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  • Nigeria: Ghanaian President visits Jonathan, asks Nigerians to maintain peace
    21 april 2015 17:32:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ghanaian President John Mahama on Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria where he met with President Goodluck Jonathan and called on Nigerians to work towards sustaining the current peaceful atmosphere in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese FM summons Western troika representatives to protest statement on polls
    21 april 2015 16:58:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has reacted strongly to the troika statement that criticized the its elections telling Europeans and Americans to mind their own business as the polls were entirely a Sudanese affair. Full text...

  • Sudan: Western troika unhappy with elections in Sudan
    21 april 2015 14:30:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States, UK and Norway are critical of the recent general and presidential elections held in the Sudan and whose final results are yet to be officially announced. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU election observer mission arrives in Togo
    21 april 2015 14:20:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Commission Tuesday announced the arrival of its election observation mission in Togo as the West African nation prepares to hold presidential election on 25 April. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia abolishes visas requirement for several African countries
    20 april 2015 17:57:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – In a bid to promote its tourism industry, Tunisia on Monday announced abolition of entry visa requirement for citizens of several countries, said Touhami Abdouli, Secretary of State in charge of African and Arab Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full text...

  • Libya: Stakeholders in inter-Libyan talks 'close to political consensus', say participants
    18 april 2015 15:04:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At the inter-Libyan talks in Skhirat, Morocco, the indirect negotiations show of movement of stakeholders towards political consensus, said sources close to the delegation of the Libyan Chamber of Representatives (Parliament), quoted on Saturday by the Libyan media. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta appoints army chief in cabinet reshuffle
    17 april 2015 17:35:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed a new chief of defence forces and replaced the cabinet’s top administrative official in a reshuffle of his cabinet Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Ex-Nigerian head of state advocates Government of West African States
    17 april 2015 13:48:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yakubu Gowon, a retired army general, former Nigerian Head of Sate and a founding father of ECOWAS, has advocated the creation of a Government of West African States for the common good of the 15-nation Community’s estimated 300 million people as a building block for the United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Growing number of Burundians fleeing pre-election violence
    17 april 2015 13:46:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) Pre-election violence and intimidation in Burundi has triggered a recent rise in the number of people seeking asylum in neighbouring Rwanda and DR Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Friday. Full text...

  • Algeria: Restoration of security in Sahelo-Saharan space essential to fight against terrorism - AU
    16 april 2015 21:49:58
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Commissioner, Ismael Chergui, has said in Algiers that the promotion of security within the Sahelo-Saharan space is a common challenge that must be addressed for a more efficient fight against terrorism, extremism and all forms of cross-border crime. Full text...

  • Libya: Russia 'willing' to resume military cooperation with Libya but...
    16 april 2015 21:38:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs, Mikhail Bogdanov, has said that Moscow is willing to reestablish military cooperation with Libya, but with the approval of the UN Security Council which slapped an arms embargo on the country in 2011. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama lauds US, Cuba for initiative to normalise relations
    16 april 2015 20:00:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana has commended the US and Cuba for their recent initiative to normalise relations between them. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition youth wing protests sacking of VP Sumana
    16 april 2015 15:37:47
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Young Generation Wing of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Thursday demonstrated in front of the US Embassy in Freetown in protest against the sacking last month of the elected Vice President, Sam Sumana, calling it a blatant violation of the nation's constitution. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Paul Kagame visits Ethiopia
    16 april 2015 15:27:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, arrived in Addis Ababa on Thursday for a 48-hour visit that coincided with the signing, in the Ethiopian capital, of the agreement on the first-ever electricity inter-connection project and distribution involving the two countries, an official source told PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan urges world support for incoming Nigerian govt.
    16 april 2015 15:21:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday in Abuja urged world leaders and international institutions to give their fullest possible support to the incoming Administration of retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission to deploy 100 observers for Togo polls
    16 april 2015 12:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is to deploy 100 election observers, headed by former Liberian Interim President Amos Sawyer, to monitor Togo’s 25th April 2015 Presidential elections, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls
    16 april 2015 11:21:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties open new round of UN-backed political talks in Morocco
    16 april 2015 08:06:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A new round of political dialogue on Libya, hosted by Morocco and Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Acting president, government members declare assets
    15 april 2015 21:27:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkina Faso acting government on Wednesday announced that the acting president and the members of the interim government have declared their assets. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundians on peaceful elections
    15 april 2015 20:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid AI-Hussein, on Wednesday said that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders were extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply, with a series of elections set to take place between May and August this year. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu challenges Zambian opposition parties to take part in elections
    15 april 2015 17:27:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has challenged local opposition parties to participate in elections so that they could help strengthen democracy in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS calls for gender equality on electoral issues
    15 april 2015 15:47:46
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants in a just-ended regional workshop on Gender and Elections have advocated the adoption of relevant laws for gender equality in electoral matters. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: NEC hints of possible shift in election date
    15 april 2015 15:37:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean National Electoral Commission (NEC) has hinted at the possibility of postponing the 2016 local council polls, and the general and presidential elections in the country, due in 2017/18. Full text...

  • Sudan: 109-year-old voter makes headlines in Sudan polls
    15 april 2015 12:29:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A 109-year-old woman who trekked to a polling booth to cast her vote in Sudan's ongoing presidential and parliamentary polls made newspaper headlines in the North African nation on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria hosts international conference on terrorism in July
    15 april 2015 11:24:30
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will in July host an international conference on terrorism and its causes, Algerian Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel has said. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan political parties, activists end round 2 of UN-backed talks
    15 april 2015 08:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A second meeting of Libyan political parties and activists, facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), rounded off its deliberations on Tuesday in Algiers, Algeria's capital city, by reiterating the commitment to the political dialogue as the only option to resolve the crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Central African Republic transition at 'critical stage'
    15 april 2015 08:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Mr. Babacar Gaye, says the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains tenuous as sectarian tensions continue to simmer and the severity of the country’s humanitarian crisis increasing. Full text...

  • Algeria: Second round of talks between Libyan politicians begins in Algiers
    13 april 2015 21:34:33
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The second meeting between the leaders of Libyan political parties and activists opened on Monday in Algiers under the aegis of the UN Support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in a bid to find political solution to the crisis rocking the country. Full text...

  • Morocco: Moroccan govt condemns attack on its embassy in Tripoli
    13 april 2015 18:55:29
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Morocco has condemned Monday’s armed attack on its embassy in Tripoli, calling on Libyan authorities to investigate circumstances around the attack and find its perpetrators. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundi on elections preparations
    13 april 2015 18:35:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Al-Hussein Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Africa hosts 25th AU Summit
    13 april 2015 18:18:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –The 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take place 14-15 June 2015 at Sandton International Conference Center (ICC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the AU Commission announced here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks Libyan politicians, activists on peace, stability
    13 april 2015 17:13:09
    New York, US (PANA) - For a political solution to take hold and end the ongoing fighting Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN seeks entries for Nelson Mandela Prize
    13 april 2015 12:15:18
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations has called for entries for the first edition of the Nelson Mandela Prize for persons who distinguish themselves in the promotion of reconciliation, social cohesion and community development, all of which align with the goals and principles of the UN. Full text...

  • Sudan: Voting opens in Presidential, Parliamentary polls
    13 april 2015 12:08:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections kicked off on Monday and will continue for three days, with over 13 million eligible voters due to elect a President and Lawmakers for a five-year tenure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Governorship/House of Assembly elections 'went well' - Civil Society
    13 april 2015 11:59:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of 'The Situation Room' have given a pass mark to the state elections held across Nigeria on Saturday, even while calling attention to some lapses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition party wins most states in Governorship polls
    13 april 2015 11:09:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won in most of the states where results of Saturday's Governorship and State Assembly (parliament) elections have been declared so far, building on its shellacking of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Presidential and National Assembly elections held two weeks earlier. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Deaths, low voter turnout hallmark state elections
    12 april 2015 10:37:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Results of Saturday's Governorship and State House of Assembly (parliament) elections were being awaited on Sunday, as reports of low voter turnout, violence and electoral malfeasance emerged. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya orders UNHCR to shut down Somali refugee camp
    11 april 2015 18:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has issued a three-month ultimatum to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate Somali and Ethiopian refugees at the refugee camps in Dadaab, North Eastern Kenya, following the killing of 147 University campus students. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU election observer hails card reader improvement
    11 april 2015 17:04:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chief Observer of the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission in Nigeria, Mr. Santiago Fisas, has hailed the improvement recorded in the functionality of the Smart Card Readers being used to verify the genuineness of the biometric voter cards in Saturday's state elections in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: FM reaffirms Libyan govt. commitment to resolve crisis through political dialogue
    11 april 2015 16:26:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – As Morocco and Algeria prepare to host the new rounds of inter-Libyan peace talks, the country's foreign affairs minister, Mohamed al-Dairi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the interim government to finding a workable political solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voting starts in Nigeria's State elections
    11 april 2015 14:35:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Voting has started in Nigeria's state elections, following the conclusion of the accreditation process to verify the biometric voter cards presented by would-be voters in most polling units. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voters return to the polls to elect Governors, Lawmakers
    11 april 2015 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two weeks after electing a new President, Nigerian voters on Saturday returned to the polls to elect State Governors and Lawmakers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigerians on peaceful gubernatorial, State assemblies elections
    10 april 2015 22:29:47
    New York, US (PANA) - As Nigeria gets set this weekend to hold its Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again congratulated Nigerians and the government on the peaceful manner in which the recent presidential and parliamentary elections were held and expressed the hope that similar conditions will prevail during the new polls. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: UN Envoy meets President Koroma, "sacked" VP Sam Sumana
    10 april 2015 15:34:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has met with both President Koroma of Sierra Leone and the elected Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana, to discuss the constitutional row over the latter's sacking. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM reacts to damning EU statement on Sudanese national dialogue
    10 april 2015 14:12:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has expressed regrets over a statement issued Thursday by a Senior European Union (EU) official, accusing Khartoum of being unable to initiate a national dialogue it announced in January last year and failing to show up for a pre-dialogue meeting in the Ethiopian capital last week. Full text...

  • Mali: FM criticizes Ban Ki-moon's report on Malian crisis
    10 april 2015 13:34:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian minister of foreign affairs, African integration and International Cooperation, Abdallah Diop, has slammed comments credited to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that all parties to the conflict in Mali, including the Malian government, “have violated the ceasefire agreement in place”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mandate of Community Court may be expanded to cover genocide, crimes against humanity
    10 april 2015 13:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering the possibility of enlarging the mandate of its regional court to enable it handle cases relating to the massive violation of human rights such as genocide and crimes against humanity, a judge of the Court said in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief approves deployment of AU mission to observe elections in Sudan
    09 april 2015 17:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015, the Commission said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU witholds support for Sudan's general, presidential elections
    09 april 2015 16:46:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union on Thursday said it would not provide any support for the general and presidential elections set to begin in Sudan in three days’ time. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Supreme court adjourns ruling on VP vs govt. dismissal case
    09 april 2015 15:13:37
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Supreme court Thursday adjourned ruling on an application for an interlocutory injunction sought by lawyers, representing sacked Vice President Sam Sumana, restraining Victor Foh from acting as Vice President. Full text...

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