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  • Nigeria: Electoral body to release voting plan on IDPs
    05 january 2015 12:25:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With Nigeria's general elections scheduled for 14 and 28 Feb. 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to make public its action plan for the millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to exercise their franchise, INEC spokesman Kayode Idowu said. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief welcomes launch of electoral monitoring mission in Burundi
    03 january 2015 17:26:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, which officially started its work on 1 Jan. 2015 as mandated by Security Council resolution 2137 (2014). Full text...

  • UN: Ban speaks with Somalia's new PM, urges creation of inclusive government
    02 january 2015 22:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 0n Friday called the new Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, to congratulate him on his recent appointment, expressing hope that he will move quickly to form an inclusive government, with the full participation of women. Full text...

  • Gambia: ‘2014 was a very bad year for opposition NRP’
    02 january 2015 20:49:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Hamat N.K. Bah, leader of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) in Gambia, has described 2014 as a “very bad year” for the party. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Right groups angered by Nigeria's refusal to vote in support of UN resolution on Palestine
    02 january 2015 12:59:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s refusal to vote in support of a key UN Security Council draft resolution on Palestine has come under sharp criticism by Muslim groups in the country, which describe it as a shift and a double standard in the country’s foreign policy. Full text...

  • US: OIC welcomes agreement between Djiboutian govt, opposition bloc
    01 january 2015 19:21:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt sets up commission of inquiry on drug trafficking in Mauritius
    01 january 2015 17:46:14
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth announced Thursday that a commission of inquiry on drug trafficking in the island would be set up in the coming days, as promised during the legislative elections campaign last month. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al-Bashir appeals to rebels to join Sudanese peace process
    01 january 2015 13:47:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan Wednesday saluted his compatriots on the occasion of the country’s 59th independence anniversary, stressing that the coming general elections would be held as scheduled in April 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government, opposition agree on violence-free polls
    01 january 2015 12:56:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In a rare convergence of opinion between Nigeria's ever-squabbling government and the opposition, both have agreed to work hard to ensure violence-free general elections next month in the country with a history of tumultuous elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan vows to make 2015 elections violence-free
    01 january 2015 10:11:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In his new year message to the nation Thursday, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to make the 2015 general election violence free, unlike the last general election in 2011 that was followed by an orgy of violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Boko Haram will be defeated'
    01 january 2015 09:31:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to defeat the insurgent group Boko Haram which has killed over 13,000 people in a string of violence that started in 2009 and continued till this day. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama seed major turnaround in Ghana's fortunes
    31 december 2014 22:52:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday predicted a major turnaround for the West African nation in the New Year after a difficult 2014 that saw the economy struggling, an unending energy crisis and many stories of corruption mainly by public officials. Full text...

  • LEAD: UN chief condemns Gambia coup attempt; Chambas to visit Banjul
    31 december 2014 20:52:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned all Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO canvasses for free, fair elections in Nigeria
    31 december 2014 12:01:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An international non-governmental organisation, Savannah Centre, with a focus on promoting the ideals of democracy in Africa, has called on critical stakeholders to see the success of 2015 general elections in Nigeria as the responsibility of all, not just the electoral body alone. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan Foreign minister in Khartoum for Sudanese independence anniversary
    30 december 2014 18:20:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan has sent its Foreign Minister, Benjamin Barnaba, to take part in celebrations marking Sudan’s independence anniversary on 1 January 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League to meet in Cairo Monday on Libya
    30 december 2014 14:25:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Arab League will on Monday meet at its headquarters in Cairo, capital of Egypt, in an emergency session of the League Council’s permanent delegates, Deputy Secretary General of the organisation, Ahmed Ben Helli, said. Full text...

  • Libya: Chadian President Deby calls for roadmap to resolve Libyan crisis
    29 december 2014 19:54:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno has called on Libya's neighbours to develop a roadmap to help the country out of its current crisis, stressing that many parties are working to undermine the dialogue between the various factions, Libyan media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Central Bank of Mauritius Governor sacked
    29 december 2014 09:58:18
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritius Rundheersingh Bheenick has been sacked by the country's new government, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Top Algerian MP says Chad, Algeria working to bring peace to Libya
    28 december 2014 19:40:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The President of the National People's Assembly of Algeria, Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, asserted here Sunday that Algeria and Chad will be working together for a possible policy dialogue in Libya and to end the violence there. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al-Bashir attacks opponents, vows continued imposition of Sharia
    28 december 2014 17:25:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Accusing both his civilian and armed opponents of being agents of the CIA and MOSSAD, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has vowed that his regime will continue imposing Islamic Sharia laws, according to the official Radio Omdurman news bulletin of Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan visits UK
    28 december 2014 14:14:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, left Abuja Sunday afternoon for a brief, private visit to the United Kingdom, according to a press statement, signed here by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Presidential poll, boycotted by opposition, major event of 2014
    28 december 2014 14:01:45
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The most important political event in 2014 in Mauritania was the presidential election, boycotted by the many opposition parties but largely won by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, with an anti-slavery activist coming second, according to analysts. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Deby advocates strong cooperation between Chad, Algeria
    28 december 2014 12:22:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Chadian president, Idriss Deby, on Saturday called for enhanced economic relations between his country and Algeria with a view to embarking on development projects for the benefit of the two countries and the African continent. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns expulsion of UN staff from Sudan
    26 december 2014 18:00:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the decision by the authorities in Sudan to expel two senior UN officials from the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian govt. excited at the creation of Sahel G5
    26 december 2014 12:33:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - At its Council of Ministers meeting here Thursday, the Mauritanian government adopted the draft law on ratifications of the Convention on the creation of 5 Saharan States Grouping (G5), signed in Nouakchott on 19 December, PANA learnt Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS declares Liberia's special senatorial polls free, fair, credible
    26 december 2014 10:53:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has declared Liberia's special senatorial elections on 20 Dec. 2014 as ''free, fair, credible and transparent'', despite some ''insignificant shortcomings''. Full text...

  • Togo: Former judge appointed Ombudsman in Togo
    25 december 2014 20:53:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A former appeal court judge, Mrs Awa Nana Daboya, has been appointed Ombudsman of Togo and president-elect of the High Council for Reconciliation and Strengthening of National Unity, official sources said on Thursday in Lome. Full text...

  • Libya: UN names representatives to Libya's dialogue
    25 december 2014 13:48:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has named its representatives to the Inter-Libyan dialogue, scheduled for 5 January, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails appointment of new Somalia PM
    24 december 2014 19:51:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the Full text...

  • UN: Global Arms Trade Treaty takes effect Wednesday
    24 december 2014 19:25:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) went into force on Wednesday, Full text...

  • UN: UN chief applauds Tunisia for successful presidential elections
    23 december 2014 22:45:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday commended the Tunisian people on the successful holding of the second round of presidential elections on 21 December and congratulated the president-elect, Beji Caid Essebsi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan welcomes stronger economic ties with Ethiopia
    23 december 2014 22:41:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the cordial bilateral relations between Nigeria and Ethiopia which, he said, have encouraged leading Nigerian companies to establish branches in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia cancels tourist visas for some European, African nationals
    23 december 2014 17:36:40
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has with immediate effect cancelled tourist visas for nationals of a number of European and African countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan promises better trade relations with other nations
    23 december 2014 17:08:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in the capital city of Abuja pledged that his administration would continue to actively encourage and support the development of more mutually-beneficial trade and economic relations between Nigeria and other developing nations. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy makes new efforts to relaunch inclusive dialogue
    23 december 2014 15:51:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General in Libya Bernardino Leon Tuesday made proposals to the Libyan Parliament on the national inclusive dialogue focusing on the setting up of a large government and the holding of the next rounds of talks abroad. Full text...

  • Togo: Revision of voter's register starts 20 Jan.
    23 december 2014 12:57:29
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The revision of the electoral register ahead of the 2015 presidential election in Togo will start 20 Jan., PANA learned from official source in Lomé. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-UN envoy heads panel on Nigeria’s 2015 election
    23 december 2014 11:32:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Former UN Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari has been named to head the Council of the Wise Men Panel on 2015 general elections in Nigeria that will also serve as a benchmark for four other West African countries holding similar elections. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU gives 7.78m euros in humanitarian support to South Sudan
    23 december 2014 10:59:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has granted an additional humanitarian support of 7.78 million euros to South Sudan, taking to 117 million euros the total amount of its humanitarian assistance to the country for the year 2014. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Pres. Abdel Aziz congratulates Tunisia's President-elect
    23 december 2014 10:17:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has congratulated Beji Caid Essebsi on his recent election as President of Tunisia. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Top EU official congratulates new Tunisian president
    22 december 2014 22:02:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The European Union senior representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, on Monday commended Tunisia's President-elect, Béji Caïd Esebsi, for his electoral victory in Sunday's presidential run-off saying “the Tunisian people have opened an historic page” in the country’s democracy. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US president Obama congratulates Essebsi on his victory
    22 december 2014 20:40:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Monday congratulated Béji Caïd Essebsi on his election as Head of State of Tunisia, whilst paying tribute to the Tunisian people "who very competently presided over the first presidential election under a new Constitution". Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Bouteflika congratulates Tunisia's president-elect
    22 december 2014 20:02:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has paid glowing tribute to the Tunisian people who “showed common sense and maturity”, by ensuring the success of Sunday's election. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Tunisia for successful presidential elections
    22 december 2014 19:10:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday congratulated Tunisia's president-elect Full text...

  • Tunisia: Kerry congratulates Tunisia's president-elect Essebsi
    22 december 2014 19:04:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has on Monday congratulated Tunisian president-elect Béji Caïd Essebsi saying Tunisia “has given its region and the entire world an excellent example for what is possible to do in terms of democracy, consensus and the adoption of political operation that brings together all parties”. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Woman elected Speaker of Mauritian Parliament
    22 december 2014 15:52:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Sixty-two-year-old Maya Hanoomanjee was Monday elected Speaker of the Parliament in Mauritius, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: S/Sudan talks adjourn with little progress, further hostilities loom
    22 december 2014 08:23:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Talks to end the year-long South Sudanese war ended here Sunday with little progress, raising fears of more hostilities. Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria says solution to Libyan crisis is in hands of Libyans
    21 december 2014 14:56:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – "Algeria will accompany Libyan stakeholders in their mission to resolve the crisis in their country," Algeria's Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has said. Full text...

  • Libya: Government accuses assailants against oil ports of alliance with Islamists
    20 december 2014 15:01:54
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government led by Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni has accused the armed groups who attacked oil ports in the east of the country of supporting terrorist groups like Ansar Asharia and their allies in Benghazi and Derna after they were defeated by the troops of the Libyan army and patriotic citizens. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU's Dlamini Zuma emphasises urgency of local financing for AU plans
    20 december 2014 14:50:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders should take steps to break the impasse over the alternative sources of funding the African Union (AU), the Chairperson of its Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Sahel G5 calls for foreign intervention in Libya
    20 december 2014 13:17:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The group of Sahel countries (Sahel G5), which constitutes the front line in of the fight against terrorism, is seeking the establishment of an international force to help stabilize the security situation in Libya, a country facing severe crisis likely to destabilize the sub-region. Full text...

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