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  • Egypt: Egyptian President Al-Sissi to meet President Trump on 3 April
    29 march 2017 11:54:50
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - US president Donald Trump will on 3 April meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi in Washington, the White House announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Lack of communication hinders progress on Libya's national accord
    27 march 2017 19:53:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Lack of a communication mechanism among opposing parties in Libya is the obstacle to resolving the country's political impasse, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS chief calls for strengthening of electoral systems in sub-region
    27 march 2017 19:16:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Marcel M. de Souza on Monday in Cotonou charged participants at an international workshop reviewing 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa to come up with a Cotonou Declaration for the improvement of the quality of electoral assistance to its member States. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma orders touring Finance Minister, deputy to return home
    27 march 2017 14:53:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been plunged into fresh political uncertainty after President Jacob Zuma on Monday instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, to immediately return to the country from an official trip to Europe and the United States. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir reaffirms keenness to cement relations with Burkina Faso
    26 march 2017 20:22:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Sunday said it stands ready to work with Burkina Faso in fighting terrorism, combating fundamentalism, staving off human trafficking and transcontinental illegal migration. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS, partners to review 10 years of electoral assistance in West Africa
    26 march 2017 16:35:41
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A three-day international workshop on 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa and the 5th biennial General Assembly meeting of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) open in Cotonou, the commercial capital of Benin Republic on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD Summit approves master plan on Somali refugee assistance
    25 march 2017 20:02:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders have agreed on a comprehensive refugee assistance plan and called on world leaders to act urgently to stop a looming famine in Somalia, which is struggling to return to political normalcy after 26 years of civil conflict, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senegalese leader thanks Buhari on Nigeria's role in Gambia
    25 march 2017 15:07:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President of Senegal, Mr Macky Sall, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in The Gambian impasse that led to the restoration of democracy in the West African country. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD ministers discuss Somali refugee resettlement amid looming famine
    24 march 2017 14:57:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers from the East African region met in Nairobi Friday to begin talks on the planned resettlement of Somali refugees ahead of a regional Summit of the heads of state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) due in the Kenyan capital on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks South Sudan leadership on cessation of hostilities
    24 march 2017 14:49:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back from the abyss, and back from a widening famine. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners consider exit strategy for peacekeeping force in Somalia
    23 march 2017 19:56:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An exit strategy and transition plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with a clear roadmap should be put in place for the Somali security forces to assume their primary responsibility, a high-level consultation on the future of the AU peacekeeping force agreed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to reopen office in Western Sahara
    23 march 2017 17:16:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing concern that all efforts aimed at finding a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara have so far failed to achieve the expected results, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has requested the AU Commission to immediately reopen the AU Office in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African MP to lead Africa Liberal Network
    23 march 2017 15:00:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Shadow Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Stevens Mokgalapa, has been elected as the President of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN), an alliance of 44 African Liberal Democratic organisations and parties spread across 30 African countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Tunisian PMs meet after one decade
    23 march 2017 14:07:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Tunisia on Thursday signed a number of cooperation agreements at the end of a two-day state visit to the Sudan by the Tunisian Prime Minister, Yusuf Shahid. Full text...

  • Nigeria: China lobbies Nigeria's ruling party on One China policy
    22 march 2017 18:05:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Peoples Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian, on Wednesday requested Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure ‘full execution’ of the One China policy between the two countries. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana sees opportunities in strengthened bilateral relations
    22 march 2017 16:53:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has announced intention to intensify its diplomatic relations as part of efforts to address the country’s development challenges. Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition moves to sanction senior official over offensive tweet
    22 march 2017 11:28:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday confirmed that a hearing into the conduct of its former leader Helen Zille will be held on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Egypt FMs move to halt frosty relations
    21 march 2017 20:32:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Egypt foreign ministers on Tuesday began diplomatic moves to prevent a frosty relationship between the two nations. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan president meets Pope Francis in Vatican city
    20 march 2017 13:13:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday held talks with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City focused on several aspects of the relationship between Rwanda and the Holy See, according to an official statement issued to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda opposition party names presidential candidate
    20 march 2017 10:31:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR), an opposition political party formed in 2009, has officially named its chairman, Frank Habineza, to contest the August 2017 presidential election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mahamat calls for greater solidarity in addressing humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    18 march 2017 20:22:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has travelled to Mogadishu, Somalia, on his first official visit, four days after taking up his new position as the chief executive of the Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN official addresses AU PSC on alarming situation in South Sudan
    17 march 2017 19:12:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - To pull South Sudan back from the abyss and from a growing famine, the international community must collectively focus energies on achieving an immediate cessation of hostilities, among other objectives outlined on Friday by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Kenya: British Foreign Secretary outlines diplomatic agenda for Kenya
    17 march 2017 18:04:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has outlined a series of measures to bolster bilateral cooperation with Kenya, including a pledge to increase the purchase of Kenyan agricultural products and trade even as the UK plans to conclude its exit from the European Union. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral integrity in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest writer)
    16 march 2017 22:31:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - No region of the globe has escaped the “wave of democratisation,” which hit the world from the early 1990s. While regular elections by themselves do not and cannot guarantee true democracy, they serve as one of the major barometers for measuring an effective democratic process. This is especially because elections provide the electorate with the opportunity to change a government which fails to deliver. Full text...

  • France: France, Gambia to strengthen bilateral ties
    16 march 2017 11:34:50
    Paris, France (PANA) - France and Gambia are to work together to strengthen democracy and rule of law in Gambia, French president François Hollande and Gambian president Adama Barrow, said at the end of talks on Wednesday evening at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading politician under fire over colonialism tweet
    16 march 2017 11:04:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The political future of one of South Africa’s most powerful politicians is in the balance after she sparked an outcry over a tweet condoning colonialism on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU envoy Konare urges end to South Sudanese political violence
    15 march 2017 18:41:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Alpha Konare, has urged the South Sudanese leaders to stop the use of violence as a means of resolving the political crisis in their country and called for the start of “genuine dialogue” to restore democracy and rule of law. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia govt relaxes state of emergency rule
    15 march 2017 17:00:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has relaxed its state of emergency rule, lifting restrictions on media and declaring more personal freedoms for people arrested in connection with the riots of October 2016, Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: U.S. reassures support for South Sudan
    14 march 2017 19:16:22
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Unites States on Tuesday reiterated its long-held view that there is no military solution to the political crisis in South Sudan, said a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Juba. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU delegation holds talks with Sudanese officials
    14 march 2017 17:21:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A 19-member delegation of the European Union (EU), currently visiting Sudan, on Tuesday held talks with Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other officials in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari resumes duties, writes National Assembly
    13 march 2017 13:58:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday resumed duties after his long vacation, his Media Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement released in Abuja. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ghanaian Vice President Bawumia arrives in Mauritius
    10 march 2017 17:49:27
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia arrived in Mauritius on Friday for a three-day visit as chief guest of the Government at the National Day celebrations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says he may need further medical checks 'within some weeks'
    10 march 2017 15:03:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja expressed his gratitude to Nigerians for their prayers and goodwill, pledging to rededicate himself to the service of the nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari returns home after medical vacation
    10 march 2017 07:58:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back home on Friday morning, 51 days after he left the country on a medical vacation. Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser says Burundian authorities reducing engagement with UN
    09 march 2017 22:07:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly two years after the political impasse started in Burundi, national authorities are reducing their engagement and cooperation with the UN system, which risks undermining efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis and cutting assistance to a population in need, UN Special Adviser on the situation in Burundi, Mr. Jamal Benomar said on Thursday in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo pledges support to end crisis in Guinea Bissau
    09 march 2017 18:04:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with Guinea Bissau Prime Minister Umoru Sissco Embalo for discussion on how to end political upheaval in that country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli appeals for UN support to stabilise Burundi, DRC
    09 march 2017 15:07:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has urged the United Nations to continue its support in bringing about political stability in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS partners UN, others to improve election observation mechanism
    09 march 2017 11:19:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is collaborating with the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States (LAS) in the utilisation of Needs Assessment Missions and latest Information Technology (IT) tools to strengthen the integrity of election observation for the deepening of democratic practice. Full text...

  • Kenya: US President discusses fight against terrorism with Kenyan leader
    08 march 2017 17:57:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US President Donald Trump has discussed the fight against terrorism in the Horn of Africa and regional security with President Uhuru Kenyatta in a telephone conversation where they laid emphasis on the need for closer cooperation, the White House said. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition calls for demonstration on Saturday to 'defend democracy'
    08 march 2017 12:16:31
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese opposition umbrella, Fight for Political Change in 2015 (CAP 2015), which brings together several opposition parties, has called for a march on Saturday to protest against the suppression of rallies last month in the West African country, a communiqué issued on Wednesday to PANA said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria issues conflicting travel advisory to US
    07 march 2017 21:34:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has issued two conflicting travel advisory to its citizens travelling to the US following the travel ban issued by US President Donald Trump, which temporarily barred migrants and refugees from some major Muslim countries, including three African countries, namely Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces US travel ban on Sudanese
    07 march 2017 17:31:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has deplored an executive order by US President Donald Trump banning Sudanese nationals to enter US territories for 90 days. Full text...

  • South Africa: Minister under fire over threat to internet, media freedom in South Africa
    07 march 2017 16:18:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo’s claims that government could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of fake news has sparked an outcry. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ghanaian Vice President to visit Mauritius
    07 march 2017 15:13:37
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia will be chief guest of the Government of Mauritius at the celebration of the 49th National Day on 12 March 2017, it was officially announced here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Guterres arrives in Somalia
    07 march 2017 11:56:57
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday and immediately held a meeting with the new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed, according to the local media. Full text...

  • US: West Africa can serve as a model for preventive diplomacy – UN political chief
    07 march 2017 05:35:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations political affairs chief on Monday stressed that West Africa could be a model of how the UN can work with local partners in bringing stability to regions or sub-regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senators on 3-day visit to Germany
    06 march 2017 20:39:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will on Tuesday lead a delegation of Nigerian senators on a 3-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote political and economic relations between Nigeria and Germany. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief visits Kenya
    06 march 2017 19:59:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday began a two-day official visit to Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana president urges citizens to protect the environment
    06 march 2017 14:15:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday rallied the population to protect the environment as the West African country celebrated its 60th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir plans new cabinet of 31 ministers
    04 march 2017 12:19:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir intends to form a cabinet of 31 Federal ministers who will be assisted by a number of State ministers to run the national accord government of Sudan, the official Radio Omdurman announced on Saturday. Full text...

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