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  • DR Congo: Opposition urges Kabila not to run for president in 2016
    16 december 2014 22:05:58
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The DR Congo opposition, under the umbrella "Let's Save the DR Congo" has asked President Joseph Kabila not to stand for a third term in the presidential election in 2016. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to open six new embassies in sub-Saharan Africa
    16 december 2014 20:54:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongi Hamdi, announced on Tuesday that the country plans to open six new embassies in Africa south of the Sahara without specifying the names of the countries. Full text...

  • Libya: Government condemns offensive on oil ports
    16 december 2014 20:48:58
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government has condemned the attack perpetrated by Fajr Libya, a coalition of armed groups including Islamists, on the oil fields in the east of the country on Saturday, saying that the attack aims to compromise the national dialogue opened under the aegis of the UN Support Mission in Libya (MANUL) Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU says Libyan dialogue breaks down
    16 december 2014 20:09:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has noted with concern that dialogue in Libya to end the political crisis that is tearing the country apart has broken down. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Stakeholders launch media code for Nigeria’s 2015 elections coverage
    16 december 2014 19:04:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s general elections due in February 2015, stakeholders from public and private media sector Tuesday, in the capital city of Abuja, unveiled a media code for coverage of the polls. Full text...

  • Côte d’ivoire: Govt. set to compensate victims of post-electoral violence
    16 december 2014 14:19:23
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A fund from which victims of the post-electoral crisis will be compensated will be established shortly in Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS moves to correct imbalance in women participation in politics
    16 december 2014 10:19:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to correct the imbalance in women participation in democratic elections and good governance, the ECOWAS Commission has mounted a technical workshop here towards the development of an ECOWAS Gender and Elections Strategy, and a pilot Fellowship Programme for Women in Peace and Security. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New PM announces cabinet
    16 december 2014 07:31:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The New Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who took office Sunday following the victory of his alliance last week Tuesday, constituted his new cabinet of 24 ministers that will take office Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    16 december 2014 00:08:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    15 december 2014 23:16:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Summit ends in Abuja
    15 december 2014 19:35:58
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government rounded off in Nigeria's inland capital city of Abuja Monday with key decisions on the fight against Ebola, terrorism and the deepening of democracy in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Senegalese FM says proposed ASF should improve security
    15 december 2014 19:13:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Senegalese Foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio has emphasized the need for the African Standby Force (ASF) to work out well and raise the security situation on the continent which he said “is very bad.” Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Commissioner urges African countries to fund war on terrorism
    15 december 2014 17:02:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaïl Chergui, on Monday called on African countries to make financial contributions to the fight against terrorism on the continent. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Nigerian leader underlines African peace, security
    15 december 2014 16:42:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday that lack of peace and security in one African country is lack of peace and security throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ugandan troops to pullout of South Sudan after war - IGAD mediator
    15 december 2014 15:32:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ugandan troops would be forced to leave South Sudan only after the two main rival forces agree to completely end the war, the top mediator in the protracted effort to end the fighting in the world’s newest state, said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD envoy plays down military threat against South Sudan
    15 december 2014 14:28:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Peace mediators played down threats by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to launch a military operation to disarm the warring factions in South Sudan on the first anniversary of the war there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pervasive security at venue of ECOWAS Summit
    15 december 2014 13:26:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, is being held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, amid stepped-up security in the face of the insurgency that is ravaging parts of Africa's most populous nation, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola, terrorism on the agenda as ECOWAS Summit opens in Abuja (By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Abuja)
    15 december 2014 12:46:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Buffeted by the raging Ebola epidemic and terrorism, among other challenges, West African leaders Monday converged on Nigeria's glistening capital city of Abuja for their 46th Ordinary Summit, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Stability in Libya, Mali, needed in fight against terrorism, says Algeria
    15 december 2014 11:28:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Algerian deputy minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, said on Sunday that stability in Libya and Mali was needed to better fight terrorism, saying that instability in the two countries would strengthen the terrorist organizations, Libyan local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian political parties set to begin electioneering campaigns
    15 december 2014 08:10:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Full blown political campaigns and rallies are expected to begin any moment from now in Africa’s most populous black nation, just as Nigerians are calling for issue-based campaigns and setting agenda for the presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Libya: EU will apply sanctions against Libyan stakeholders opposed to dialogue
    14 december 2014 16:56:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has said it will apply appropriate sanctions against Libyan stakeholders opposed to dialogue, meant to resolve the lingering political crisis in the north African country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sir Anerood Jugnauth officially declared Prime Minister of Mauritius
    13 december 2014 21:54:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The leader of the Peoples’ Alliance, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who won the legislative elections Wednesday in Mauritius was Saturday officially declared Prime Minister of the island with immediate effect, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan warns South Sudan against hosting rebels
    13 december 2014 13:17:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has warned South Sudan against hosting rebels who use the country (South Sudan) as a base to launch attacks against Sudanese territories. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Women representation in Parliament falls
    13 december 2014 10:53:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Non Governmental Organisation 'Women in Politics' (WIP) has expressed regret that women representation in Parliament fell from 18.8% to 11.6% following the outcome of Wednesday's legislative elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Legislative elections dominate media
    13 december 2014 10:29:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The legislative elections that took place Wednesday in Mauritius dominated the local media this week, following the announcement of the results that gave victory to the opposition at the expense of the parties that have been in power for nine years. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes talks between leaders of Sudan, South Sudan
    12 december 2014 18:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming recent talks between Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan, the UN Security Council has called on both governments to hold a high-level security meeting as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN to send election observer mission to Burundi
    12 december 2014 16:45:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A UN election observer mission will be deployed in Burundi from 1 January 2015 so that it can closely follow up the country's general elections due to be held early next year, UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said here Friday at the formal closing of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU hails elevation of Senegalese Minister to top ICC post
    12 december 2014 15:27:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission President, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, Friday hailed the election of Senegalese Justice Minister, Sidiki Kaba, as the next President of the Assembly of State Parties to Rome Statute. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Africa has not given up on Libya'
    12 december 2014 14:07:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Africa has not given up its responsibilities on the Libyan crisis, the Algerian minister of foreign affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, told a news conference in Oran Thursday at the end of the second conference on peace and security in Africa. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian govt. to reform defence, armed forces
    12 december 2014 12:28:07
    Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government will reform its defence and armed forces following the adoption, Thursday, of a new bill that will repeal the 1961 law governing that sector, PANA reported, quoting an official source here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Biometric ID Card to be piloted in 2016
    12 december 2014 11:27:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The rollout of the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card is to be piloted in 2016, according to the decision of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers which rounded off its 73rd meeting here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Defence minister declares summer offensive against Sudanese rebels
    12 december 2014 10:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Defence Minister, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has declared that Khartoum will launch a major offensive code-named "decisive summer 2" in all war fronts. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New PM to be inaugurated soon
    12 december 2014 07:54:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - New Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who won the legislative elections held Wednesday in the island, will be sworn in soon after the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Defence ministers of Dialogue 5 5 meet in Spain
    11 december 2014 20:23:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second meeting of Defence ministers of the Dialogue 5 5 Group in Western Mediterranean Sea opened on Thursday in Grenada, Spain, the Libyan media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria : Former Nigerian military leader wins APC ticket for presidential race
    11 december 2014 18:44:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian ex-military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday won the ticket of the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), for next year’s presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Former Nigerian military leader Buhari set to get APC presidential ticket
    11 december 2014 18:07:07
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's former military head of state, General Muhammed Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma to meet South Sudanese President in Cape Town
    11 december 2014 13:36:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma will host South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Cape Town on Friday, a meeting aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voting continues Thursday in Nigeria’s opposition presidential primary election
    11 december 2014 09:39:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Voting continued Thursday to pick the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate among the five aspirants as delegates stayed awake all night at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in the commercial city of Lagos, to cast their votes. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council calls for unity in Somalia
    11 december 2014 06:01:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council said it has taken note of a recent parliamentary Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace
    10 december 2014 21:21:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho, to be held on 28 Feb. next year. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: US AFRICOM chief visits Côte d'Ivoire
    10 december 2014 17:18:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The head of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), General David Rodriguez is on official visit in Abidjan, the US Embassy in the Ivorian capital said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians vote in national elections Wednesday
    10 december 2014 14:37:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians went to the polls Wednesday in the 21 rural districts of the Island to elect a new government for the next five years, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Battle for opposition presidential ticket underway in Lagos
    10 december 2014 13:39:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The battle for the presidential ticket of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress(APC), is underway Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun stadium, in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Donors' conference for Guinea-Bissau holds in Brussels early 2015
    10 december 2014 13:27:08
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - An international donors' conference to mobilise funds for Guinea-BIssau will be held in Brussels, Belgium, early in 2015, according to ECOWAS Council of MInisters' Chair Hanna Serwaa Teteh. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition heavyweights battle for APC presidential ticket Wednesday (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    10 december 2014 07:37:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), holds its national convention Wednesday in Lagos, to elect its presidential candidate for the 14 February, 2015, election. Full text...

  • Mali: The Netherlands grants Mali 6.7 billion CFAF for development project
    09 december 2014 22:34:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands has granted Mali 6.7 billion CFAF for development projects in the West African state. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab Parliament denounces violence, reaffirms support to legitimate institutions
    09 december 2014 22:20:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Arab League, Ahmed al-Jarwan, has said that the situation in Libya demands the rejection of all forms of violence and clashes, reaffirming his support to the elected Chamber of representatives (Parliament). Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Parliament Speaker, UN envoy meet
    09 december 2014 21:55:03
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Bernardo Leon, on Tuesday held talks in the eastern city of Tobruk with the Speaker of the Parliament recognized by the international community, Aguila Saleh Guieder, on the new cycle of dialogue between Libyan stakeholders, called Ghadames II, now rescheduled for next week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, US discuss how to solve Libyan crisis
    09 december 2014 16:48:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algeria's Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel underlined Tuesday the common viewpoint of Algeria and the United States on the need to find a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanians mark 53 years of independence
    09 december 2014 11:07:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians Tuesday celebrated 53 years of independence of their mainland (formerly known as Tanganyika) from British colonial rule with a military parade, colourful callisthenics and other cultural performances, but a big question mark remained over why this country has wallowed in poverty all along. Full text...

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