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  • Gambia: Opposition leader wants age limit removed for presidential aspirants
    07 february 2015 08:01:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Opposition Gambia Moral Congress party (GMC) has called on the Gambian government to remove the “age limit” tag for candidates’ aspiring to the presidency, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa gears up for "dramatic" State of the Nation address (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    07 february 2015 06:39:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is gearing up for what is likely to be the most riveting State of the Nation address since FW De Klerk stunned the world 25 years ago by announcing the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC) and the imminent release of Nelson Mandela who had spent 25 years in jail. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US senator McCain in Tunis
    06 february 2015 22:34:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – US senator John McCain on Friday praised the new government which is assuming office after free and fair elections and expressed confidence in the successful Tunisian experience, which will be a model for countries of the Middle East in the materialization of freedom and democracy. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former Mauritian PM Navin Ramgoolam arrested
    06 february 2015 18:18:29
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Former Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam was arrested by the Police late Friday at his residence in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, his lawyer Yousuf Mohamed said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission Chief of Staff steps down
    06 february 2015 17:03:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday accepted the resignation of Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Natama from the position of Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Chairperson. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Army gaining grounds against armed groups'
    06 february 2015 14:30:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Interior minister, Omar al-Soukni, has said that all Libyan forces, under the command of the Libyan army Chief, Abdelrazak al-Nadhouri, had gained grounds against armed groups across the country, liberating Benghazi in the process. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian president goes on vacation
    06 february 2015 12:38:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has gone on a 15-day vacation, taking time off to rest in the region of Inchiri, 250 km North of Nouakchott, presidential sources here said Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU assists people affected by floods in southern Africa with 3m euros
    06 february 2015 12:26:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has released 3 million euros for the southern African countries affected by recent floods (Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar), the European Commission said in a press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: New government wins Parliamentary vote of confidence
    05 february 2015 21:56:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian government on Thursday won a vote of confidence in Parliament by a large majority. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: People demonstrate against ex-Compaoré security regiment
    05 february 2015 18:39:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Crowds of demonstrators, mainly students, Thursday gathered at the National Square of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to show their disgust for the behaviour of ousted president Blaise Compaoré's elite security regiment. Full text...

  • Congo: 'US aid to CAR estimated at US$300 million'
    05 february 2015 14:24:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Robin D. Meyer, the director of affairs for Central Africa at the US State department, has said that US aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) is estimated at some US$ 300 million. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN envoy calls for united effort in dealing with negative forces in eastern DRC
    05 february 2015 14:08:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on Wednesday concluded a visit to Rwanda where he discussed ongoing peace and security developments in the region with high-ranking government officials. Full text...

  • UN: UN Somalia envoy 'excited, worried' about political progress in 2015
    04 february 2015 22:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the partnership between the African Union (AU) and the UN in Somalia, which he called "unique, strong and essential for success" in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Change is possible in a democratic setting' - US Ambassador
    04 february 2015 22:49:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Enstwistle, on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Nigeria to commit themselves to peaceful election, saying it is possible for change to be achieved under a peaceful democratic process. Full text...

  • Angola: Opposition demands voting rights for all citizens abroad
    04 february 2015 22:21:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angola’s second largest opposition party, CASA-CE, has called for all Angolans living abroad to be able to exercise their right for vote, from the next general elections in 2017. Full text...

  • Libya: NGC, Parliament to send four reps each to next round of inter-Libyan talks
    04 february 2015 18:22:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's National General Congress (NGC) has agreed with the UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, on the date and venue for the next round of inter-Libyan talks, according to the Congress spokesperson, Omar Hmeidan. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Former guards of Compaoré interrupt Burkina cabinet session
    04 february 2015 17:43:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The presidential security regiment (RSP) of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaoré on Thursday stormed into the weekly Council of Ministers meeting at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, according to informed sources. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Resignation of Constitutional Council Chief raises concerns on electoral process
    04 february 2015 12:29:57
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The main opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has said that the resignation, Tuesday, of Prof. Francis Wodié, as President of the Constitutional Council, has raised concerns on the electoral process, with less than 10 month to the next presidential election in October 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CPJ tasks Nigerian authorities over denial of visas to journos seeking to cover elections
    04 february 2015 09:50:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With over 40 journalists yet to secure their visas to Nigeria for the 14 and 28 Feb. general elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the country's authorities to ensure that international journalists are allowed access to cover the elections. Full text...

  • UN: 'Power-sharing formula vital to peace in South Sudan'
    04 february 2015 08:12:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar to put the interests of their people ahead of their own in order for peace to flourish in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: President Ouattara appoints new president of Constitutional council
    03 february 2015 21:22:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday appointed justice Mamadou Koné as president of the constitutional council, replacing public law professor, Francis Romain Vangah Wodié. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian government, armed groups to hold extraordinary meeting in Algiers
    03 february 2015 16:42:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and armed groups are expected in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on 5-6 February for an extraordinary meeting of the Committee for the monitoring and evaluation of the Algiers agreements. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina Faso's transition govt. members declare assets'
    03 february 2015 14:27:04
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe Minister of Communications, Frédéric Nikiéma, declared here Monday that all members of the transition government declared their assets on 2 February, 2015, saying "these will be gazetted for public consumption." Full text...

  • Kenya: Dutch Embassy to move Nairobi visa processing office to Pretoria
    03 february 2015 13:58:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Embassy of the Netherlands will from March move its visa processing section in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to Pretoria, South Africa, the Embassy said in a statement. Full text...

  • US: US Commission on Religious Freedom tasks Nigerians on upcoming elections
    02 february 2015 22:46:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday called on Nigeria’s political parties to hold responsible their members who issue statements inciting violence along religious lines, and Nigeria’s police and judiciary to impartially hold accountable all perpetrators of electoral violence. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 7 new judges of ECOWAS Community Court to be installed 4 Feb.
    02 february 2015 18:05:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The seven new judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will be installed during the opening ceremony of the Court’s 2014/2015 legal year on Wednesday by the Chairman of the Judicial Council of the Community, Justice Mamadou Kone, who is also President of the Supreme Court of Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to prosecute individuals, groups engaging in violence during Nigerian polls
    02 february 2015 16:12:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN expert on fact-finding mission to CAR
    02 february 2015 13:56:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN independent expert for human rights, Ivorian Marie-Therese Kéita Bocoum, will embark on a fact-finding mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) from 4 to 14 February, PANA reported here Monday, quoting a communiqué by the UN high commission for human rights. Full text...

  • Tanzania: German President Gauck on state visit to Tanzania
    02 february 2015 12:32:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - German President Joachim Gauck, is due in Dar es Salaam late Monday for a four-day state visit starting Tuesday, the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir, Zuma review bilateral relations, regional, int'l issues
    01 february 2015 18:20:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, have reviewed the conflict in South Sudan and appealed to all parties to abide by responsibility for finding an end to the conflict. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy predicts fall of Libya if .....
    01 february 2015 16:47:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN special envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has renewed his appeal to all the Libyan "warring" parties to quickly reach a peaceful solution to their crisis and save the country from terrorism threats, predicting the "fall" of the State should the conflict continue. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian president Essebsi visits Algeria Tuesday
    01 february 2015 13:40:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, is expected on Tuesday in Algiers for an official visit, his first visit abroad after being elected Tunisian president, official sources said on Sunday in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended till 8 Feb
    01 february 2015 13:27:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 14 Feb. presidential election in Nigeria, the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from 31 Jan. to 8 Feb. 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Great Britain urges citizens to leave Libya immediately
    01 february 2015 12:32:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The British Foreign Office has warned UK citizens against travelling to Libya, citing fighting and general insecurity and instability in the country, days after the bloody terror attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Chief says respects African leaders' decision on Mugabe Chairmanship
    31 january 2015 10:43:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said here Saturday that he respects the decision of African leaders, who Friday appointed Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe chair of the 54-member Pan African organization for a one-year term. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Namibian President Pohamba bids farewell to AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 20:26:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - It is incomprehensible that the Kingdom of Morocco continues to occupy Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, told African Union (AU) leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mugabe assumes chair of AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 19:33:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has challenged the African Union (AU) member countries to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the scourge of terrorism in the coming year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African countries ‘backbone’ of UN, Ban tells AU Summit
    30 january 2015 18:38:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “African countries have been the backbone and leading Member States of the United Nations since the day they achieved independence,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Africa leaders gathered Friday at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Senegal: African leaders hail performance of NEPAD Agency
    30 january 2015 16:37:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have hailed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency for the important role it plays in transforming the continent, the African Union (AU) said in a statement received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Revision of electoral register launched
    30 january 2015 13:31:30
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's Independent Electoral Commission has kick-started the process of revising the electoral register ahead of this year's presidential election through the publication on Friday of a tender to select the technical operator for the exercise. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Portuguese and Sao Tome and Principe parliaments to strengthen cooperation
    30 january 2015 10:17:48
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome et Principe (PANA) - The Portuguese national assembly has promised political and technical support to the national assembly of Sao Tome and Principe in the framework of a cooperation agreement that will be signed between the two parties, PANA learned on Thursday from official sources in Sao Tome. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition says no elections without reform
    30 january 2015 07:39:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition party, the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), says it will not take part in any election in the country unless there are electoral reforms. Full text...

  • Libya: NGC suspends freezing of participation in inter-Libyan talks
    29 january 2015 21:30:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan National General Congress (NGC) has announced the end of the suspension of its participation in the inter-Libyan talks, after organizers decided to transfer the talks from Geneva to Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: IMF chief on three-day visit to Senegal
    29 january 2015 19:47:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde arrived in Dakar on Thursday for a three-day working visit to Senegal. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian President attends African Union Summit in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2015 17:12:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi will attend the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held 30-31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Office of the Presidency announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Officials of Libyan local councils meet in Gevena to back national dialogue
    29 january 2015 16:50:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Representatives of Libyan municipal and local councils who met Wednesday in Geneva have been informed about the dialogue process by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Bernardino Leon, and a number of Libyan stakeholders taking part in the dialogue. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Libyan political dialogue participants in Geneva agree to move talks to Libya
    29 january 2015 16:23:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in Geneva this week have agreed “on the principle” of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available. Full text...

  • Angola: Uruguay opens embassy in Luanda
    29 january 2015 15:39:42
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Uruguay will open its embassy in the Angolan capital, Luanda, in February, in a bid to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to a representative of the South American country in Angola, Alvaro Gonzalez Otero. Full text...

  • Angola: VP Vicente to represent Angola at AU Summit
    29 january 2015 13:31:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola will be represented at the 24th Summit of African Heads of States and Government, scheduled to run from 30 to 31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by its vice-president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, who is expected in the Ethiopian Capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: President Nguesso to attend AU summit
    29 january 2015 13:23:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, due in Addis Ababa shortly, will participate in the 24th summit of African Union (AU) heads of State and government, opening there Friday, the Congolese public radio reported here. Full text...

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