promote uncertainty and despair. Full text...

  • Sudan: US congratulates Sudan on Independence Day
    02 january 2017 08:07:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US has congratulated the Sudanese people on the occasion of their national day, which fell on Sunday, expressing the hope that the year ahead would bring sustainable peace to the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Presidential election dominates Kenya's New Year celebrations
    01 january 2017 17:53:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The August 2017 presidential and general elections In Kenya is dominating discussions among Kenyans and featuring in activities marking New Year celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes signing of political agreement on DRC elections
    01 january 2017 15:55:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has welcomed the signing on Saturday in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the opposition and the Majorite presidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in the DRC and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. Full text...

  • UN: New UN chief pledges to make 2017 "a year for global peace"
    01 january 2017 14:59:47
    New York, US (PANA) - On his first day at the helm of the UN, the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday pledged to make 2017 a year for global peace. Full text...

  • Gambia: The Gambia, Jammeh and the proverbial bull in a China shop (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    01 january 2017 12:57:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia, a small West African country with some 1.9 million people is an agriculturally fertile land famous for tourism, especially its attractive beaches. But from 1994, the country became notorious under the repressive government of an army lieutenant who transmuted to a civilian President, through four controversial multi-party elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama says Ghanaians must be proud of 'successes'
    01 january 2017 12:35:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has said his country has every reason to be proud of its successes pointing out that together they have conceived and nurtured the nation's dreams of prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh says he is ready 'to defend' the Gambia
    01 january 2017 11:59:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says that he is ready to defend the country and will not step down despite pressure on him and appeals by national and the international community to hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir renews ceasefire with rebels for another month
    01 january 2017 11:32:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has renewed the unilateral ceasefire with rebels in the country by one month, in an attempt to create a conducive atmosphere for those carrying arms to join the peace process. Full text...

  • US: Ban bids farewell to staff, delegations at UN Headquarters
    31 december 2016 06:03:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bid farewell to staff and Permanent Representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, saying that though he had delivered many speeches over his decade in office, he had but two important words for those gathered to wish him well: “thank you.” Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses need for peaceful transfer of power in Gambia
    30 december 2016 07:03:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday reiterated the UN's commitment for a peaceful, timely, and orderly transfer of power in Gambia following the victory of Adam Barrow on 1 December in the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian government orders electoral office to resume work
    29 december 2016 17:35:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government has ordered staff of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to resume work immediately, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes new Somalia Federal Parliament
    29 december 2016 14:50:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of the new Federal Parliament of Somalia on 27 December and warmly congratulated the people of Somalia on the historic achievement in their quest for universal suffrage by 2020. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges to ensure peace in Guinea Bissau
    28 december 2016 19:57:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that as Chairman of ECOWAS Contact Group on Guinea Bissau, he will do his best to ensure that the country does not relapse into crisis. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates 10th parliament by swearing in 283 lawmakers
    28 december 2016 10:08:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's 10th Parliament was inaugurated on Tuesday in a ceremony that saw 283 members of the House take their oaths of office by placing their right hand on the Holy Quran. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl partners concerned over decisions of Somalia's leadership forum on electoral process
    27 december 2016 17:43:27
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Inauguration of the Federal Parliament of Somalia on Tuesday represented a step forward in the electoral process, international partners supporting the country's transition to democratic rule said in a joint statement. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian MP says president Jammeh's election petition justified
    27 december 2016 07:53:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A member of Gambia's ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party, Seedy Njie, says there is ample justification for the petition filed by President Yahaya Jammeh against the results of the 1 December election which he lost. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian president-elect Barrow establishes think-tank
    27 december 2016 07:25:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow says he has commissioned the establishment of a think-tank to ensure that the country realises its full potential when he assumes office next month. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC extends mandate of AUHIP, underscores restraint in DRC
    26 december 2016 16:45:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) for 12 months with effect from 1 January 2017, according to an official communiqué released here Monday. Full text...

  • US: Ban Ki-Moon leaves UN Headquarters on Friday
    26 december 2016 13:30:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave the UN Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 30 December. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian tycoon advises Jammeh to bow out of office
    23 december 2016 13:50:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian businessman Amadou Samba, a close confidant of President Yahya Jammeh, has advised the defeated head of state, to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community urges Somalia's IEDRM to uphold transparency in electoral process
    22 december 2016 15:07:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - For the sake of accountability, transparency and credibility, international partners have called upon the Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IEDRM) of Somalia to publicize public complaints about the ongoing electoral process and how it processed them. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lawmakers bruised in scuffles over elections law changes
    22 december 2016 11:50:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several Members of Parliament have been injured during an emergency sitting of Parliament in Nairobi on Thursday to change the election laws passed two months ago after months of street protests to unseat the Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • US: Ban urges political leaders to put country ahead of partisan considerations
    22 december 2016 06:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on DR Congo political leaders to place the interests of the country and its people above partisan considerations. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails peaceful, inclusive legislative elections in Cote d’Ivoire
    21 december 2016 20:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the Ivorian government and the people for last Sunday’s peaceful and inclusive legislative elections as well as the progress in the country since last year. Full text...

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