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  • Somalia: UN, global partners commend creation of Somalia National Security Council
    18 april 2017 06:39:13
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations and other members of the international community on Monday commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a National Security Council, as well as decisions taken on priorities such as fighting corruption and drought response. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir vows to impose peace all over Sudan
    17 april 2017 10:57:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir has vowed to bring all parts of the Sudan under his government's control and to impose security, peace and stability. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former AU chair under fire for receiving VIP protection
    16 april 2017 06:48:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –The South African Police Service (SAPS) has come under fire for providing a presidential protection service to former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Restore Internet service to Cameroon English-speaking regions' - UN official
    14 april 2017 06:54:07
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall, has urged Cameroonian authorities to examine with diligence the difficulties of the populations and entrepreneurs of the English-speaking regions of the north-west and south-west, which have been deprived of Internet since mid-January 2017. Full text...

  • Zambia: US remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia
    13 april 2017 14:48:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Zambia says it remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia, specifically noting the 10 April police raid of the Lusaka resident of the opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, and his subsequent arrest for treason. Full text...

  • US: UN chief announces senior appointments
    13 april 2017 06:40:23
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys dealing with prevention of sexual violence in conflict and for protection of children during such crisis, respectively. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS electoral management body to strengthen democracy through elections
    13 april 2017 06:02:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the newly-elected President of the Board of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has pledged that the network will work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and development partners to push for democracy through elections with integrity during his two-year tenure. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition parties unite for major anti-Zuma march
    12 april 2017 16:58:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 30,000 protestors on Wednesday marched through Pretoria to the Union Buildings demanding South African President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Ghana President Rawlings lashes out at West for Syria missile strikes
    12 april 2017 10:32:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former president Jerry John Rawlings has lashed out at the West following last week's missile strikes against Syria describing it another display of the military might of the United States. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow's female nominee elected Speaker
    11 april 2017 13:43:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow's nominee, Mariama Diack Denton, was elected Speaker of the 58-member national assembly in the tiny West African nation today Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Constitutional Court to consider secret vote to remove Zuma
    11 april 2017 12:37:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a further setback for South African President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court on Tuesday confirmed that it has agreed an urgent application to have a secret ballot in place for Tuesday’s motion of no confidence against Zuma. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS reiterates commitment to peace, democracy in Gambia
    11 april 2017 08:15:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has reassured the Gambian government and people of its unwavering commitment to sustainable peace, stability and democracy in the country in the spirit of solidarity with all member States and regional integration. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma claims racists are behind protests calling for his removal
    10 april 2017 15:55:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday slammed the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets calling for his removal. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says parliamentary poll has strengthened Gambia's coalition government
    09 april 2017 12:17:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's parliamentary election, held on 6 April 2017, has further strengthened the coalition government of President Adama Barrow, who said on Saturday that it provided the "required strength of representation" in the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN Official urges Gambians to put national interest above all others
    08 april 2017 18:46:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, has urged all Gambian stakeholders to put the national interest above all other considerations. Full text...

  • Gambia: Successful parliamentary polls have opened up political space in Gambia - AU
    08 april 2017 18:29:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr. Terry Tselance, the Vice Chairperson of the independent electoral commission (IEC) of South Africa, has said the number of contestants in Gambia's 2017 national assembly elections is an indication that the political space in the West African nation has opened up. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'EU sees Gambia as an important partner'
    08 april 2017 16:38:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “The European Union sees the Gambia as an important partner and the invitation to deploy the first-ever fully-fledged election observation mission is highly appreciated by the European Union," said Miroslav Poche, the EU chief observer to the 6 April National Assembly Election in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission commends Gambians for peaceful parliamentary polls
    08 april 2017 08:20:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has praised Gambians for their peaceful conduct and high sense of patriotism as well as the professionalism exhibited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its agents during the country’s 6 April, 2017, National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: United Democratic Party wins decisive victory in Gambian legislative election
    07 april 2017 11:53:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged victorious in Thursday's parliamentary election in Gambia winning 31 out of the 53 seats in the tiny West African nation's first free and fair poll in 22 years. Full text...

  • Botswana: UN challenged to proactively resolve Syrian conflict
    07 april 2017 11:06:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana on Friday reiterated its call to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the international community to urgently act and resolve conflict in Syria. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African cities gridlocked with anti-Zuma protests
    07 april 2017 10:19:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of South Africa, blocking major roads and city centres and calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa braces for more anti-Zuma protests
    06 april 2017 13:12:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The turmoil following President Jacob Zuma’s shock cabinet reshuffle continues to reverberate around South Africa with several high-ranking politicians resigning and protest actions gaining momentum in several cities. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians vote in historic parliamentary election
    06 april 2017 12:15:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians are voting on Thursday to elect new members of parliament in an historic election with all political parties and independent candidates contesting. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council pledges support for CAR president
    05 april 2017 09:39:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday expressed its support for the efforts of President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic (CAR) to restore State authority as well as for the African Union-led mediation initiative to find a political solution to the situation in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission urges peaceful vote in The Gambia
    04 april 2017 20:04:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to The Gambia, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has appealed to all political stakeholders to ensure that the country’s 6 April Parliamentary elections are held in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity to consolidate the gains of democracy in the country and the region. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA's biggest trade union federation calls for Zuma to step down
    04 april 2017 14:18:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s most powerful trade union federation COSATU on Tuesday joined veterans of the liberation struggle in calling on President Jacob Zuma to stand down. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa downgraded to junk status as cabinet crisis grows
    03 april 2017 18:00:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In another massive blow to embattled President Jacob Zuma, international ratings agency S&P Global Ratings on Monday downgraded South Africa to junk status. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU deploys observers for Gambia parliamentary poll
    03 april 2017 16:35:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union has deployed 14 short-term observers for Gambia's parliamentary election on 6 April 2017 following an invitation from the West African country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a Member of the European Parliament said here on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EC adopts conclusions on Somalia ahead of London conference
    03 april 2017 10:30:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new partnership agreement between Somalia and the international community is essential if there is to be real progress in delivering on the main security, political and development priorities over the next four years, the European Council concluded in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. Full text...

  • Benin: Governments urged to encourage all groups to participate in political process
    02 april 2017 17:45:46
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - There is the urgent need to align the lofty politico-legal instruments and declarations at international, regional and country levels for adequate participation and representation of women, youths, minorities and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the political process, with actual practice in many African countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former opposition leader faces disciplinary charges
    02 april 2017 14:14:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday said its former leader Helen Zille will face disciplinary charges for her social media remarks on colonialism. Full text...

  • Somalia: Approval of Somalia’s new cabinet a ‘green light for action,’ says UN envoy
    01 april 2017 07:17:21
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the Somali Federal Parliament’s approval of a new cabinet and expressed hope that the new Government will be able to address the challenges confronting the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela Foundation takes aim at Zuma
    01 april 2017 07:12:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has asked for Parliament to convene immediately to debate a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in the wake of his extraordinary cabinet reshuffle which has rattled the economy. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum rejects US warning on travel to Sudan
    31 march 2017 17:31:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday rejected a warning by the U.S. Department of State to American citizens against travelling to Sudan's Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordufan regions on grounds of security. Full text...

  • South Africa: Outcry over Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle continues to grow
    31 march 2017 13:42:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The outcry over President Jacob Zuma’s dramatic Cabinet reshuffle continues to grow with former President Thabo Mbeki slamming the move and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema warning that Zuma will be impeached. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari deploys 4 of Nigeria's new Ambassadors to UN, AU
    31 march 2017 13:37:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the immediate deployment of four of the newly-appointed Ambassadors to the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ethiopian PM Hailemariam starts official tour of Tanzania
    31 march 2017 11:21:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn arrived in Dar es Salaam on Friday for a two-day official visit which kicked off with a closed-door meeting with his host President John Pombe Magufuli at the State House. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Violence, lack of commitment to peace in DRC keep PSC anxious
    31 march 2017 10:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Emphasising the importance of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in stabilising the country, protecting civilians and promoting observance of human rights, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has affirmed its desire for the renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • US: Troika on South Sudan calls for end to conflict
    31 march 2017 09:29:27
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The members of the Troika on South Sudan (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) reiterate their strong support for the combined efforts of the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and United Nations to end the conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Turmoil over Zuma's cabinet reshuffle
    31 march 2017 09:01:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been plunged into a fresh political crisis after President Jacob Zuma defied his own party and axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and four other ministers in his biggest cabinet reshuffle since assuming office in 2009. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA to address al Bashir debacle at The Hague
    30 march 2017 15:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been summoned to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague on 7 April to address its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in the country in June 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari hails Saudi, Nigeria relations
    30 march 2017 15:17:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia is a mutually beneficial one, which should grow stronger in the years to come, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Growing calls for Zuma to step down
    30 march 2017 12:30:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – It’s been a turbulent 24 hours for President Jacob Zuma who has seen his power dramatically reduced after ordering Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return from an official trip in Europe, amid widespread speculation that he is planning to replace him. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Financial hurdles cripple AU policy on post-conflict reconstruction
    29 march 2017 18:34:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Acute financial challenges continue to cripple efforts of the African Union to implement its Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Policy, though the AU Commission has developed operational guidelines for adoption of the policy at regional and national levels. Full text...

  • Benin: Nigeria heads new board of ECOWAS election management network
    29 march 2017 18:23:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been elected President of the new five-member Board of the 15-nation ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for the next two years. Full text...

  • US: US disappointed over lack of progress in DRC political agreement
    29 march 2017 14:41:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in the implementation of the 31 December Political Agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC). Full text...

  • Egypt: Egyptian President Al-Sissi to meet President Trump on 3 April
    29 march 2017 11:54:50
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - US president Donald Trump will on 3 April meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi in Washington, the White House announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Lack of communication hinders progress on Libya's national accord
    27 march 2017 19:53:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Lack of a communication mechanism among opposing parties in Libya is the obstacle to resolving the country's political impasse, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS chief calls for strengthening of electoral systems in sub-region
    27 march 2017 19:16:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Marcel M. de Souza on Monday in Cotonou charged participants at an international workshop reviewing 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa to come up with a Cotonou Declaration for the improvement of the quality of electoral assistance to its member States. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma orders touring Finance Minister, deputy to return home
    27 march 2017 14:53:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been plunged into fresh political uncertainty after President Jacob Zuma on Monday instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, to immediately return to the country from an official trip to Europe and the United States. Full text...

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