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  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign
    24 january 2017 07:19:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Central Africa’s most accomplished diplomat takes aim at AU post (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    24 january 2017 06:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, the former Chadian Prime Minister, who is running for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) believes in style and substance. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints female as Gambia's Vice President
    23 january 2017 19:29:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has picked Fatoumatta C.M. Jallow Tambajang, a former United Nations diplomat and health minister, as Vice President, Presidential spokesperson Halifa Sallah announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria works for robust and stronger African Union
    23 january 2017 19:14:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will continue to work together with other African countries to ensure that the African Union becomes a stronger and more robust organization for the benefit of the continent and its people, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan candidate for AU post winds up campaign in Guinea Bissau
    23 january 2017 19:01:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amina Mohamed, was set to wind up her campaign in Guinea Bissau and Benin after visiting 50 other African Union member states, a Kenyan minister spearheading her campaign team said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Outgoing Mauritian PM cedes power to son
    23 january 2017 14:20:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Upon his resignation as Prime Minister of Mauritius, 87-year-old Sir Anerood Jugnauth has named his son, Pravind Jugnauth, his successor. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes on-going peaceful transition in Gambia
    23 january 2017 06:29:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the on-going peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and congratulated President Adama Barrow on his inauguration. Full text...

  • Gambia: Amnesty International reacts to Jammeh's departure
    22 january 2017 11:49:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following the departure of Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, Steve Cockburn said it's time for the country to be a model for human rights. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh makes off to facilitate power transfer to President Barrow
    22 january 2017 08:28:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa's mediators on the political impasse that had gripped Gambia, including the United Nations, have commended the "goodwill and statesmanship" of former President Yahya Jammeh who has temporarily left the country to facilitate an immediate peaceful and orderly transfer of power to President Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh to seek refuge in Guinea
    21 january 2017 15:50:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, will Saturday leave for Conakry, Guinea, to seek refuge and make room for the country's new President, Adama Barrow, who took his oath of office on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, to return home. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh finally relinquishes power in Gambia, goes into exile
    21 january 2017 06:35:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - After relinquishing power, there are indications that former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, will leave the country to make room for the country's new President, Adama Barrow, who took his oath of office on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, to return home. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh exits Gambian presidency
    20 january 2017 20:04:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian leaders on Friday successfully persuaded Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh to leave the country immediately, a State House source told PANA. Full text...

  • US: New Yorkers protest against Donald Trump
    20 january 2017 16:04:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Thousands of New Yorkers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and a number of other celebrities protested against President-elect Donald Trump, as he was inaugurated as the 45th US President on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea, Mauritanian presidents in Banjul for talks with Jammeh
    20 january 2017 13:42:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian presidents have arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, in a last-minute effort to persuade former president Yahya Jammeh to leave the presidency peacefully. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU congratulates Gambia's new President Barrow
    20 january 2017 13:39:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated the new President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, on his assumption of the Presidency and called on all AU Member States as well as the larger international community to follow suit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya supports "bloodless" military moves on The Gambia
    20 january 2017 13:29:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has voiced support for the ongoing initiative by West African states to force defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power following the inauguration of the new President Adama Barrow on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US official commends Sudanese effort in mending US/Sudan relations
    20 january 2017 12:16:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Sudanese government to return the US/Sudan bilateral relations on course. Full text...

  • Senegal: Civil Society Forum urges gov'ts to condemn Gambia's Jammeh
    20 january 2017 11:22:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has called on all governments to condemn the actions of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and transmit such statement to the Gambian embassies in their countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zindzi Mandela to visit Uganda
    20 january 2017 09:42:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Department of International Affairs has confirmed that South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, will visit Uganda next week to lay a foundation stone where a youth Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) is going to be built in the Jinja district. Full text...

  • US: US declares support for ECOWAS' Gambia intervention
    20 january 2017 09:27:04
    Washington, DC US (PANA) - The US has declared its support for the the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), which has moved in to enforce the 1 December, 2016 election mandate in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: British foreign secretary, EU congratulate new Gambian president
    20 january 2017 08:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – British foreign secretary Boris Johnson says former president Yahya Jammeh must now stand aside to allow an orderly transition. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea's Alpha Conde expected in Banjul for 'final' Jammeh talks
    20 january 2017 07:49:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinea president Alpha Conde is expected in the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Friday morning in another last minute effort to persuade former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to leave office peacefully. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift Sudan sanctions
    19 january 2017 22:52:27
    New York, US (PANA) – A United Nations human rights expert on Thursday welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Gambia's Barrow
    19 january 2017 22:47:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Urging all Gambian parties to respect the outcome of the 1 December election recognising Adama Barrow as the country’s President-elect, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its support for the commitment of West African States to “ensure, by political means first, respect of the will of the people”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate opposes deloyment of Nigeria troops to Gambia without its approval
    19 january 2017 22:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate on Thursday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of troops to The Gambia without the approval of the National Assembly. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa joins calls for Jammeh to quit
    19 january 2017 22:06:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Thursday joined the chorus of calls for Gambian strongman Yahya Jammeh to step down following the inauguration of rival Adama Barrow in Dakar. Full text...

  • Gambia: Senegalese soldiers move into Gambia after Barrow swearing-in
    19 january 2017 22:04:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Senegal has sent soldiers into Gambia shortly after Adama Barrow was sworn in as the third president of the tiny West African country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians celebrate Adama Barrow's inauguration
    19 january 2017 18:50:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians have been taking to the streets to celebrate the inauguration of their new President Adama Barrow at the Gambia Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, PANA reports on Thursday. Full text...

  • BREAKNG NEWS: Adama Barrow sworn in as Gambia's president
    19 january 2017 18:27:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow was on Thursday sworn in as the West African country's third president. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights group tells Adama Barrow not to forget his 'big promises'
    19 january 2017 15:38:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, is asking Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow, who is due to be inaugurated in Senegal on Thursday afternoon, not to forget his "big promises". Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria 'strongly condemns' suicide attack in Mali
    19 january 2017 11:59:48
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Algeria has strongly condemned the suicide attack on Wednesday that targeted a group camp of former rebels and members of the pro-governmental armed groups, in the Mali's northern city of Gao, reaffirming its commitment to the peace and reconciliation deal in Mali. Full text...

  • Kenya: Will Kenyan FM Amina Mohamed's charm offensive deliver the AU post? (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    19 january 2017 11:37:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign affairs Minister and candidate for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), excites passion and criticism in equal measure for her rigorous approach to issues domestically, regionally and internationally. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana stops recognising Jammeh’s government
    19 january 2017 11:04:41
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana on Thursday condemned Gambian strongman Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to hand over power to the president-elect Adama Barrow and said it would no longer recognise him and his government. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow to be inaugurated in Dakar
    19 january 2017 10:29:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Adama Barrow, the president-elect of Gambia, says he will be inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Thursday, as the end of Gambia's strongman Yahaya Jammeh draws near. Full text...

  • Senegal: Jammeh’s lawyer flees Gambia, urges him to leave power
    19 january 2017 09:50:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Edward Anthony Gomez, the lawyer representing Gambia’s embattled former president Yahya Jammeh, has fled the country and urged him to leave power peacefully. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana sending 205 troops to ECOWAS force on Gambia
    19 january 2017 07:27:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana on Thursday confirmed that it is contributing troops to the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the 1 December, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh promises 'peaceful resolution' to Gambia's political crisis - Abdel Aziz
    19 january 2017 05:29:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, says Gambia's strongman Yahya Jammeh has assured him that he will find a "peaceful resolution" to the country's political crisis, as the deadline for him to leave office passed and West African leaders prepare to remove him by force. Full text...

  • Gambia: Mauritanian President arrives for 'final talks' with Jammeh
    18 january 2017 20:37:55
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - The President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, arrived in Banjul on Wednesday to hold "final talks" with President Yahya Jammeh to step down and hand over power to avert a military invasion of the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights groups say state of emergency no licence for repression
    18 january 2017 20:28:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two human rights groups have warned that outgoing President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia should provide no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the 19 January, 2017 deadline for the new government to take office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force deploys to Senegal for Gambian operations
    18 january 2017 19:58:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the 1 December, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan President appoints members of electoral body
    18 january 2017 19:51:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named a new Chairman of the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Commissioners of the electoral body. Full text...

  • Senegal: Three more Gambian Ministers resign from Jammeh's gov't
    18 january 2017 19:46:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Benjamin Roberts, who was recently named as Gambia's Finance Minister, has resigned along with two more ministers from Yahya Jammeh's government, PANA confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: MPs condemn 'unlawful interference' in Gambia’s internal affairs
    18 january 2017 15:47:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lawmakers in the tiny West African nation of the Gambia have adopted a resolution condemning alleged "unlawful and malicious interference" in the internal affairs of the country. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for African Affairs visits South Sudan, Ethiopia
    18 january 2017 15:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Wednesday began a one-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, to hold bilateral talks with senior South Sudanese government officials. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition leader says executive directive 'does not constitute law'
    18 january 2017 13:38:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian opposition leader and member of coalition that defeated President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December 2016 presidential election has said that an executive directive does not constitute law and cannot override the law. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian MPs extend term of Jammeh, National Assembly
    18 january 2017 12:56:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lawmakers in the Gambia on Tuesday endorsed a resolution that extends the term of office of President Yahya Jammeh and all members of the National Assembly for 90 days. Full text...

  • US: US again asks Gambian president Jammeh to hand over peacefully
    18 january 2017 06:54:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has again asked Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh to peacefully hand over to president-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday and prevent potential chaos. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh declares 90-day state of emergency in Gambia
    17 january 2017 19:03:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency asserting there is an "unwarranted hostile atmosphere threatening the sovereignty, peace, security and stability of the country." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission names new Special Representative in Liberia
    17 january 2017 17:59:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday appointed Ambassador Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of Sierra Leone as Special Representative and Head of the AU Liaison Office (AULO) in Liberia. Full text...

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