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  • Rights group hails President Kabila’s decision not to contest election
    09 august 2018 06:24:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has welcomed the news that the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, will not be a candidate in the 23 December election and said it should be followed by concrete human rights steps. Full text...

  • AUC deputy chair meets Africans in diaspora in Caribbean, seeks to advance the African agenda world-wide
    08 august 2018 14:28:15
    Kingston, Jamaica (PANA) - Before concluding his visit to the Caribbean (7 August), the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amb. Kwesi Quartey, held talks with government officials, met representatives of the Africans in diaspora community and led emancipation commemoration events Full text...

  • AU hails South Sudan peace deal
    07 august 2018 15:57:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday described an agreement concluded in Khartoum, Sudan by South Sudanese rivals as “an important step in ending the conflict in South Sudan and the suffering inflicted on its people”. Full text...

  • Libya High National Elections Commission ready for forthcoming elections
    07 august 2018 13:55:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad Al-Sayeh, has reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to hold the elections on time, through the geographical constituencies. Full text...

  • New book chronicles Mugabe's fall from grace
    07 august 2018 11:46:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after Zimbabwe’s historic elections, a new book published in South Africa reveals the dramatic fall from power of that country’s former president, Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • South Sudan peace deal a ‘big step forward’: UN mission chief
    07 august 2018 05:40:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As South Sudanese jubilate about a new peace agreement, the top UN official in the country has described the accord as “a big step forward” towards ending nearly five years of brutal conflict. Full text...

  • Ghana president Akufo-Addo sacks his Energy Minister over 'fraudulent' energy deal
    06 august 2018 20:24:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday sacked his Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, over the controversial review deal of an electricity generation agreement that the opposition, energy experts and civil society organisations described as fraudulent. Full text...

  • Kenyatta for White House meeting with President Trump
    06 august 2018 19:39:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been invited to attend a presidential confab at the White House on 27 Aug 2018 to discuss strategic issues between Kenya and the US, a White House spokesperson said on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudan peace pact not excuse to mobilise for war - Museveni warns
    06 august 2018 16:05:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has warned South Sudanese foes against using the peace agreement signed in Khartoum as an excuse to mobilise for war. Full text...

  • South Sudanese gov't, opposition sign final peace deal, end 4 years of conflict
    06 august 2018 15:23:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The parties to the conflict in South Sudan on Sunday evening signed a final peace pact, ending more than four years of conflict in the youngest nation. Full text...

  • AUC pledges support to DR Congo's electoral process
    06 august 2018 12:54:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - "Guided by the relevant instruments, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union will spare no efforts to help mobilize the necessary technical and logistical support for the successful organization of the DR Congo elections, scheduled for December 2018." Full text...

  • Kenyatta congratulates Zimbabwean President on election outcome
    06 august 2018 09:22:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent congratulatory messages to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the elections which took place in the Southern Africa nation. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation ends four-nation tour
    05 august 2018 07:39:01
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by governing board President Mahmood Yakubu has ended a four-nation Needs Assessment and Solidarity Mission, pledging support for Togo’s 20 December parliamentary elections endorsed by the Lome Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission to help secure Guinea Bissau's November polls
    04 august 2018 09:43:32
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS peace Mission in Guinea Bissau, ECOMIB, has reassured a visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) of its total commitment to complementing the national security agencies in securing Guinea Bissau’s parliamentary elections slated for 18 November. Full text...

  • US urges Zimbabwe stakeholders to pursue election grievances peacefully
    04 august 2018 09:38:39
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has urged all stakeholders and citizens in Zimbabwe to pursue any grievances in connection with last Monday's elections peacefully and through established legal channels. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Mnangagwa pledges to serve all Zimbabweans
    03 august 2018 18:22:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged to serve all Zimbabweans irrespective of political affiliation following his election that has been drowned in controversy as the opposition has refused to accept the results. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Mnangagwa's supporters celebrate double victory, Chamisa prepares to challenge results of Zim polls
    03 august 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Supporters of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have on Friday been celebrating their double victory in last Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • International observers condemn Zimbabwe's post-election violence
    03 august 2018 11:45:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - International Election Observer Missions to Zimbabwe have condemned the bloody post-election violence that rocked the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and extended their sympathies to all those affected when police cracked down on the opposition demonstrators. Full text...

  • ECONEC, Nigeria mobilise support for Guinea Bissau’s November polls
    03 august 2018 10:06:47
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - At the request of the Guinea Bissau government and facilitation by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), the Nigerian government is to provide crucial logistics and voter registration support to facilitate the holding of Guinea Bissau’s November legislative elections. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa on poll win
    03 august 2018 08:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday saluted his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election victory. Full text...

  • HRW calls for 'immediate, impartial' investigation of Harare post-election protests
    03 august 2018 06:12:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government should immediately and impartially investigate the use of force by security forces to clamp down on post-election protests in Harare last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa wins presidential election
    03 august 2018 00:06:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Monday's controversial presidential election, beating the main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, according to official results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announces final parliamentary election results
    02 august 2018 11:25:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday declared the results of the final three constituencies in last Monday's parliamentary elections with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance winning 2 seats and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) winning the third one. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition party condemns Harare bloodshed
    02 august 2018 10:10:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the use of live ammunition on unarmed civilians in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Uneasy calm in Harare after bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators
    02 august 2018 10:03:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is uneasy calm on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Wednesday's bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators who claimed their victory in Monday's elections had been stolen. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau appeals for electoral support
    02 august 2018 09:16:29
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau’s Interior Minister Mutaro Djalo has appealed to development partners and friendly nations for support to enable the country conduct a success legislative election next November and mitigate the country’s political fragility. Full text...

  • ECONEC, UNDP discuss support for Guinea Bissau polls
    02 august 2018 08:14:24
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, met on Wednesday with officials of the UNDP Office in Bissau to discuss Guinea Bissau’s November parliamentary election and areas of support for the national electoral Commission, CNE. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau Supreme Court president receives ECONEC delegation
    02 august 2018 06:30:39
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The Predident of Guinea Bissau's Supreme Court Justice Paulo Sanha on Tuesday in Bissau received a visiting delegation of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President Prof Mahmood Yakubu. Full text...

  • UN calls for restraint in Zimbabwe; presidential election results expected to be announced
    02 august 2018 05:04:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations is calling for restraint in Zimbabwe where deadly clashes in Harare on Wednesday between demonstrators of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protesting Monday's election results claimed three lives. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: 3 killed in Zimbabwe election violence; President Mnangagwa blames opposition MDC Alliance
    01 august 2018 20:10:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Three people have died in Wednesday's violence in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protested against results of Monday's elections in the Southern African country, police said. Full text...

  • Buhari, Gambian leader hold talks in Abuja
    01 august 2018 18:39:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held talks with visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe as poll results show ruling party wins two-thirds of parliamentary seats
    01 august 2018 15:25:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Violence erupted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as parliamentary results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed that the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has won a landslide victory in Monday's vote. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Election observer missions approve Zimbabwe's elections
    01 august 2018 11:12:54
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Several observer missions to Zimbabwe’s elections on Wednesday approved the vote and made recommendations on how the country can improve the process in the future, the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • SA opposition condemns President Ramaphosa's land expropriation announcement
    01 august 2018 09:35:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been a major reaction to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the ruling African National Congress would propose an amendment to the Constitution to pave the way for the expropriation of land without compensation. Full text...

  • Ruling ZANU-PF in clear lead in parliamentary vote; presidential results yet to be released
    01 august 2018 06:09:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has taken a commanding lead in Monday's parliamentary election, winning more than 70 per cent of seats so far declared, the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • HAC commends Malian media for exhibiting professionalism during presidential polls
    31 july 2018 16:03:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The president of the Malian High Communication Authority (HAC), Fodié Toure, has praised the professionalism exhibited by the Malian media in covering the nation's 29 July presidential election. Full text...

  • President Barrow urges ECOWAS to send strong message against terrorism
    31 july 2018 14:22:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President, Adama Barrow, has called on regional leaders of ECOWAS and the East Africa Economic Community (ECCAS) to send a clear message of warning to all extremist groups that the blocs are united and resolute in fighting and defeating terrorists and criminals. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Senegalese electoral commission
    31 july 2018 14:14:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), headed by governing board president, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, met in Dakar on Tuesday with officials of Senegal's Independent Electoral Commission (CENA) led by its President, Doudou Ndir. Full text...

  • UPDATE: 'Disregard unofficial results', urges Zimbabwe electoral commissioner
    31 july 2018 10:29:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Priscilla Chigumba, has urged Zimbabweans to disregard results not announced by the commission, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, (ZBC) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa claims victory
    31 july 2018 06:28:29
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is claiming victory in Monday's historic presidential elections saying his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is ready to form the next government. Full text...

  • Counting of votes continues in Zimbabwe elections
    31 july 2018 05:35:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Counting of votes in Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections is continuing on Tuesday as the Electoral Commission put the provisional voter turnout at 75 per cent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's historic elections conclude peacefully
    30 july 2018 17:30:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections concluded officially at 7 pm (1700 GMT) on Monday with reports indicating that there was a high turnout throughout the Southern African nation. Full text...

  • UPDATE: High turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic elections
    30 july 2018 12:57:40
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is a high turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Monday. Full text...

  • Collation of ballot papers in progress after Mali vote
    30 july 2018 07:15:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Collation of ballots is in progress on Monday at designated centres after Mali's presidential election on Sunday that was marked by low voter-turnout. Full text...

  • Guterres urges Comoros gov't, opposition to ‘respect the rule of law and human rights’
    30 july 2018 06:08:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The recent infringement of democratic rights and civil liberties in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, as they vote on constitutional reform, is a source of concern said United Nations chief António Guterres on Sunday. Full text...

  • Polls open in Zimbabwe's historic elections
    30 july 2018 05:50:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Polls have opened in Zimbabwe where voters are casting their ballots in their historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit, other meetings in Lome, Togo
    29 july 2018 12:19:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, departed Abuja on Sunday for Lome, Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings. Full text...

  • As Malians head to the polls, Guterres calls for peaceful vote
    29 july 2018 11:37:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As Mali’s crucial presidential election begin on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has said despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”. Full text...

  • Any dispute over key Mali vote must be resolved peacefully, says UN envoy
    28 july 2018 07:36:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - With key presidential elections in Mali just one day away, the top United Nations official there has stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”. Full text...

  • Barrow spells out moves towards digital revolution in Gambia
    27 july 2018 09:29:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has spelt out the communications and digital policy of his government geared towards digital revolution and connecting the Gambia to the world’s digital economy. Full text...

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