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  • Libyan MPs back electoral commission on referendum
    10 december 2018 15:28:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Members of the Libyan House of Representatives on Monday expressed support for the high national electoral commission (HCEN), saying they will support the Commission's agenda, including the holding of the constitutional referendum in mid-February next year. Full text...

  • Militants disrupt opposition party campaigns, candidates decry state repression
    10 december 2018 13:41:09
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Presidential election candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been met with violence on the campaign trail, with several officials calling for an international investigation. Full text...

  • Nigerien president determined to hand over power in 2021
    08 december 2018 19:09:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, has assured his compatriots that he will hand over power in 2021, when his term expires. Full text...

  • Human Rights organisations, partners want EU to maintain sanctions against 16 Congolese officials
    08 december 2018 14:57:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Congolese partner organisations have called on the European Union (EU) to maintain the individual sanctions against 16 high-ranking Congolese officials, believing that weeks before the 23 December polls, the brutal repression of dissenting voices is still continuing. Full text...

  • IOC sues for dialogue, ahead of run off vote in Malagasy presidential polls
    08 december 2018 12:46:50
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is suing for dialogue among stakeholders in Malagasy as the country braces up for a second-round of voting in the Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • Senegal and Estonia sign cooperation agreements
    07 december 2018 20:49:35
    Dakar, Senegal (NAPA) - Senegal and Estonia signed several cooperation agreements on Friday in Dakar, notably in the fields of education, the environment and the fight against cybercrime. Full text...

  • Barrow gets 'Excellence Statesmanship' award
    07 december 2018 09:05:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree for distinguishing himself as an excellent statesman who has demonstrated "a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law, social justice and respect for human rights" among others’’. Full text...

  • UN envoy says 'peaceful solution’ to Western Sahara conflict possible
    07 december 2018 04:11:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The first UN-led talks in six years over the disputed Western Sahara-region concluded on a positive note on Thursday in Geneva, where the Organization’s representative Horst Köhler said that further discussions are planned “in the first quarter of 2019”, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister and Marshal Khalifa meet in Rome
    06 december 2018 17:35:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday met Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, according to a statement from the Italian government issued in Rome. Full text...

  • Toubou and Amazigh minorities reject Libya's draft constitution
    06 december 2018 12:35:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA ) - Representatives of the Toubou and Amazigh minority tribes in Libya have announced their rejection of the draft Libyan constitution pending the referendum, describing it as "non-representative of the Libyan people". Full text...

  • Kenyatta meets US Assistant State Secretary on deepening security ties
    06 december 2018 11:53:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Peter Nagy, in Nairobi on Thursday to discuss how to deepen the Kenya-US partnerships in peace, security and trade, the President's office said. Full text...

  • Mauritian Govt. proposes electoral reforms
    06 december 2018 09:03:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government has introduced a Constitution (Electoral Reform) (Amendment) Bill at the National Assembly to reform certain aspects of the electoral system. Full text...

  • First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva
    05 december 2018 22:23:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Talks have begun at the UN on the future of Western Sahara – the first in years – the Organization announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj denounces foreign interference into Libyan affairs
    05 december 2018 13:37:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday denounced what he called "the negative interventions of certain countries in the internal affairs of Libya". Full text...

  • Congolese opposition leader promises reconciliation in Goma campaign trail
    05 december 2018 07:37:27
    Goma, DRC (PANA) - Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has pledged to increase state presence in Goma, North Kivu province, a region affected by civil war since the era of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages more Nigerian stakeholders ahead of 2019 elections
    04 december 2018 15:26:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has taken its phased training workshop on Dialogue and Mediation to political stakeholders in Nigeria’s south-west geo-political zone as part of the regional organization’s engagements towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country in 2019. Full text...

  • Malian Prime Minister announces security measures for Gao city
    03 december 2018 18:03:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga has announced measures to beef up public security in the northern city of Gao where about 30 people killed in brutal attacks since the beginning of this year. Full text...

  • Gambians propose two five-year terms for President
    03 december 2018 10:05:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Many Gambians are in favour of two five-year terms for the president to be included in the tiny West African country’s new constitution in the making. Full text...

  • Political realignments heightened in Congolese opposition camps
    02 december 2018 10:58:14
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshesikedi received a new boost on Saturday with the backing of the independent Presidential candidate, Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba, a former top loyalist of current President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • Libya welcomes Algeria's initiative for a meeting of UMA foreign ministers
    01 december 2018 15:06:21
    Tripoli, Libya (NAPA) - Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Accord on Saturday welcomed a statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) on Algeria's proposal to take the necessary steps to organise as soon as possible a meeting of AMU Foreign Ministers, as a sign of the desire to activate this sub-regional organisation, which has been inactive for more than 27 years. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja to attend climate change conference in Poland
    01 december 2018 11:57:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja for Katowice, Poland on Saturday to attend the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2-4 December. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to amend its electoral system
    01 december 2018 08:03:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government has decided to amend the Constitution of the island in a bid to reform certain aspects of the electoral system, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • EAC heads of state postpone ordinary session
    30 november 2018 19:33:56
    Arusha, Tanzan8a (PANA) - The 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the East African Community Heads of State that was slated for Friday at Arusha in northern Tanzanian has been postponed to a later date. Full text...

  • African countries becoming more open to each other, says 2018 Africa Visa Openness Report
    30 november 2018 14:21:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The year 2018 is a landmark chapter in Africa’s regional integration efforts as the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Single African Air Transport Market are major milestones in the creation of a regulatory environment that promotes air connectivity and makes it faster, easier and less expensive for Africans to travel within Africa. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa attends his first G20 Summit as S/African leader
    30 november 2018 13:09:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Friday arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ahead of this weekend’s G20 summit. It marks his first attendance of the gathering of the world’s richest leaders as South Africa’s leader. Full text...

  • Belgium gives Mali 2 million Euros to deploy troops to north, centre of the country
    30 november 2018 10:25:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium is to give two million Euros to the UN fiduciary fund for peace and security in Mali to finance the deployment of Malian soldiers to the north and centre of the country. Full text...

  • UN chief commends Madagascar on first round of peaceful elections
    29 november 2018 19:43:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar’s next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful nature of the vote, which now moves to a second round run-off next month. Full text...

  • Libya's neighbours gather in Khartoum to chart way forward on mediation initiative
    29 november 2018 17:22:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's neighbours - Algeria, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Tunisia - are meeting on Thursday in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, as an African Union (AU) initiative on national reconciliation in the North African country. Full text...

  • UN calls on Senegalese politicians to work for peaceful elections
    28 november 2018 19:43:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, on Wednesday urged Senegalese politicians to respect the democratic game and work for a peaceful presidential election next February. Full text...

  • No EU election observation mission in DR Congo
    28 november 2018 17:46:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will not deploy an electoral observation mission to Democratic Republic of Congo for the presidential election scheduled on December 23, following the Congolese authorities' refusal to allow EU observers to go there, according to a press statement from the European Commission on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania police disperse widows' march seeking truth about injustice
    28 november 2018 16:54:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian police on Wednesday stopped a march by a collective of widows, orphans and other beneficiaries of the rights of black soldiers who were victims of extrajudicial executions between September 1990 and February 1991. Full text...

  • Pax Africana welcomes reforms in the African Union
    28 november 2018 16:27:55
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Pax Africana, the African initiative seeking to consolidate peace in the continent, on Wednesday welcomed the recent institutional reforms undertaken by the African Union Commission (AU) particularly with regard to restructuring of the AU Commission and empowering the Union executive. Full text...

  • Tunisian president, Saudi Crown Prince hold cooperation talks
    28 november 2018 14:53:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President, Béji Caïd Essebsi on Tuesday night held talks with Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed Ben Salman, who is in Tunisia for an official visit, the first leg of his trip to some Arab countries. Full text...

  • Morocco renews appeal to Algeria to dialogue with it
    28 november 2018 14:01:58
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco on Tuesday renewed its appeal to Algeria, urging it to formally respond to the initiative of the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, on the establishment of a direct dialogue between the two countries, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement from Rabat. Full text...

  • Mauritania president calls for preservation of the country's independence
    28 november 2018 11:18:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed ould Abdel Aziz has urged his countrymen to preserve the country's independence by strengthening security and maintaining stability. Full text...

  • Path to reconciliation in Libya is still long, says Italian Foreign Minister
    28 november 2018 10:36:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi says the path to reconciliation in Libya is still long. Full text...

  • Gabonese president Ali Bongo to continue recovery in Morocco
    28 november 2018 09:36:24
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is expected to leave King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh on Wednesday, will travel to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to continue with his recovery, the Gabonese government said on Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Collective pleads for end of ‘’marginalisation’’ of ex-slaves in Mauritania
    27 november 2018 19:16:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The manifesto for the political, economic and social rights for (MDPESH- a Mauritanian community) has seized the opportunity of the celebration on Wednesday of the 58th anniversary of the country’s independence to denounce ‘’the marginalisation’’ of that component, through a document made public on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium willing to return DR Congo art objects of its heritage
    27 november 2018 17:14:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium is willing to return to DR Congo ancient art objects exhibited at the Royal Museum of Tervuren, provided the request to that effect comes from the Congolese authorities, according to Guido Gryseels, director of the museum where thousands of Congolese cultural property seized during the colonial era by the Belgian administration, are kept. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Tunisians protest against Saudi Crown Prince's visit
    27 november 2018 16:37:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A few hours before the arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane for a brief visit to Tunisia, more than 200 representatives of civil society organizations demonstrated on Tuesday on Avenue Bourguiba, thoroughfare of the Tunisian capital, to express their opposition to the visit. Full text...

  • Buhari nominates three new ambassadors, appoints High Commissioner to South Africa
    27 november 2018 16:15:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday nominated three ambassadors-designate for confirmation by the Nigerian Senate. Full text...

  • Nigerian State gov. lauds ECOWAS dialogue, mediation initiatives ahead of 2019 polls
    27 november 2018 15:12:47
    Kaduna, Nigeria (PANA) - The governor of Nigeria’s Northern State of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, has commended the ECOWAS Commission for its efforts towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country in 2019. Full text...

  • EAC Summit seeks to fasttrack political federation, remove trade barriers
    27 november 2018 14:13:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State is set for Friday, 30 November, 2018, at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Niger parties unite to press for transparent polls
    26 november 2018 17:42:32
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Two opposition political parties in Niger have formed a coalition in Niamey demanding inclusive and transparent elections, the Nigerien Press Agency (NPA) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgian economic mission visits Morocco
    26 november 2018 15:56:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A major Belgian economic mission, led by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, arrived on Sunday in Morocco, accompanied by a delegation of more than 450 industrialists representing 30 Belgian companies, an official statement indicated here. Full text...

  • Salama welcomes improvement of security in Tripoli
    25 november 2018 13:28:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salama, said on Saturday that the security situation in Tripoli has improved since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in the city of Zaouia, in the west, on 4 September. Full text...

  • Gambia’s constitutional body resumes consultation in rural areas
    24 november 2018 20:15:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) on Saturday resumed its nationwide consultations by holding two meetings within the Central River Region (CRR). Full text...

  • Mauritania keeps a close eye on situation of its nationals in Angola
    24 november 2018 15:47:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government is closely monitoring the situation of Mauritanian citizens living in Angola, said a statement issued on Saturday after a telephone interview between the Mauritanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ishmael ould Sheikh Ahmed, and his Angolan counterpart, Miguel Domingo Augusto. Full text...

  • Lavrov welcomes outcome of Palermo Conference on Libya
    24 november 2018 13:53:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Deadlines set by the Palermo Conference on Libya last month in Italy would have been counterproductive, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose remarks were reported Saturday by Libyan newspapers. Full text...

  • DR Congo opposition leaders enter power-sharing agreement
    24 november 2018 10:36:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The main opposition party candidates in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a pre-election power-sharing agreement, which is expected to help create a formidable front against the ruling party candidate, analysts said on Saturday. Full text...

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