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  • UPDATE: Mnangagwa's supporters celebrate double victory, Chamisa prepares to challenge results of Zim polls
    03 august 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Supporters of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have on Friday been celebrating their double victory in last Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • International observers condemn Zimbabwe's post-election violence
    03 august 2018 11:45:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - International Election Observer Missions to Zimbabwe have condemned the bloody post-election violence that rocked the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and extended their sympathies to all those affected when police cracked down on the opposition demonstrators. Full text...

  • ECONEC, Nigeria mobilise support for Guinea Bissau’s November polls
    03 august 2018 10:06:47
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - At the request of the Guinea Bissau government and facilitation by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), the Nigerian government is to provide crucial logistics and voter registration support to facilitate the holding of Guinea Bissau’s November legislative elections. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa on poll win
    03 august 2018 08:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday saluted his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election victory. Full text...

  • HRW calls for 'immediate, impartial' investigation of Harare post-election protests
    03 august 2018 06:12:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government should immediately and impartially investigate the use of force by security forces to clamp down on post-election protests in Harare last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa wins presidential election
    03 august 2018 00:06:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Monday's controversial presidential election, beating the main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, according to official results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announces final parliamentary election results
    02 august 2018 11:25:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday declared the results of the final three constituencies in last Monday's parliamentary elections with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance winning 2 seats and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) winning the third one. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition party condemns Harare bloodshed
    02 august 2018 10:10:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the use of live ammunition on unarmed civilians in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Uneasy calm in Harare after bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators
    02 august 2018 10:03:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is uneasy calm on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Wednesday's bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators who claimed their victory in Monday's elections had been stolen. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau appeals for electoral support
    02 august 2018 09:16:29
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau’s Interior Minister Mutaro Djalo has appealed to development partners and friendly nations for support to enable the country conduct a success legislative election next November and mitigate the country’s political fragility. Full text...

  • ECONEC, UNDP discuss support for Guinea Bissau polls
    02 august 2018 08:14:24
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, met on Wednesday with officials of the UNDP Office in Bissau to discuss Guinea Bissau’s November parliamentary election and areas of support for the national electoral Commission, CNE. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau Supreme Court president receives ECONEC delegation
    02 august 2018 06:30:39
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The Predident of Guinea Bissau's Supreme Court Justice Paulo Sanha on Tuesday in Bissau received a visiting delegation of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President Prof Mahmood Yakubu. Full text...

  • UN calls for restraint in Zimbabwe; presidential election results expected to be announced
    02 august 2018 05:04:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations is calling for restraint in Zimbabwe where deadly clashes in Harare on Wednesday between demonstrators of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protesting Monday's election results claimed three lives. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: 3 killed in Zimbabwe election violence; President Mnangagwa blames opposition MDC Alliance
    01 august 2018 20:10:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Three people have died in Wednesday's violence in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protested against results of Monday's elections in the Southern African country, police said. Full text...

  • Buhari, Gambian leader hold talks in Abuja
    01 august 2018 18:39:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held talks with visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe as poll results show ruling party wins two-thirds of parliamentary seats
    01 august 2018 15:25:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Violence erupted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as parliamentary results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed that the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has won a landslide victory in Monday's vote. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Election observer missions approve Zimbabwe's elections
    01 august 2018 11:12:54
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Several observer missions to Zimbabwe’s elections on Wednesday approved the vote and made recommendations on how the country can improve the process in the future, the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • SA opposition condemns President Ramaphosa's land expropriation announcement
    01 august 2018 09:35:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been a major reaction to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the ruling African National Congress would propose an amendment to the Constitution to pave the way for the expropriation of land without compensation. Full text...

  • Ruling ZANU-PF in clear lead in parliamentary vote; presidential results yet to be released
    01 august 2018 06:09:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has taken a commanding lead in Monday's parliamentary election, winning more than 70 per cent of seats so far declared, the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • HAC commends Malian media for exhibiting professionalism during presidential polls
    31 july 2018 16:03:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The president of the Malian High Communication Authority (HAC), Fodié Toure, has praised the professionalism exhibited by the Malian media in covering the nation's 29 July presidential election. Full text...

  • President Barrow urges ECOWAS to send strong message against terrorism
    31 july 2018 14:22:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President, Adama Barrow, has called on regional leaders of ECOWAS and the East Africa Economic Community (ECCAS) to send a clear message of warning to all extremist groups that the blocs are united and resolute in fighting and defeating terrorists and criminals. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Senegalese electoral commission
    31 july 2018 14:14:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), headed by governing board president, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, met in Dakar on Tuesday with officials of Senegal's Independent Electoral Commission (CENA) led by its President, Doudou Ndir. Full text...

  • UPDATE: 'Disregard unofficial results', urges Zimbabwe electoral commissioner
    31 july 2018 10:29:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Priscilla Chigumba, has urged Zimbabweans to disregard results not announced by the commission, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, (ZBC) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa claims victory
    31 july 2018 06:28:29
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is claiming victory in Monday's historic presidential elections saying his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is ready to form the next government. Full text...

  • Counting of votes continues in Zimbabwe elections
    31 july 2018 05:35:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Counting of votes in Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections is continuing on Tuesday as the Electoral Commission put the provisional voter turnout at 75 per cent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's historic elections conclude peacefully
    30 july 2018 17:30:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections concluded officially at 7 pm (1700 GMT) on Monday with reports indicating that there was a high turnout throughout the Southern African nation. Full text...

  • UPDATE: High turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic elections
    30 july 2018 12:57:40
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is a high turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Monday. Full text...

  • Collation of ballot papers in progress after Mali vote
    30 july 2018 07:15:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Collation of ballots is in progress on Monday at designated centres after Mali's presidential election on Sunday that was marked by low voter-turnout. Full text...

  • Guterres urges Comoros gov't, opposition to ‘respect the rule of law and human rights’
    30 july 2018 06:08:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The recent infringement of democratic rights and civil liberties in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, as they vote on constitutional reform, is a source of concern said United Nations chief António Guterres on Sunday. Full text...

  • Polls open in Zimbabwe's historic elections
    30 july 2018 05:50:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Polls have opened in Zimbabwe where voters are casting their ballots in their historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit, other meetings in Lome, Togo
    29 july 2018 12:19:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, departed Abuja on Sunday for Lome, Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings. Full text...

  • As Malians head to the polls, Guterres calls for peaceful vote
    29 july 2018 11:37:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As Mali’s crucial presidential election begin on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has said despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”. Full text...

  • Any dispute over key Mali vote must be resolved peacefully, says UN envoy
    28 july 2018 07:36:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - With key presidential elections in Mali just one day away, the top United Nations official there has stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”. Full text...

  • Barrow spells out moves towards digital revolution in Gambia
    27 july 2018 09:29:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has spelt out the communications and digital policy of his government geared towards digital revolution and connecting the Gambia to the world’s digital economy. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming DR Congo elections
    27 july 2018 06:04:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, says the most senior United Nations official based in the country. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame attends BRICS summit in Johannesburg
    26 july 2018 16:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has arrived in South Africa to join other World leaders attending the BRICS summit, which is running from Wednesday to Friday in Johannesburg, the Office of the President confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senior US Africa Command official ends Gambia visit
    26 july 2018 15:27:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The highest ranking civilian at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, on Thursday ended his visit to The Gambia during which he held discussions with senior government officials on issues related to security sector reform and civil-military relations in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Putin salutes Mandela at BRICS summit
    26 july 2018 14:40:04
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday saluted former world statesman Nelson Mandela, saying he has played a formidable role in the success of BRICS. Full text...

  • 537 candidates vying for parliament seats in Rwanda
    26 july 2018 12:41:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A total of 537 candidates have submitted their names to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held on 2-3 September 2018. Full text...

  • US to re-establish Military Relations with Gambia
    25 july 2018 16:07:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, United States Africa Command (AfriComm), on Wednesday announced that the US is committed to supporting Gambia’s Security Sector Reform program. Full text...

  • Controversial DR Congo politician Bemba to return home next week
    25 july 2018 11:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Controversial DR Congo politician Jean-Pierre Bemba has announced that he will return home on 1 August. Full text...

  • Beyond the motions of an electoral success in Mali (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    25 july 2018 11:18:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian voters go to the polls on 29 July to either elect a new president or renew the five-year mandate of the incumbent leader from a field of 24 candidates, with just one female contender. Full text...

  • UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation
    25 july 2018 06:38:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Full text...

  • Rwanda, India pledge closer ties on trade, defense, cultural exchange
    24 july 2018 14:46:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - India and Rwanda have pledged to strengthening cooperation on defense, trade and cultural exchange programme, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission arrives for Zimbabwe vote
    24 july 2018 09:43:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission for Zimbabwe's 30 July elections, former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in the country to carry out his assignment, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Chinese, Rwandan Presidents talk on shared "tragic experience" to boost ties
    23 july 2018 14:25:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday hosted a lunch for the visiting President of China and his wife, as the two countries committed to carry forward their relationship to a new level. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister turns away late comers to the office
    23 july 2018 14:16:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo, on Monday sent away civil servants who came late for work at the Lusaka provincial administration office in the capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Chinese President lauds Kagame 'contributions to AU reforms'
    23 july 2018 12:41:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in Kigali that he appreciates Rwandan President Paul Kagame for his efforts in spearheading reforms at the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Former South Africa president De Klerk issues warning over land grabs
    23 july 2018 12:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The FW de Klerk Foundation fears that amending the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation “would have extremely negative political implications for the country, including causing political instability and even anarchy”. Full text...

  • Chinese President Xi arrives in Rwanda for two-day state visit
    23 july 2018 09:41:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday evening arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit during which he would meet his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and senior government officials. Full text...

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