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  • Sudan: Consultative committee to discuss UNAMID exit from Darfur
    24 february 2016 17:44:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Foreign Affairs ministry disclosed Wednesday that a high political consultative committee will meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York next month to discuss the exit strategy for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from Sudan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria salutes Museveni over election victory
    24 february 2016 07:41:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday saluted Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni on his election victory. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN concerned over opposition arrests, use of force since elections
    24 february 2016 05:32:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern over the “tense” post-election situation in Uganda, following reports that at least two people have been killed and an unknown number of people injured, heavy military and police forces deployed in the streets of Kampala, and the arrests of four opposition leaders since last Thursday’s elections. Full text...

  • Sudan: Saudi Arabia leads campaign against US economic sanctions on Sudan
    23 february 2016 12:45:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed that it is leading diplomatic efforts to end US economic sanction on the Sudan, one of its important allies in the Coalition seeking to end the Haothi rebel presence in Yemen. Full text...

  • Burundi: Ban begins Burundi visit
    22 february 2016 21:19:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived on Monday in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, for an official visit during which is expected to meet President Pierre Nkurunziza and other actors in support of ongoing UN efforts at resolving Burundi’s political crisis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Will Ban Ki-moon's visit to Burundi make positive headway on current unrest? (News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    22 february 2016 18:22:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A two-day visit by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to Burundi is likely to bring out once again, leaders in Bujumbura’s reluctance to take part in joining international efforts dedicated to end the East African country's political crisis that has left several hundred people killed since the higly-contested presidential election. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki defends Pretoria's stance towards Zimbabwe
    22 february 2016 16:10:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest in the series of weekly essays aimed at “setting the record straight” during his administration, former President Thabo Mbeki on Monday again defended his “quiet diplomacy” towards Zimbabwe and reiterated dramatic claims that the British government planned to remove Robert Mugabe by force. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC names new Special Representative in CAR
    21 february 2016 11:27:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed Mr. Mohamed EL Hacen Lebatt of Mauritania as the Commission’s new Special Representative for Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the AU Mission (MISAC) in the country following the resignation of Major General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes preparations for Comoros elections
    21 february 2016 07:17:29
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the progress made by the people of the Comoros in preparations for presidential elections and polls for island governors on Sunday. Full text...

  • Uganda: Opposition leader urges Africa solidarity after ‘fraudulent’ polls
    20 february 2016 16:36:34
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Saturday called for international solidarity with Uganda after the Electoral Commission declared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni’s re-elected with a 60% vote majority against his 35%. Full text...

  • Uganda: EU observes state intimidation, ballot stuffing in Uganda poll
    20 february 2016 16:31:28
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has cited the Ugandan Electoral Commission for its lack of independence and the state intimidation of political rivals as key factors that affected transparent, free and fair conduct of the Presidential elections in Uganda. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni wins poll, secures fifth term
    20 february 2016 14:55:44
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won his country's presidential elections for the fifth time with 5.6 million votes (60.75%), compared to the 3.5 million votes secured by his detained challenger Kizza Besigye, in an election marred by irregularities and violent arrest of opponents. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN Secretary-General to visit South Sudan
    20 february 2016 12:59:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will pay a short visit to South Sudan, at a time local and international organisations have been expressing grave concern about the civil strife in the nascent nation. Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan on ‘verge of fragmenting’, UN officials warn Security Council
    19 february 2016 22:20:03
    New York, US (PANA) - With senior United Nations officials warning of escalating inter-communal violence and rampant human rights violations in South Sudan, the Security Council on Friday strongly condemned all attacks and provocations against civilians and the UN by armed actors, and called for calm on all sides. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian FM's visit heralds new era of diplomatic relations with Rwanda
    19 february 2016 13:57:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Phillip Mahiga, on Friday wrapped up his first working visit to Rwanda, injecting fresh impetus to the development of comprehensive partnership and the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries, PANA learnt here from official sources. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni on course for fifth term in Uganda’s presidential poll
    19 february 2016 11:01:40
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Incumbent Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is on course to maintain his three-decade long stranglehold on power from the provisional election results announced early on Friday. Full text...

  • US: US expresses worry over detention of DRC activists, opposition leaders
    19 february 2016 10:16:16
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it is troubled by the harassment and detention of peaceful activists and opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including those detained in connection with this week’s general strike. Full text...

  • UN: UN honours memory of former Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali
    18 february 2016 20:39:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Thursday honoured the memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93, recalling his legacy in helping the world body find its footing in a new global landscape during the tumultuous early 1990s. Full text...

  • Uganda: Uganda vote counting begins, opposition leader arrested
    18 february 2016 18:31:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested Thursday shortly after leading his supporters to a location which he claimed was being used as a vote rigging centre. Full text...

  • Egypt: Presidents Al-Sissi, Bongo Ondimba meet in Cairo
    18 february 2016 16:13:52
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, on Thursday held talks in Cairo with his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba, who began a working visit to Egypt on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan airstrikes kill Al Shabaab military intelligence chief
    18 february 2016 12:19:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The deputy leader of the Al Shabaab, Mahad Mohammed Karatey, alias Mahat Karatey, was killed in a military strike on 8 February when the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF), under the command of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), conducted an air strike on three camps. Full text...

  • Uganda: Voting underway in tense presidential poll in Uganda
    18 february 2016 11:55:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan voters formed long queues at polling stations on Thursday to choose their next leader in a Presidential and Parliamentary vote marred by delays in the delivery of poll material and cases of isolated violence in some polling stations, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN: Guinea-Bissau’s political stalemate taking toll on development – UN
    18 february 2016 07:54:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The political impasse in Guinea-Bissau could delay implementation of critical reforms and erode progress in the West African country’s development, the United Nations envoy there has warned the Security Council. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners to closely coordinate efforts ahead of DR Congo elections
    18 february 2016 07:46:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and its international partner organizations say they are closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly in view of the upcoming elections in the country, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian FM visits Rwanda
    17 february 2016 16:43:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Phillip Mahiga, on Wednesday arrived in Kigali for a working visit to Rwanda, at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart, Louise Mushikiwabo, an official statement revealed here. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Sudan opposes US/Sudan dialogue under any pre-conditions'
    17 february 2016 11:31:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has said that Khartoum objects to any pre-conditions for dialogue with the United States or any other country for that matter. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan offers to mediate between Burundi and Rwanda
    17 february 2016 11:14:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has revealed that Khartoum has offered to mediate in the growing dispute between Burundi and Rwanda. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma ridiculed in Parliament
    16 february 2016 15:41:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Opposition parties on Tuesday ridiculed President Jacob Zuma, saying he is personally to blame for many of South Africa's problems. Full text...

  • US: Bahrain lowers visa barriers for African visitors
    16 february 2016 14:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East, has introduced eVisas to visitors from eleven African countries, marking it the third phase of the country’s new visa policy. Full text...

  • UN: World's most vulnerable must benefit from ideals of UN Charter – Ban
    16 february 2016 07:56:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Although important steps were taken over the past year to uphold the values and advance the vision set out in the United Nations Charter, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that bringing the promise of the Organization's founding document to the most vulnerable must continue to be the goal of its Member States. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes 'major breakthrough' on unity government
    16 february 2016 07:38:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Libya has welcomed the announcement by the Libyan Presidency Council of the formation of the Government of National Accord and called on the House of Representatives “to do what is right for Libya and its people” and endorse the nomination of the national unity government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: EU extends restrictive measures against Zimbabwe for another year
    16 february 2016 07:13:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council has extended the European Union’s restrictive measures against Zimbabwe until 20 February 2017, it was officially announced in Brussels late on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari appoints new Director-General (Budget), Special Adviser (Planning)
    15 february 2016 19:25:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Mr. Tijjani Mohammed Abdullahi as the Director-General (Budget). Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma administration slammed for using 'lily-white' lawyers
    15 february 2016 10:56:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a new twist to the ongoing Nkandla saga which has rocked the government, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has taken aim at the Zuma administration for using white lawyers to fight their legal battles. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni faces tough challenge in bid to extend 30-year-rule
    14 february 2016 09:17:09
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will face seven other candidates in an 18 February Presidential election contest, billed as Uganda’s most competitive political contest ever. Full text...

  • CAR: Voters in Central African Republic go to the polls in run-off elections
    14 february 2016 06:31:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) go to the polls on Sunday in the second round of presidential and legislative elections with security, peace and the economy of the war-torn country being some of the most important issues. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for peaceful, credible elections in Central African Republic
    14 february 2016 05:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that Sunday's presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, Sunday are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner. Full text...

  • US: US pledges to help CAR 'find the peace it deserves'
    14 february 2016 05:08:46
    Washington, US (PANA) - The US has pledged to help the Central African Republic (CAR), which goes to the polls on Sunday in the runoff of presidential and legislative elections, to find the peace and and stability it deserves after years of turmoil. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama to pay state visit to Iran from Sunday
    13 february 2016 14:13:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama will pay a State visit to Iran from Sunday, during which he will hold talks with his host President Hassan Rouhani and hold bilateral discussions with Iranian officials. Full text...

  • CAR: Ahead of elections in CAR, UN urges candidates to focus on children's needs
    13 february 2016 08:27:24
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - As voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) prepare for the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged the candidates to make strong commitments to invest in the survival, education and protection of children to ensure lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: ICGLR heads of state summit in Luanda postponed indefinitely
    12 february 2016 15:33:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A summit of the East African heads of state and governments of the regional initiative, dubbed the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), slated to take place Friday in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has been postponed until further notice, PANA reported, quoting an official statement here. Full text...

  • US: US Special envoy for Great Lakes visits region
    12 february 2016 11:16:14
    Washington, US (PANA) - The U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Thomas Perriello, has left Washington to visit several African countries on a trip focused on supporting regional efforts to resolve the crisis in Burundi and supporting upcoming elections in DR Congo. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma hits back at hecklers
    12 february 2016 09:23:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Friday hit back at MPs who repeatedly disrupted his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday night. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma on the ropes ahead of State of the Nation address
    11 february 2016 10:25:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high in Cape Town ahead of Thursday night’s State of the Nation address after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) vowed to disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s address. Last year’s proceedings ended in chaos after EFF MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly after they prevented Zuma from speaking. Full text...

  • CAR: UN official calls for urgent measures to fight impunity in CAR
    11 february 2016 07:25:24
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation's capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations. Full text...

  • Libya: Presidential council asked to announce new coalition govt. by Sunday
    10 february 2016 15:22:11
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The Chamber of Libyan Representatives (Parliament) has given the presidential council of the national reconciliation government until Sunday to present the new national unity government that was expected for Wednesday this week and on which Parliament must vote on Monday next week. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: French PM Manuel Valls to visit Mali, Burkina Faso
    10 february 2016 13:14:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected next week to visit the West African states of Mali and Burkina Faso next week which were recently attacked by terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ACBF Scribe seeks increased support for Africa's legislature
    09 february 2016 22:28:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, who is currently on a five-day official visit to Nigeria, has appealed for increased support for African legislatures to enable them further develop the democratic culture on the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa: Constitutional Court addresses Zuma scandal
    09 february 2016 12:30:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – All eyes are on the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg which is hearing an application about the illegitimate use of state funds for President Jacob Zuma’s private residence which has rocked his administration. Full text...

  • Zambia:New nomination fees for election candidates worry Zambian NGO
    05 february 2016 18:12:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Women for Change (WfC), a Zambian gender-focused non-governmental organisation, has condemned the decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to hike nomination fees for parliamentary candidates in this year’s general election. Full text...

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