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  • Côte d'Ivoire: 'Free, fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire, a priority for US'
    07 july 2015 21:30:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The US deputy secretary for West African Affairs at the US State Department, Mrs Bisa Williams, on Tuesday in Abidjan said that a top priority for the United States with regard to Côte d'Ivoire is to ensure free and fair elections in October with high voter turnout. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition demands electoral, constitutional reforms
    07 july 2015 18:57:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Gambian opposition parties have jointly made proposals and demands geared towards electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of the West African country's 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Opposition MPs quit parliament before formal closure
    07 july 2015 11:40:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian Opposition legislators late Monday exited the National Assembly three days ahead of its official dissolution by President Jakaya Kikwete before the general elections set for 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy opposes deportation of illegal migrants to Libya
    07 july 2015 10:51:15
    Tripoli (PANA) - Italy is opposed to the proposal in certain circles to deport to Libya the hordes of illegal migrants using the North African country as a staging post to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy warns GNC with sanctions if it fails to reach agreement national govt
    06 july 2015 20:27:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has warned the General National Congress (GNC), the outgoing parliament installed in Tripoli, with severe sanctions if they fail to reach agreement likely to pave way for the formation of a national consensus government, Libyan newspapers reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Museveni to mediate peace negotiations in Burundi
    06 july 2015 18:43:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The third East African Community Emergency Summit on Burundi held here Monday has appointed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda to mediate peace negotiations among Burundian parties involved in the country’s pre-election conflict. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU support for cooperation in West Africa reaches €1.1 billion
    06 july 2015 17:25:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on Monday co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa, covering the time until 2020. Full text...

  • Burundi: Nkurunziza holds electioneering campaign in central Burundi
    06 july 2015 13:09:14
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Defying opposition demands and international pressure that he should not run for a third term, President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday took his campaign for the presidency to Mwaro province (central Burundi). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Compaore minister to run for president
    06 july 2015 09:42:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a former minister under the regime of former Burkina President Blaise Compaore, is to contest the country's presidential election in October. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition demands electoral, constitutional reform
    05 july 2015 20:53:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Six opposition parties in The Gambia have demanded electoral and Constitutional reform ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Malawi to attend independence anniversary
    05 july 2015 17:37:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Sunday left for Malawi to attend that country’s 51st independence anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy expresses hopes of breakthrough in Libyan political dialogue
    05 july 2015 16:58:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paulo Genteloni has expressed the hope that the Libyan parties, due to meet again in Morocco on Monday, will sign the political accord proposed by UN envoy Bernardino Leon, according to the local media on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan, Maltese authorities discuss security, terrorism, illegal immigration
    04 july 2015 13:23:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Officials from Libya and Malta are exploring areas of cooperation between their two countries, especially in the domains of security, counter-terrorism and the fight against illegal immigration. Full text...

  • Libya: Ambassadors in Libya welcome commitment at Libyan peace talks
    03 july 2015 20:36:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The ambassadors of several European and African countries, the US and European Union have welcomed the declaration of participants at the Inter-Libyan talks in Morocco reaffirming their commitment to dialogue. Full text...

  • Morocco: Libyan stakeholders reaffirm commitment to dialogue
    03 july 2015 13:39:24
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The participants in the inter-Libyan peace talks in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue as the only means to reach a peaceful resolution of the crisis affecting the country, Full text...

  • US: Top US official begins African swing 7 July
    03 july 2015 11:58:09
    Washington, U.S. (PANA) - The US Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele T. Bond will visit Benin, Gabon and Guinea July 7-11, the US State Department has announced. Full text...

  • US: US slams more sanctions on Burundi, urges dialogue
    03 july 2015 11:40:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has announced additional sanctions against Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement by seeking to run for a third term in office. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU agree to enhance election observation in Africa
    02 july 2015 19:38:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In the framework of the Pan-African Programme, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for an amount of € 6million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity, the Commission announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS accredits five Ambassadors
    02 july 2015 17:45:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Thursday accredited five Ambassadors to the sub-regional group, with Commission President using the occasion to pledge greater cooperation with the diplomatic Missions accredited to the Commission towards the entrenchment of peace, security, stability and economic advancement of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to assist Burkina Faso to organize polls
    02 july 2015 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has pledged to work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in conducting free, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former minister sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
    02 july 2015 13:53:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Former ICT and Innovation Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who resigned from his post Wednesday after he was found guilty of conflict of interest, was Thursday jailed 12 months, PANA learnt from judicial sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN imposes sanctions against South Sudanese military chiefs
    02 july 2015 12:31:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against six top military commanders in South Sudan, three from each side of the conflict, but doubts remained on the impact of such sanctions against military officers with unknown foreign assets. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
    02 july 2015 11:40:19
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that targeted the Egyptian army in northern Sinai, calling it an attempt to marginalize Egypt's leadership role in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'Burundi polls not credible'
    02 july 2015 10:42:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has expressed concern about the legislative and local elections that were held 29 June in Burundi, saying the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility were not respected during the elections. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties urged to agree on national government
    02 july 2015 08:55:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina Faso nationals still need visa to enter Tunisia'
    01 july 2015 22:04:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso nationals still need to obtain visa to enter Tunisia as cancellation of the entry visa agreed between the two countries is not yet effective, the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: EU urges Libyans to accept UN deal
    01 july 2015 20:36:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The EU senior representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security, Federica Mogherini, has called on the different Libyan factions to accept the political agreement proposed by the United Nations to find solution to the crisis rocking the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: First woman takes over as AU Commission’s Secretary General
    01 july 2015 20:21:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed outgoing Secretary General of the Commission, Ambassador Jean Mfasoni, Special Advisor in her Office as from 1 July 2015, the Chairperson’s Office announced in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Electoral Commissioner given highest national honour
    01 july 2015 17:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday conferred the country's highest honour, the Companion of the Star of Ghana, on the former chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, for his "transformational leadership". Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian Minister of ICT resigns over indictment
    01 july 2015 15:48:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Innovation (ICT), Pravind Jugnauth, on Wednesday resigned from office after he was found guilty of conflict of interest by a court in Port Louis, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • US: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US task Libyan parties on political agreement
    01 july 2015 14:33:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The French, German, Italian, Spanish, the British and US governments have called on all Libyan parties and stakeholders to show responsibility, leadership and courage, in order to reach a viable political agreement that would bring peace and stability to their country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ruling PF party scoops all 3 parliamentary seats in by-election
    01 july 2015 14:20:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party of President Edgar Lungu has grabbed three seats from the opposition after scooping all three parliamentary seats in by-elections held Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Don't dissolve Presidential Security Regiment'
    01 july 2015 12:24:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The commission set up by Burkina's interim President Michel Kafando to determine the fate of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), set up by former President Blaise Compaoré, has rejected calls for the dissolution of the regiment. Full text...

  • Cameroon: French President due in Cameroon Friday
    01 july 2015 12:10:33
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - French President Francois Hollande is expected in Yaounde Friday for a brief official visit to Cameroon, the Cameroonian presidency announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Integration, development agenda receives boost
    01 july 2015 09:53:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and its Development Partners have agreed to continue to work towards the full realization of their regional integration and development agenda for West Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: ICT Minister, Jugnauth, resigns
    01 july 2015 08:43:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian ICT and Innovation Minister Pravind Jugnauth Wednesday resigned from his post after a court in Port-Louis found him guilty of conflict of interest in the sale of a mediclinic, in which his sister was a shareholder, to the state in 2011. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Presdient Essebsi vows to fight terrorism
    30 june 2015 22:03:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi has reaffirmed his country's determination to fight terrorism and religious extremism. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Trial of alleged killers of Tunisian political leader Chokri Belaïd opens
    30 june 2015 21:24:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The trial of alleged murderers of Tunisian politician Chokri Belaïd in 2013 opened in Tunis on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Main opposition party denounces President Sassou Nguesso's third term bid
    30 june 2015 21:00:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The main opposition party in Congo on Tuesday denounced the attempts of President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third term Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU-UN Mission says ground not ready for blue berets to land in Somalia
    30 june 2015 20:46:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Conditions are not yet met for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia, according to the Joint AU-UN Mission which has reviewed the benchmarks for deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission and operations of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's electoral chief bows out in blaze of glory
    30 june 2015 15:27:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Widely acknowledged to have organized the freest and fairest elections in Nigeria's history, the country's electoral chief, Prof. Attahiru Jega, left office Tuesday at the end of his five-year tenure, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: US welcomes release of rights activist in Mauritania
    30 june 2015 14:04:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The US embassy in Mauritania has welcomed the release, on medical grounds, of Sow Djibi, the chairman of a civil society organization, arrested in November last year together with the leader of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the abolitionist movement (IRA), Birame Ould Dah Ould Abeid. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa dispatched to Lesotho for urgent talks
    30 june 2015 11:21:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently dispatched to Lesotho to hold talks with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili following a fresh wave of violence that is threatening the stability of the mountain kingdom. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. condemns assassination of Egyptian prosecutor
    30 june 2015 10:03:01
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has condemned the assassination of Egypt's state prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was killed on Monday after his motorcade was hit by a bomb blast in the capital city of Cairo. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Libya's political agreement to be signed this week
    29 june 2015 21:28:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Monday announced that there is a political agreement among the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and hoped to have them signed it later this week. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia commends election of speaker of regional assembly
    29 june 2015 18:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Hollande visits three African countries this week
    29 june 2015 18:11:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French President François Hollande will on Wednesday start a three-day African tour that will take him to Benin, Angola and Cameroon, official sources here told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria to appeal Bashir court ruling
    29 june 2015 13:24:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Monday confirmed that it will appeal the recent North Gauteng High Court ruling over Sudanese President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Togo: 23-member cabinet named
    29 june 2015 12:25:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - A 23-member government, including four women and headed by Komi Sélom Klassou as Prime Minister, was announced here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Morocco: Signing of Libyan peace deal postponed
    29 june 2015 11:20:47
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Libyan stakeholders meeting here could not agree on the signing of a UN-brokered Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after the delegation of the National General Congress (NGC) asked for more time to consult on the MoU. Full text...

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