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  • UN: UN official urges more support for Somalia's progression
    19 november 2014 20:40:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, says Somalia’s positive strides do not mean "plain sailing", urging the international community to continue to support the Horn of Africa nation in its efforts to stabilize and build sustainable security. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF sends team to monitor Tunisia's presidential polls
    19 november 2014 19:44:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A mission of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has arrived in Tunisia for a six day visit to monitor the first round of the country’s presidential election scheduled for 23 November, according to a statement from the organization. Full text...

  • Zambia: Late President Sata’s wife to contest for party's nomination
    19 november 2014 19:22:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s late President Michael Sata’s widow Dr Christine Kaseba Sata has filed her nomination papers to contest for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) presidency to stand in the 20 January presidential elections being held following the death of her husband. Full text...

  • France: 'Presidency for life is over in Africa'
    19 november 2014 18:06:48
    Paris, France (PANA) - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of "president for life". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition party holds rally to press for free, fair elections in 2015
    19 november 2014 13:48:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With the ban on electioneering campaign for next year's general elections now lifted, Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday held a rally in the capital city of Abuja to press for free and fair elections, among others. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Zida named Burkinabe interim Prime Minister
    19 november 2014 13:31:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Transition government in Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, has appointed Lt.-Col. Isaac Zida as transitional Prime Minister, according to a decree issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex President Banda to contest Jan. presidential elections
    19 november 2014 11:34:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has suspended its president, Nevers Mumba, and announced the adoption of former president Rupiah Banda as candidate for the presidential by-election slated for 20 Jan. 2015. Full text...

  • US: US hails B/Faso for progress in political transition
    19 november 2014 10:47:29
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated the people of Burkina Faso and their leaders on the signing of a charter that will guide the transition to a democratically-elected government. Full text...

  • Botswana: South Africa, Botswana cement ties
    19 november 2014 08:28:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is expected to jet into Botswana Thursday to attend the 2nd Bi-National Commission (BNC) summit meeting between the leaders of the two countries. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algerian president calls for closer ties with Morocco
    18 november 2014 20:59:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Tuesday called for the strengthening of relations with Morocco, which have been strained for years because of the Western Sahara conflict. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Govt. urges mutineers to return to barracks
    18 november 2014 20:34:23
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Defence minister, Paul Koffi Koffi, has appealed to soldiers who staged protests marches on Tuesday in several cities against their living conditions, to return to their posts. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya 'deplores' lack of military support from US, Britain
    18 november 2014 20:26:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya’s representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Debbachi, has deplored the lack of enthusiasm by the United States and Britain to support Libyan army in its war against terrorism that is tearing the North African country apart. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU to deploy 100 observers for Tunisia presidential poll
    18 november 2014 19:44:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The European Union intends to beef up its election monitoring team in Tunisia before voters head to the polls to elect the country's president on 23 November 2014, according to EU Mission in Tunisia spokesperson Alessandro Gori. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s presidential by-election set for 20 January 2015
    18 november 2014 18:37:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians go to the polls on 20 January 2015 to elect a new president following the death of President Michael Sata on 28 October 2014, it was officially announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President moves to restore order in Parliament after last week's chaos
    18 november 2014 15:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a damage control exercise following last week’s chaotic scenes in Parliament when riot police intervenes to restore order, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday met the leaders of all political parties represented in Parliament to ‘strengthen’ the working relationship between parties and avert a repeat of the incident which severely embarrassed the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU formally drops sanctions threat against Burkina Faso
    18 november 2014 15:26:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has abandoned plans to suspend Burkina Faso from its membership after the newly-appointed President Michel Kafando was sworn in and the military designated the transfer of power on 21 November. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian President fires Transport minister
    18 november 2014 15:19:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has sacked Ousman Badjie as the country's Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Vicious power struggle ensues in Zambia’s ruling party (News analysis by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    18 november 2014 13:27:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party is embroiled in a power struggle following the death of President Michael Sata. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gang violence leaves 4 dead
    18 november 2014 12:46:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four persons have been hacked to death in an apparent revenge attack hours after police raided mosques in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa and arrested at least 250 people. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Nouakchott hosts international meeting on role of culture in cities' development
    18 november 2014 11:37:10
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - An international conference, tagged "The role of culture in the development of cities," opened in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, Monday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes appointment of Burkina Faso Interim President
    18 november 2014 07:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Burkina Faso on the signing of the Charter of the Transition and on the appointment of Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sudanese foes allowed more time for talks over ceasefire monitoring plan
    17 november 2014 20:06:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Sudanese government and a rival group have agreed to sign a ceasefire agreement ending fighting in two regions after studying proposals for peacekeepers and monitors, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia calls for political stability ahead of Copenhagen conference
    17 november 2014 19:42:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay has met Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS welcomes charter signing, appointment of transitional President in B/Faso
    17 november 2014 14:54:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS on Monday welcomed the signing of the charter of transition and the appointment of a transitional President in Burkina Faso, saying these actions demonstrate the will of the country's people to focus on its best interests. Full text...

  • Burundi: Electoral umpire begins registration of election monitors
    17 november 2014 13:15:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The National Independent Electoral Commission of Burundi (NIEC) Monday said it has started registering political party representatives, and national and international observers wishing to monitor the conduct of the country's general elections in 2015. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes Burkina Faso's return to civilian rule
    17 november 2014 13:02:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed a decision by the military in Burkina Faso to appoint Michel Kafando the transitional President, shortly before a 15-day deadline of naming a civilian head of state was due to expire. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Michel Kafando appointed transitional President
    17 november 2014 12:14:35
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Retired Diplomat Michel Kafando, 72, has been appointed Full text...

  • Nigeria: Expert canvasses stiffer sanctions against B/Faso military leaders if...
    17 november 2014 09:58:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the ultimatum given by the African Union (AU) to the military leaders in Burkina Faso to transfer power to civil authorities expires Monday, a Nigerian foreign relations expert has called for stiffer sanctions if the junta fails to comply with the directive. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy expresses concern over violence, urges restraint in Somaliland
    16 november 2014 22:15:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay has expressed Full text...

  • Burundi: AU to observe Burundi elections
    15 november 2014 14:00:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The African Union (AU) will send observers to supervise elections due for next year in Burundi, diplomatic sources said in Bujumbura on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese military chiefs meet on ending hostilities
    15 november 2014 10:23:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese military commanders from both sides of the war met on Saturday to start demarcating the location of troops and a buffer zone as part of the declaration ending fighting since mid-December 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes adoption of framework for Burkina Faso transition
    15 november 2014 05:45:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Burkina Faso on the consensus adoption of a Charter of the Transition, which will provide the legal framework for a civilian-led transition culminating in elections in November 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament accuses militias in Tripoli perpetrating violence in the country
    14 november 2014 20:57:52
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Parliament has condemned "terrorist militias" for the violence at the airports of Lebrag, Zintan and Oubari Ghat, which are vital facilities for citizens, a statement issued on Thursday night said. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria, Egypt share common view on Libya’s territorial integrity
    14 november 2014 19:50:05
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Egyptian and Algerian Prime Ministers Ibrahim Mahleb and Abdelmalek Sellal respectively on Friday expressed the common view of their countries on the importance of preserving Libya’s territorial unity and the need to coordinate efforts to strengthen that unity. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: Ivorian opposition rejoins Independent Electoral Commission
    14 november 2014 19:32:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou on Friday welcomed the decision by the Alliance of Democratic Forces (AFD) to rejoin the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) after over two months of absence. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says military-led transition in Burkina Faso "unacceptable"
    14 november 2014 18:13:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition threatens legal action over chaos in Parliament
    14 november 2014 13:05:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), on Friday confirmed that his party will seek an urgent interdict against the riot police who entered the South African National Assembly on Thursday night. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU Heads of State Panel on UN Reforms to meet in Nairobi
    14 november 2014 12:51:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Committee of 10 Heads of State, preparing a common African position on UN Security Council reforms, is due to meet in Kenya Monday, the Kenyan foreign ministry said Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: International community still considers Parliament legitimate - UN
    13 november 2014 21:57:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the UN support mission in Libya (MANUL), Bernardino Leon, said on Thursday that the international community still considers Parliament as the legitimate representative of Libyans, despite the Supreme Court declaring "the election of members unconstitutional". Full text...

  • Mali: Government carries out sensitization campaign on inter-Malian talks
    13 november 2014 21:42:20
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has begun an information and sensitization campaign on the inter-Malian inclusive talks aimed at concluding a global and definitive peace deal in the West African country, official sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: North-Kivu Governor warns of another rebellion in eastern DRC
    13 november 2014 21:31:35
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The governor of the North-Kivu province, Julien Paluku, is raising the red flags about a rebellion being prepared in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Burkina: Military "accepts" transition charter, awaits name of interim president
    13 november 2014 20:32:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The military leader of Burkina Faso's transition, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, said on Thursday that the army has accepted the transition charter and that talks are underway to arrive at the name of the interim president "who should not be a politician". Full text...

  • Libya: EU demands protection of diplomatic missions in Tripoli
    13 november 2014 20:14:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called for the tightening of security at diplomatic missions in Tripoli after the double attack on Thursday against the Egyptian and Emirate embassies. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos in South African Parliament as MPs defy Speaker
    13 november 2014 16:29:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Chaos erupted Thursday in the South African National Assembly after Speaker Baleka Mbete attempted to limit time for members' motions as opposition parties planned to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation over a housing scandal. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN Chief's special envoy visits Burundi
    13 november 2014 15:58:41
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The special envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, Saïd Djinit, on Wednesday held talks here on regional security issues with the executive secretary of the International Peace Conference in the Great lakes region (ICGLR), Ntumba Luaba, PANA reported, quoting diplomatic sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU-mediated South Kordofan ceasefire talks resume
    13 november 2014 11:24:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sudanese negotiators have kicked off talks in Addis Ababa to seek an immediate ceasefire to the continuing fighting in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi, China sign socioeconomic development pact of US$31,6 million
    12 november 2014 20:09:50
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi and China on Wednesday signed a deal under which the latter will provide US$ 31.6 million funding socioeconomic development projects in the central African country. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Prime Minister begins official visit to Saudi Arabia
    12 november 2014 18:40:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Theni on Wednesday started an official but indefinite visit to Saudi Arabia, according to Libyan official sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Seneglese Ibrahima Fall appointed ECOWAS Special Envoy in Burkina Faso
    12 november 2014 18:15:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has appointed Ibrahima Fall of Senegal as Special Envoy in Burkina Faso, with the mission to "facilitate dialogue between various stakeholders", in accordance with the recommendations from the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Accra recently. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia's leadership divided on mode to elect presidential candidate
    12 november 2014 17:02:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's acting President Guy Scott has differed with the ruling party’s Secretary General Edgar Lungu, who is also Defence Minister, on the process of picking a presidential candidate for the Patriotic Front (PF) to succeed the late President Michael Sata. Full text...

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