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  • Senegal: Gambian opposition says no court injunction can stop Barrow's inauguration
    13 january 2017 15:58:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Lawyer Mai Fatty, a leading member of Gambia's opposition coalition, has said that no court injunction can prevent President-elect Adama Barrow's inauguration on 19 January. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia's int'l partners concerned over dispute in Galmudug region
    13 january 2017 15:12:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - International partners supporting Somalia's transition to democratic governance have expressed concern about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled. Full text...

  • Gambia: Heavy security in Banjul ahead of ECOWAS leaders' arrival
    13 january 2017 08:05:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - There is heavy security in the Gambian capital, Banjul, ahead of the arrival on Friday of a delegation of West African leaders in another effort to convince president Yahya Jammeh to step down peacefully after losing the 1 December 2016 election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh files injunction to stop Barrow's inauguration
    13 january 2017 07:47:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has filed an injunction at the Court to stop the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow on 19 January, judicial sources have told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria backs efforts to end Gambian impasse
    13 january 2017 07:28:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has thrown its weight behind mediation efforts by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost the 1 December elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: US Embassy backs Supreme Court on Jammeh petition hearing
    12 january 2017 19:57:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The US Embassy in Banjul has expressed delight over The Gambia Supreme Court's decision not to hear the election petition filed by President Yahaya Jammeh without a quorum. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says Jammeh’s call for dialogue has come 'at the right time'
    12 january 2017 19:27:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has said outgoing President Yahya Jammeh's call for dialogue to resolve the political crisis has come "at the right time”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian MPs offer asylum to Gambian leader Jammeh
    12 january 2017 18:54:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Government to offer asylum to President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, who is refusing to hand over power despite losing a presidential election last month. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan president Bashir undergoes successful heart procedure
    12 january 2017 18:40:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir has undergone a successful heart procedure at a hospital in Khartoum, the presidency announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Full list of ministerial nominees announced by Ghana's president
    12 january 2017 18:20:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following is the full list of 36 people nominated by Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for ministerial positions following the release of the third batch of 11 names on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Martin Kobler meets Libyan MPs on political deal
    12 january 2017 13:16:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – UN envoy Martin Kobler, who is also chief of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Wednesday held talks with several members of the House of Representatives (Parliament) in Tripoli on the challenges related to the Libyan political deal. Full text...

  • Congo: France to support Congo during 2017 elections
    12 january 2017 13:01:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador to Congo, Bertrand Cochery, has said that his country will help the Congolese authorities during this year's parliamentary, senatorial and local elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan
    12 january 2017 09:27:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government says it will no longer recognise Taiwan as a country and rather pledged support for the "One China" policy. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for endorsement of DRC political accord
    11 january 2017 19:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on Wednesday urged the international community to push for a swift endorsement of the political accord in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to put in place a transitional government of national unity. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s new information minister says no inauguration of president-elect
    11 january 2017 19:33:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new Minister for Information, Communication Infrastructure and National Assembly matters, Seedy K. Njie has said there will be no inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow on 19 January and also dismissed rumours that President Yahya Jammeh is going to step down. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC extends EUCAP Sahel Mali mission for two years
    11 january 2017 18:18:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the European Union security mission EUCAP Sahel Mali for two years until 14 January 2019. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s new government poised for inauguration
    11 january 2017 17:08:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The office of Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has said the election petition by the defeated incumbent, President Yahya Jammeh, does not deprive the winner the right to prepare for his inauguration as President of the Republic on 19 January. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president names 12 more ministers
    11 january 2017 16:19:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday presented a second set of 12 ministers to Parliament for vetting bringing the total number so far to 25. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse
    11 january 2017 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Akufo-Addo names 13 ministers
    10 january 2017 17:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana's new President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday released the names of his first batch of 13 ministers, appointing former Finance minister Yaw Osafo-Marfo as his senior minister. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres outlines new vision for addressing global challenges
    10 january 2017 17:18:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has outlined a vision for addressing the enormous challenges facing the international community, including maintaining peace and security, promoting economic development, and combating climate change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, India agree to step up cooperation
    10 january 2017 16:19:00
    Kigali, Rwanda(PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged to maximise the economic potential of both countries to reflect the ongoing transformation of their economies and the global economic order, said an official statement issued Tuesday in Kigali by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Activists of new government invade state institutions, demand jobs
    10 january 2017 10:23:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Activists of the new Ghana government that was inaugurated only last Saturday have invaded several state institutions seizing state property and demanding jobs. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Ghana President Mahama will not contest 2020 election - Family
    10 january 2017 09:40:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former president John Dramani Mahama will not contest for the presidency again in Ghana, his younger brother Ibrahim Mahama has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders to visit Gambia on Wednesday to persuade Jammeh to quit
    09 january 2017 22:01:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rose from a three-hour meeting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Monday resolving to send a powerful delegation to Gambia in two days' time in another diplomatic effort to persuade recalcitrant president Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC secretary-general accuses party branches of "spoiling the water"
    09 january 2017 18:30:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe on Monday took aim at the women’s arm of the South African ruling party for throwing its weight behind outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its next leader. Full text...

  • Nigeria: West African leaders meet in Abuja Monday over Gambian crisis
    09 january 2017 06:23:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, and other West African leaders will continue their discussions here on Monday on the political impasse in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: UK says there’s risk of possible unrest, U.S. warns Citizens
    08 january 2017 17:35:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Kingdom High Commission in Banjul, the Gambia, says there’s a risk of possible unrest as the scheduled handover date of 18/19 January 2017 approaches, while the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travels to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana presidency apologises for 'plagiarised' George W. Bush inaugural speech
    08 january 2017 17:02:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Barely 24 hours after Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated, the presidency has been compelled to issue a public apology after parts of his speech have been found to be strikingly similar to inaugural speeches of two US presidents - George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma calls for unity in ruling ANC
    08 january 2017 14:19:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Sunday urged members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to stop fighting one another and instead focus on securing jobs and fighting crime and corruption. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU urges member states to pick reps to ECOSOCC Assembly
    08 january 2017 11:53:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a bid to allow greater representation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Permanent General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, the civil society community in all member countries have been asked to pick qualified candidates as soon as possible. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC women endorse Dlamini-Zuma as party's next leader
    08 january 2017 07:19:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Outgoing African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been endorsed by as the next leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by the ruling party’s women’s division. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum expects US to lift sanctions on Sudan
    07 january 2017 16:34:33
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA ) – Sudan is ready to cooperate further with the the United States in combating international terrorism and human trafficking, in observance of its higher interests, a senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's new president takes office
    07 january 2017 13:42:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's new president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday took office with a pledge to do all in his power to justify the expectation of his countrymen and accomplish his mandate. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's ruling ANC gears for 105th birthday celebrations
    07 january 2017 07:05:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is gearing for Sunday’s Soweto rally to commemorate its 105th birthday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's new parliament inaugurated
    07 january 2017 04:55:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's new parliament was inaugurated early on Saturday morning ahead of the swearing-in of president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to attend inauguration of Ghanaian new President
    06 january 2017 18:46:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday attend the inauguration ceremony of Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chinese Foreign Minister undertakes five-nation Africa tour
    06 january 2017 08:29:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to five African countries from 7-12 January at the invitation of his counterparts in those countries, PANA confirmed in Dar es Salaam on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s ruling party petitions electoral commission
    05 january 2017 13:51:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party on Thursday filed an election petition requesting the Supreme Court here to nullify the presidential election results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on 2 December 2016. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president Mahama bows out, extols high points of his term
    05 january 2017 12:06:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Thursday delivered his last State of the Nation address to Parliament, extolling the high points of his term of office and urging Ghanaians to support president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo who takes office on 7 January. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN envoy discusses normalisation of Khartoum-Juba ties
    05 january 2017 09:56:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's joint special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Haison has separately conferred with President Omar al-Bashir and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour in Khartoum on prospects of normalisation of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council hails DRC accord, urges efforts to resolve remaining issues
    05 january 2017 07:23:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday welcomed a comprehensive political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and called on all stakeholders to continue to exercise flexibility and compromise in their discussions to swiftly resolve all pending issues, particularly those related to the holding of elections in the country within 2017. Full text...

  • US: US expresses 'deep concern' at renewed fighting in central Libya
    05 january 2017 07:11:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is deeply concerned at renewed fighting between Libyans in the central region of the country, which, it notes, will only benefit Daesh and other violent extremists there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to ensure peaceful resolution of Gambian crisis
    04 january 2017 19:24:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will do everything possible to help Gambia have a peaceful resolution to its political crisis, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Wednesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Gambia: President-elect condemns crackdown against opposition, media
    04 january 2017 19:02:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has condemned the crackdown against opposition voices and closure of independent radio stations, calling on the outgoing government of President Yahya Jammeh to release arrested people and allow two radio stations shut down by the authorities to broadcast. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's construction consultants urge Jammeh to hand over power
    04 january 2017 16:33:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia Association of Construction Consultants on Wednesday urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • UN: Amid threat of renewed conflict in Libya, UN envoy urges restraint
    04 january 2017 16:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has expressed concern at escalating tensions and threat of renewed conflict following developments in central Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's president-elect calls for end to arbitrary arrests, media closure
    04 january 2017 14:29:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has called on outgoing government of president Yahya Jammeh to end arbitrary arrests and detentions and closure of media houses in the West African nation. Full text...

  • US: New UN boss announces decisions to improve UN 'effectiveness, efficiency'
    04 january 2017 13:16:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he has taken several decisions on his first working day in office to improve the world body's effectiveness and efficiency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections
    04 january 2017 09:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

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