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  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa cuts short UK trip over protest action
    20 april 2018 09:42:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday cut short his official visit to the UK to deal with major protests in the North West province. He had been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he was leading a government delegation. Full text...

  • UN to study its role in Liberia conflict resolution, political mediation
    20 april 2018 05:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Commending the remarkable achievements made by the people and Government of Liberia to consolidate lasting peace and stability in the wake of a 1999-2003 civil war, the Security Council on Thursday asked the United Nations Secretary-General to conduct a study of the role played by its peacekeeping mission in resolving conflicts and other challenges the country has faced. Full text...

  • Bashir sacks foreign minister Ghandour
    19 april 2018 21:09:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Thursday relieved foreign minister Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour of his duties. Full text...

  • Barrow addresses UK gathering on Gambia
    18 april 2018 22:21:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday addressed a gathering in London, UK, on Gambia’s future. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Burundi over deaths, intimidation ahead of referendum
    17 april 2018 11:29:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Burundi government forces and ruling party members have killed, beaten, and intimidated perceived opponents of a constitutional referendum set for a 17 May, 2018 vote that would enable the president to extend his term in office, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group urges SADC to act on DR Congo crisis
    16 april 2018 16:36:34
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - As the he Southern African Development Community (SADC) meets on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola, to discuss security in the region, a human rights group is asking the leaders of the regional grouping to work to end the suffering of the people of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Gambia returns to Commonwealth fold after 5 years of absence
    16 april 2018 15:35:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow will leave Banjul on Tuesday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in London, United Kingdom, after five years of Gambia's withdrawal from the 54-member body by ex-president Yahya Jammeh, according to a Presidency news release received by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia's opposition party complains to UN, US Embassy over ‘oppression’ of supporters
    16 april 2018 14:40:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Momodou Alieu Bah, the interim vice leader of Gambia’s opposition Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC), has said his party has signaled the office of United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the U.S. Embassy in the Gambia about the oppression and harassment of his party supporters. Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • Gambian FM eulogises party supporter killed by ex-president Jammeh's gov’t
    14 april 2018 15:33:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe, on Saturday eulogised one of his party’s officers who was said to have been tortured to death during former President Yahya Jammeh’s government in April 2016. Full text...

  • Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief
    14 april 2018 06:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - "‘Mama Winnie’ – as she was affectionately known – was a towering figure in the struggle against apartheid,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, during a tribute held at United Nations Headquarters in honour of the late Winfred ‘Winnie’ Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela. Full text...

  • Polish FM pays tribute to Rwanda genocide victims
    13 april 2018 20:09:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Foreign Minister of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, on Friday paid tribute to victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, located at Gisozi, a small hill overlooking Kigali city. Full text...

  • UDP wins Gambia’s local council election
    13 april 2018 19:57:37
    Banjul, The Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s biggest party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), has won Thursday's local council elections, claiming 62 of the 120 seats, election officials announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Polish foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, visits Rwanda
    13 april 2018 16:07:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Foreign Minister of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, visited Rwanda on Friday at the head of official Polish delegation to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, a diplomatic source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP calls for more efforts to attain peace in South Sudan, Somalia
    11 april 2018 22:01:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Kenya has called on the East African region to step up efforts to achieve peace and stability in South Sudan and Somalia. Full text...

  • Gambians vote in local council elections from Thursday
    11 april 2018 21:50:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambians begin two days of local council elections on Thursday with election of councillors and mayors scheduled for Thursday and Saturday respectively. Full text...

  • Electoral commissions in Africa commit to optimising benefits of technology
    11 april 2018 17:15:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Western and Southern African regions have pledged to leverage technological innovations to improve the credibility of electoral processes and enhance the sanctity of the ballot and integrity of electoral outcomes. Full text...

  • ECONEC presents findings of study on cost of elections
    11 april 2018 13:48:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three consultants commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) to conduct a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, presented their findings to the on-going Abuja International Conference on Wednesday, with the Lead Consultant, Prof. Adele Jinadu, advocating that elections should be considered as an investment with social benefits that will engender democracy and economic development. Full text...

  • Trump lifts Chad travel ban
    11 april 2018 10:01:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - President Donald J. Trump announced on Tuesday the lifting of travel restrictions for Chadian nationals following a period of review in which the Government of Chad improved their identity-management and information sharing practices, the UN Department of State announced. Full text...

  • Gambia political scientist says ‘Women, Youth should be empowered politically’
    10 april 2018 16:45:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political Scientist Ismaila Ceesay has said women and young people of the country should be empowered in the political arena to ensure national development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election assistance improving polls with integrity in West Africa
    10 april 2018 16:28:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A book on "A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa" has been unveiled in Abuja with an official of the German Development Agency, GIZ, which provided funding for the publication commending ECOWAS’ electoral assistance for adding value to elections in the region. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone EC thanks voters, international institutions for peaceful vote
    09 april 2018 20:02:50
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone says over 80 per cent of registered voters participated in the general elections elections held on 7 March as well as the presidential run-off on 31 March. Full text...

  • UK reaffirms support for Libyan national unity govt
    09 april 2018 19:30:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The British minister for Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on Monday reaffirmed his country’s support to the government of national accord and its efforts to reach global national reconciliation. Full text...

  • ECONEC President urges appropriate, cost effective use of technology in elections
    09 april 2018 19:07:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for “appropriate and cost-effective” use of technology to boost public confidence in the electoral process and for the protection of the sanctity and integrity of the ballot. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari to contest for second term
    09 april 2018 14:12:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a second term next year. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari begins official visit to Britain Monday
    09 april 2018 11:06:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja on Monday for an official visit to Britain during which he would hold discussions on Nigeria–British relations with Prime Minister Theresa May, presidential spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, has said. Full text...

  • ECONEC board meets ahead of Abuja int'l conference on use of technology in elections
    08 april 2018 19:19:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) held its second governing board meeting on Saturday, in Abuja, Nigeria, presided over by its President, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to agree on the accelerated implementation of the body’s activities and action plan, ahead of a three-day International Conference opening on Monday, on the "Opportunities and Challenges in the use of Technology in Elections". Full text...

  • New Sierra Leone President sets up cross-party committee on political violence
    07 april 2018 18:24:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's new President Julius Maada Bio has initiated a cross-party committee to address incidents of political violence and intimidation across the country. Full text...

  • UN calls for 'sharper action' to prevent mass atrocities on anniversary of Rwandan genocide
    07 april 2018 04:41:57
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world officially remembers the genocidal murder of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, United Nations leaders warn that ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities continue to blight humanity and call for sharper action to prevent such wholesale violations. Full text...

  • New Sierra Leonean president commits to unity, disciplined leadership
    06 april 2018 12:00:55
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - As world leaders acknowledge his victory in a bitterly fought election, Sierra Leone’s new President Julius Maada Bio, has affirmed his commitment to “national unity, cohesion and disciplined leadership”. Full text...

  • UN chief applauds Sierra Leoneans for peaceful elections
    06 april 2018 07:09:27
    New York US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has applauded Sierra Leoneans for a peace election and congratulated newly elected president Julius Maada Bio on his vuctory. Full text...

  • Security Council urges dialogue in Burundi
    06 april 2018 06:58:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern over the slow pace of the inter-Burundian dialogue and the lack of engagement by the Government, the United Nations Security Council has called on all stakeholders, in particular the authorities, to commit to the dialogue and reach an agreement ahead of the 2020 elections. Full text...

  • Gambia condemns attack against Saudi Arabia
    05 april 2018 15:54:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government on Thursday condemned the recent attack against Saudi Arabia while expressing solidarity with the kingdom. Full text...

  • Losing Sierra Leone party to challenge results
    05 april 2018 07:46:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's All People's Congress (APC), whose candidate Dr Samura Kamara has just lost the presidential run-off vote, has said it will challenge the results, citing many irregularities at the 31 March poll. Full text...

  • Former military leader Bio sworn in as Sierra Leone's 5th president
    05 april 2018 05:27:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's former military leader Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) was on Wednesday night sworn in as the country's 5th President. Full text...

  • Julius Maada Bio to take office as Sierra Leone's 5th President
    04 april 2018 20:03:50
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) is to be sworn in as the country's 5th President having won the 31 March presidential run-off election with more than 92,000 vote margin against his ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) counterpart Dr Samura Kamara, informed sources said in Freetown on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana's former president underlines his neutrality in Sierra Leone's run-off election
    04 april 2018 12:07:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former President and chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Sierra Leone election, John Dramani Mahama, has vehemently denied reports on social media that he left that country because of his support for one of the candidates in last Saturday's presidential run-off vote. Full text...

  • Sudan congratulates Egyptian President al-Sisi on re-election
    03 april 2018 09:09:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has congratulated Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on his re-election for a second four-year term. Full text...

  • Sudan congratulates new Ethiopian Premier
    03 april 2018 09:01:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan has congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his assumption of office as the new Prime Minister for Ethiopia. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson congratulates Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister
    02 april 2018 19:25:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, following the resignation of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • Candidates in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off sign accord on ballot tallying
    02 april 2018 12:06:01
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Candidates in Saturday's Sierra Leone's presidential run-off election on Monday signed an agreement in Freetown on the procedure for tallying of ballots before the results are announced. Full text...

  • Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister assumes office
    02 april 2018 09:33:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiye Ahimed Ali, took the oath of office on Monday succeeding Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned in February. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers give thumbs-up to Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    02 april 2018 05:00:43
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Observation Mission has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of Sierra Leone’s 31 March rescheduled presidential run-off vote despite some challenges including the “intimidating” presence of security in a particular polling centre in Kenema district and the conflicting number of police officers deployed to one polling centre in Freetown’s Western Area Urban. Full text...

  • Zambia expels Cuban Ambassador for attending launch of opposition Socialist party
    01 april 2018 19:21:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expelled the Cuban Ambassador accredited to Zambia. Full text...

  • International poll observers meet ahead of Sierra Leone poll result
    01 april 2018 15:39:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday ahead of the announcement of official results of Sierra Leone's closely-watched March 31 presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • Smooth transfer of leadership, as Botswana celebrate new dawn
    01 april 2018 10:28:53
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana continues to be a beacon of democracy on the African continent, as the country swore in its fifth President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi. Full text...

  • Vote counting under way in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    31 march 2018 18:34:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ballots are being counted in Sierra Leone after the official end of voting at 5 pm (GMT) in the West African country's rescheduled presidential run-off election on Saturday. Full text...

  • Voting ends in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off election
    31 march 2018 17:12:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have officially closed in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Polls open in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off vote
    31 march 2018 10:54:57
    Freetown, SiedrraLeone (PANA) - Voting kicked off slowly on Saturday in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since its independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

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