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  • Senegal: IHRDA calls on Gambia's Jammeh to ensure peaceful transfer of power
    14 december 2016 16:02:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) has called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to take measures and ensure a ''smooth and peaceful transfer of power'' to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Parliament passes amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act
    14 december 2016 14:59:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday said although it is true that the threat level to Mauritius regarding international terrorism is considered low; “yet, terrorism has no frontiers and its random and unpredictable nature makes it a matter of concern to any country.” Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns military takeover of Gambia's electoral commission
    14 december 2016 14:54:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed dismay at the takeover of Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by the country's military. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian Doctors urge President Jammeh to hand over power
    14 december 2016 14:52:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Medical practitioners, under the banner of Medical and Dental Association of The Gambia (MDAG), have urged President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders fail to resolve Gambian politial impasse
    13 december 2016 21:17:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A high-powered delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has failed to resolve the political impasse that is threatening the peace of Gambia after a disputed election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawyers begin strike; labour unions ask Jammeh to step down
    13 december 2016 16:24:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to protest the decision of President Yahaya Yammeh to reject the results of the 1 December election which he lost to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's VP Osinbanjo leaves for 2-day visit to Algeria
    13 december 2016 15:35:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, left here Tuesday for a two-day visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition not concerned about Jammeh’s about-turn - Spokesman
    13 december 2016 08:34:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Halifa Sallah, spokesperson for the opposition coalition that defeated President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December polls, says it not concerned about his rejection of the results. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawyers say Jammeh U-turn 'tantamount to treason'
    13 december 2016 08:33:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) says the declaration by outgoing president Yahya Jammeh of the 1 December 2016 presidential as null and void is tantamount to treason. Full text...

  • US: US slaps sanctions on two senior DR Congo officials
    13 december 2016 05:39:29
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed targeted sanctions on two senior government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, John Kirby, spokesperson for the State Department has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon
    12 december 2016 19:23:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday in New York paid a tribute to the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his "untiring service to humanity" over the past decade. Full text...

  • UN: Antonio Guterres sworn as new UN chief
    12 december 2016 18:59:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth UN Secretary-General, pledging to reposition development at the centre of the organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition coalition urges the world to caution president Jammeh
    12 december 2016 17:25:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s opposition coalition on Monday urged the international community to caution President Yahya Jammeh to immediately hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates Ghana President-Elect
    12 december 2016 15:51:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, following his victory in the general elections held on 7 December. Full text...

  • UN: António Guterres to be sworn in Monday as the next UN Secretary-General
    12 december 2016 12:26:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, will be sworn in on Monday, 12 December, 2016, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana condemns Jammeh's U-turn
    12 december 2016 10:23:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned Gambian president Yahya Jammeh for rejecting the results of this month's election which he lost to opposition candidate Adama Barrow and calling for a new vote. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria sends condolences to Egypt, Nigeria after tragedies
    12 december 2016 08:43:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Monday condemned last weekend’s terror attacks in Egypt and sent condolences to the Nigerian government following the deaths of more than 100 worshippers following a roof collapse at a church in Akwa Ibom state capital, Uyo. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Jammeh to respect presidential election outcome
    11 december 2016 16:34:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for rejecting the outcome of the presidential election in the country, and urged him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama directs security agencies to maintain order
    11 december 2016 06:10:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has directed the security agencies to deploy across the country and arrest anybody caught vandalising Government property or attacking innocent Ghanaians. Full text...

  • US: Security Council asks Gambian leader Jammeh to peacefully hand over
    10 december 2016 21:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the outgoing Gambian President's rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country's Independent Electoral Commission, the United Nations Security Council urged him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process. Full text...

  • US: Ban congratulates Ghana's president-elect Akufo-Addo
    10 december 2016 21:32:11
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of Ghana and thanked outgoing President John Dramani Mahama for his role in defusing tensions and preserving peace during the election period. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD Summit condemns systematic killings in South Sudan
    10 december 2016 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the systematic killings and violence in South Sudan and called on the African Union (AU) to act urgently to stop large-scale violence in the world’s youngest state. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's president-elect says there will be no fresh elections
    10 december 2016 17:09:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday that there will be no fresh elections and the transfer of power shall be effected in January according to the Constitution. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns of tough measures after Yahya Jammeh’s poll trick
    10 december 2016 17:00:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the results of the 1 Dec. 2016 Presidential election as null and void and warned its Peace and Security Council would meet shortly to discuss the consequences of such a declaration. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians say Jammeh’s rejection of election results 'illegal'
    10 december 2016 15:55:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Coalition Diaspora Consultative Council (CDCC) says it is utterly astonished and deeply concerned that President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the election result that saw him lose to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh's rejection of election result is 'extremely dangerous' - rights group
    10 december 2016 15:17:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has condemned Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh's rejection of the 1 December election that saw him losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow, describing it as "an extremely dangerous move". Full text...

  • Gambia: EU says Jammeh's call for new election is 'unacceptable'
    10 december 2016 14:52:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has said President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of the result of the 1 December election and his call for a new vote is "unacceptable" and clearly against the outcome of the election. Full text...

  • Senegal: US condemns defeated Gambian President's call for new election
    10 december 2016 13:32:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United States government has condemned Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of results of a presidential election that he lost and is instead calling for a new vote in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari congratulates Akufo-Addo on Ghana election victory
    10 december 2016 10:13:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has “warmly” congratulated Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo on his victory in the 7 December presidential election. Full text...

  • US: Senior US official to attend African Union Dialogue
    10 december 2016 08:26:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Acting US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Bruce Wharton will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 11–12 December, to lead the US Delegation attending the 4th High Level Dialogue with the African Union Commission, which will take place on December 12. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition condemns president Jammeh's rejection of results
    10 december 2016 07:40:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Leaders of Gambia's opposition coalition that won an historic election on 1 December have condemned President Yahaya Jammeh's rejection of the results and called on the citizens not to"retreat". Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Ghana on successful election
    10 december 2016 07:34:01
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has congratulated the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the country's 7 December general election saying its peaceful and inclusive nature is a testament to Ghana’s citizens and its vibrant democracy. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh rejects result
    10 december 2016 00:29:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, in a surprise turnaround, has rejected the result of the 1 December presidential election which he lost to opposition candidate Adama Barrow, state-owned Gambia Radio and Television Services TV announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union holds historic debate for top Commission post
    10 december 2016 00:15:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Five candidates racing for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) met on Friday for a podium debate on how they intend to handle some of the pressing political, economic and social challenges facing Africa ahead of elections in January 2017. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president elect - A politician, lawyer, human rights activist
    10 december 2016 00:10:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who will become Ghana's fifth president of the Fourth Republic when he is sworn in on 7 January 2017, is a lawyer, politician and human rights activist. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'I've done my bit...I leave my work to history to judge' - Mahama
    10 december 2016 00:06:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama on Friday night said he would leave the work that he did as president to history to judge. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president-elect says he will not let the country down
    09 december 2016 22:51:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday night told his jubilant supporters that he will not let the country down. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military kills four Al Shabaab militants in Garissa
    09 december 2016 21:32:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least four suspected Al Shabaab militants have been killed along the Hulugho-Sangailu route in Garissa County, the latest military engagement between the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and the militant group, the military said on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo declared winner of Ghana's presidential election
    09 december 2016 21:28:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The main opposition leader in Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, was on Friday night declared winner of the country's presidential election. Full text...

  • Ghana: Breaking news: Ghana president Mahama concedes defeat
    09 december 2016 20:40:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Friday conceded defeat in the country's presidential election, sending supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) into a jubilant mood. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Ghanaians for peaceful elections
    09 december 2016 15:54:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday congratulated the people of Ghana for exercising their democratic rights and peacefully conducting the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama says he will accept results of election
    09 december 2016 14:01:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has said he and his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will accept the results of Wednesday's elections no matter the outcome. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief appoints Ahmed Al Meraikhi of Qatar as Humanitarian Envoy
    09 december 2016 13:38:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Thursday named Ahmed Al Meraikhi of Qatar as his Humanitarian Envoy. Full text...

  • UN: Chinese General named Force Commander of the UN Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara
    09 december 2016 13:19:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday announced the appointment of Maj.Gen. Wang Xiaojun of China as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's ruling party suffers huge losses in parliament
    09 december 2016 09:22:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suffered major losses in parliament in Wednesday's election with newspapers saying at least 24 of its MPs were defeated. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghanaians expect general election results on Friday
    09 december 2016 05:38:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaians expect the Electoral Commission (EC) to announce the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections on Friday to end their anxiety. Full text...

  • Ghana: Two main political parties urge supporters to remain calm
    08 december 2016 19:03:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The two main political parties in Ghana have urged their supporters to remain calm and allow the Electoral Commission (EC) time to declare the results of Wednesday's presidential and parliamentary results. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council reiterates support for Libya's political agreement
    08 december 2016 14:49:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday expressed deep concern over the serious political polarization in Libya, which it said has resulted in a deterioration of the security, economic and humanitarian situation there, and affirmed its full support for the country's political agreement signed about a year ago. Full text...

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