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  • UN: Libyan parties set 16 Dec. for signing political agreement – UN envoy
    12 december 2015 08:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The new United Nations envoy for Libya announced Friday that the parties to the country’s political dialogue process have agreed to set 16 December as the target date to sign the UN-facilitated agreement on forming a national unity government, aiming to bring an end to a crisis that has left nearly 2.4 million Libyans in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Benin: Buhari eulogises Kerekou
    10 december 2015 21:32:04
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Cotonou that late President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin Republic will be long remembered and honoured as "a father of his nation and founding father of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).'' Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Magufuli names new Tanzanian Cabinet
    10 december 2015 15:24:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday announced his cabinet retaining only seven ministers of the immediate past administration of former President Jakaya Kikwete. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Museveni inaugurates new Uganda Embassy building in Kigali
    10 december 2015 12:38:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweli Kaguta Museveni on Thursday paid a short visit to Rwanda where by he inaugurated the new Ugandan embassy building at Kacyiru, a suburb of Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: Lavrov supports Italy’s efforts to stabilize Libya
    10 december 2015 10:07:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday said that his country was willing to help Italy in its quest to stabilize Libya. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Interim President meets newly-elected President
    09 december 2015 22:08:12
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Interim President Michel Kafando Wednesday afternoon met with the country's newly-elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Full text...

  • Libya: Rome conference on Libya, opportunity to form coalition govt. - EU
    09 december 2015 21:45:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The conference to be hosted in Rome, Italy, on Sunday on the Libyan crisis offers an opportunity to achieve progress towards the formation of a national unity government, said the spokesperson for the EU Senior representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Catherine Rey. Full text...

  • Rwanda: All set for Rwandan constitutional referendum next week
    09 december 2015 15:53:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's electorate of 6,424,110 registered voters will cast ballots in a constitutional referendum set for 18 Dec. 2015 to determine presidential term limits for the East African country, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls for peaceful polls in Benin Repubic
    08 december 2015 21:20:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday commended the efforts made so far by outgoing President of Benin Republic Boni Yayi and the Beninoise National Electoral Commission to ensure a peaceful and transparent Presidential Election in the country next year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari rallies support for credible elections
    08 december 2015 21:14:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja called on Nigerians to support all necessary measures, including the use of card readers and permanent voter cards, to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Grand coalition accuses govt of scheming against Zambia constitution bill
    08 december 2015 18:19:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Grand Coalition on the campaign for a people-driven constitution Tuesday accused the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government of making manoeuvres to adulterate contents of the Constitution Bill which is currently under consideration in parliament. Full text...

  • Libya: EU rejects Libyan political deal signed in Tunis
    08 december 2015 14:12:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA ) – The European Union (EU) has "implicitly" rejected the political deal signed without foreign mediation in Tunisia between several representatives of the Libyan House of Representatives based in Tobruk and the National General Congress (NGC), established in Tripoli. Full text...

  • DRC: New UN report highlights need to protect political, civil rights ahead of elections
    08 december 2015 11:00:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A UN report published on Tuesday highlights a worrying clampdown on opposition, media and civil society in the DR Congo since the beginning of the year and stresses the need to guarantee political and civil rights ahead of key elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama keeps Amissah-Arthur as running mate
    07 december 2015 21:02:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has decided to keep Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 elections, saying he is happy to be running again with his hardworking Vice President. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges endorsement of political agreement in Libya
    07 december 2015 18:11:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler on Monday Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Why I enlisted Obasanjo's help on Guinea Bissau crisis'
    06 december 2015 09:20:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said he decided to enlist the assistance of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to mediate in the political crisis in Guinea Bissau because of his wide political and military experience as well as strong commitment to the unity of Nigeria and Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa marks second anniversary of Mandela's death
    05 december 2015 16:18:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Saturday marks the second anniversary of the death of world statesman Nelson Mandela with millions of South Africans reflecting on his extraordinary legacy. The prisoner-turned-president who steered the nation away from a full-blown race-war died at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home on 5 December, 2013. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia seeks solution to Libyan crisis
    04 december 2015 22:15:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi has said his country's priorities include finding a solution to the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan political parties warn of looming genocide in Burundi
    04 december 2015 14:33:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The regime in Burundi is making a trial run of another genocide on the African continent, according to two political parties in neighbouring Rwanda which suffered the systematic killing of people in 1994. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU comments on constitutional review in Rwanda
    03 december 2015 18:35:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The amendments to the Rwandan constitution recently approved by Parliament - if confirmed by referendum - would give rise to the situation of weakening credibility of the constitutional reform process, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a press statement issued Thursday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Zambia: Former Zambian VP petitions parliament over Justice minister misleading Assembly
    03 december 2015 15:01:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's former Vice President, Godfrey Miyanda, has petitioned parliament charging that Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula misled the House and nation by stating that the House and government had no position on the amendment of the Constitution, currently under consideration in the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's President Mahama congratulates Kabore for Burkina Faso poll victory
    03 december 2015 09:34:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama has congratulated Mr Roch Marc Kabore for his victory in Burkina Faso's presidential elections last Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa, China sign 26 agreements
    03 december 2015 06:41:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday arrived in South Africa at the start of a high-profile State Visit aimed at increasing industrial and economic cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius:Mauritius wages war on grand corruption
    02 december 2015 15:07:35
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament Wednesday that the aim of the Good Governance and Integrity Reporting Bill, introduced a month ago in the House, is to check accumulation of wealth through backdoor mechanisms and thus preventing unscrupulous persons from distorting the playing field, particularly in the property market. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame dismisses US official's call to 'step down' in 2017
    02 december 2015 13:09:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame on Wednesday dismissed a call by the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, asking him to step down when his current term ends in 2017. Full text...

  • US: Kerry congratulates Burkina Faso on peaceful election
    02 december 2015 12:51:48
    Washington, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has congratulated the people of Burkina Faso for holding a successful election last Sunday, describing the West African country's commitment to a peaceful and transparent election as "a model to be emulated". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari congratulates Kabore on his election
    02 december 2015 00:43:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kabore of the Movement of People for Progress Party on his historic election as the second civilian President of Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes peaceful elections in Burkina Faso
    01 december 2015 14:31:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Kaboré wins Burkina Faso presidential election
    01 december 2015 10:18:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Former Burkina Faso Prime Minister, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, has won presidential election in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Burkinabes on peaceful polls
    29 november 2015 17:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) - With presidential and legislative elections under way in Burkina Faso, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all national stakeholders to uphold their commitments throughout the process and urged them to ensure the polls are conducted peacefully. Full text...

  • 2015 CHOGM: Commonwealth leaders end Summit
    29 november 2015 17:02:50
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Commonwealth Heads of Government ended their summit in Malta on Sunday with an agreement on new measures to tackle climate change and combat radicalisation. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Voters encounter slight hitches in Burkina Faso elections
    29 november 2015 13:07:53
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Insufficient election materials and bureaucratic delays were some of the obstacles noticed at polling stations Sunday as voters in Burkina Faso queued to take part in the country's presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • 2015 CHOGM: Pres. Buhari seeks greater Commonwealth support for Nigeria, others over terrorism
    28 november 2015 17:13:10
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the the provision of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries which have been adversely affected by the scourge of terrorism. Full text...

  • 2015 CHOGM: Foreign ministers, civil society raise priority issues at CHOGM
    28 november 2015 16:56:35
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Commonwealth foreign ministers and civil society organisations came together on Saturday at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta for a roundtable discussion to raise priority issues and strengthen partnerships. Full text...

  • Malta: Baroness Scotland selected new Commonwealth Secretary-General
    28 november 2015 14:15:26
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Baroness Patricia Scotland has been selected Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Commonwealth summit in Malta. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attacks on paramount chief in Abyei town
    28 november 2015 10:35:38
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks on Thursday last night by unknown assailants on the residence of the Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief in Abyei town, during which one Ethiopian peacekeeper from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and a young girl were killed. Full text...

  • South Africa: War of words over Nelson Mandela
    28 november 2015 06:23:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A war of words has broken out between firebrand politician Julius Malema and Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, after Malema said the global statesman had “turned his back on the revolution”. Full text...

  • Ghana: Main Ghana parties in war of words over raid of opposition party's headquarters
    27 november 2015 17:42:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A war of words is raging between Ghana's two main political parties, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over a raid on the NPP headquarters last Monday that it claims the government masterminded. Full text...

  • Libya: EU urges Libyans to agree on coalition government
    27 november 2015 12:32:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called on Libyan stakeholders to "show courage and leadership" in accepting the difficult but viable option as the new special envoy of the UN Secretary General, Martin Kobler, moves to seek a quick conclusion of the Libyan political dialogue Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU training mission in Mali gets new commander
    26 november 2015 19:23:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union's Political and Security Committee on Thursday announced the appointment of Brigadier General Werner Albl as new mission commander for the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town salutes South African struggle stalwart
    26 november 2015 19:09:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada late Thursday received the Freedom of the City in Cape Town, the highest award that can be conferred on its citizens. Full text...

  • Egypt: 'No political conditions on Chinese assistance to Africa' , says FM Wang Yi
    26 november 2015 16:48:27
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Chinese Foreign Affairs minister Wang Yi said Thursday that his country would continue strengthening its cooperation with Africa and work closely with African countries in the fight against terrorism and extremism, Egyptian news agency MENA reported. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler proposes expansion of presidential council of Libyan coalition government
    26 november 2015 11:50:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Martin Kobler, on Thursday proposed to expansion the presidential council of the Libyan national coalition government to nine members from six. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 150 million Euros to finance projects for African women
    26 november 2015 10:54:07
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – On the occasion of the International Day for Eradication of Violence against Women", the European Union (EU) has released 150 million Euros to finance nine projects in Africa aimed at supporting programmes for good governance, human rights and innovation and learning, says an EU official communiqué issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari leaves for Malta to attend CHOGM
    25 november 2015 23:48:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja Thursday for Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which begins in the island nation on Friday, the presidency said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Islamic State claims responsibility of Tunis terror attack
    25 november 2015 21:55:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks on a Tunisian presidential security bus in which 13 people died. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU considers re-launching Burundi peace talks
    25 november 2015 18:59:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met Wednesday with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit in Addis Ababa to discuss the escalating violence in Burundi, the Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Several countries condemn Tunis terrorist attack
    25 november 2015 13:16:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Several countries have condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in Tunis on a presidential security bus, which claimed the lives for 13. Full text...

  • Morocco: Libyan designated head of government holds talks in Morocco
    25 november 2015 11:46:22
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The designated head of the Libyan acting government, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Tuesday evening held talks in Rabat with the Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, on the search for a political solution to the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Major union backs Ramaphosa for President
    25 november 2015 10:35:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major South African trade union on Wednesday indicated that it has thrown its support behind Cyril Ramaphosa as the next president of the ruling African National Congress. Full text...

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