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  • Zambia: Opposition leader files petition against re-election of President Lungu
    19 august 2016 17:07:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Losing presidential candidate in the 11 August Zambian election, Hakainde Hichilema, has filed a petition in the Constitution Court challenging the victory of incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Nigeria: John Kerry arrives Nigeria Tuesday for 2-day visit
    19 august 2016 15:47:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, is expected to arrive in Nigeria on 23 August for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition MP sworn in as Mayor of Pretoria
    19 august 2016 15:38:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were emotional scenes at the Pretoria City Council when Solly Msimanga, a councilor with the Democratic Alliance (DA), was sworn in as Mayor, signaling another bitter defeat for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • US: US Secretary of State visits Kenya, Nigeria next week
    19 august 2016 15:25:45
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 August to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter-terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues, a US State Department statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief disappointed with Sudan's warring parties on peace pact
    18 august 2016 14:15:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed disappointment that Sudan's warring parties failed to reach an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Darfur and the two areas of Blue Nile and South Kordofan States, during the last round of negotiations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tension high as Nelson Mandela Bay swears in new mayor
    18 august 2016 13:42:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were dramatic scenes at the first meeting of the new Nelson Mandela Bay council on Thursday where Democratic Alliance (DA) Athol Trollip was elected the new executive major. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi military officers under UN mission in CAR seeking asylum in Europe
    18 august 2016 13:33:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Burundian senior military officer, currently serving as the spokesman for the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), Lt.-Col. Adolphe Manirakiza, is part of a group of five Burundian officers who have expressed "fear for their lives" back home and do not want to return, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli says Tanzania backs SADR efforts for self-determination
    17 august 2016 16:46:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania on Wednesday assured Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of its unwavering support to the people of the Western Sahara country in their struggle for self-determination. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU panel worried about impasse on Sudanese peace Roadmap Agreement
    17 august 2016 11:15:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing extreme concern about the failure of the Sudanese parties to reach consensus on implementation of the Roadmap Agreement for peace in their country, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on the Cessation of Hostilities Negotiations (AUHIP) said on Wednesday that “the Parties have allowed a real and critical opportunity to slip out of their hands”. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Zambians for holding peaceful elections
    16 august 2016 14:25:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday congratulated the people of Zambia for the peaceful and orderly presidential, parliamentary and local elections, as well as the referendum on the Bill of Rights, held on 11 August. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Zambian president-elect Lungu
    16 august 2016 06:11:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated Zambian president-elect Edger Lungu and called on all candidates who contested last week's polls to respect the official results. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition candidate rejects presidential polls
    15 august 2016 21:52:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The presidential candidate of Zambia's main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND), Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has rejected the presidential results announced on Monday, which declared incumbent President Edgar Lungu as winner. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives UN envoy on Guinea-Bissau
    15 august 2016 18:14:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau, Mr Modibo Toure, appealing to political leaders in Guinea Bissau to embrace unity and avoid any act that could plunge the nation into further crisis. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu re-elected in Zambia
    15 august 2016 14:03:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Incumbent President Edgar Lungu has won Thursday’s presidential election in Zambia, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson, Justice Essau Chulu, who declared the results on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu leads in Zambian election results (update)
    14 august 2016 18:05:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has taken a lead in latest presidential election results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) late on Sunday from 90 constituencies out of the total 156 constituencies in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader maintains lead in Zambia presidential election results
    14 august 2016 08:36:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Official results from 54 of Zambia's 156 constituencies, announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia early Sunday, show that opposition president Hakainde Hichilema is maintaining his lead but with reduced margin. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader retakes slight lead in latest presidential results
    13 august 2016 20:10:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – In the latest partial presidential election results announced following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has regained his lead after polling 384,801 votes in 42 of the 156 constituencies countrywide, PANA reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu builds commanding lead in Zambia’s presidential elections
    13 august 2016 14:14:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu now leads his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema in the latest presidential results announced Saturday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Denying visa to human rights researcher ‘regrettable’, says UN rights chief
    13 august 2016 11:52:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Friday said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is a regrettable development. Full text...

  • Zambia: Presidential race in Zambia narrows to 2 top contenders
    13 august 2016 07:03:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Latest results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) have shown that the presidential race remain tight between incumbent President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema following Thursday’s general election contested by nine presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan, DR Congo Presidents agree to enhance cooperation
    12 august 2016 22:12:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame and visiting Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Friday agreed to promote bilateral ties to a new level through enhanced cooperation in various fields. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu takes early lead in preliminary election results
    12 august 2016 22:06:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party is leading in partial presidential results from three constituencies announced Friday night by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) following Thursday’s general elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union re-opens race for next AU Chairperson
    12 august 2016 13:28:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has re-opened the race for the next Chairperson of the Commission, the deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners ahead of the polls in January 2017, the AU Commission announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Counting of ballots in Zambia's general elections continue
    12 august 2016 10:27:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Counting of ballots following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia has continued with the first partial results expected to be announced on Friday afternoon, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian elections record huge turnout
    11 august 2016 19:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As voting ended Thursday at 18.00hrs (local time) in some polling stations across Zambia, the country's electoral management body said there was huge turnout in most polling stations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC urges mutual trust among parties seeking peace in South Sudan
    11 august 2016 18:42:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again called upon parties to the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) to embrace mutual trust, put the interest of their country and its people above everything else and to scrupulously implement the Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM says sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos non-negotiable
    11 august 2016 15:45:28
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Thursday told Parliament that pursuant to its commitment to ensure that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Mauritius are fully respected and safeguarded, his government will relentlessly pursue all efforts in accordance with international law for the effective exercise by Mauritius of its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA starts project on enhancing citizens’ knowledge on governance, ECOWAS
    11 august 2016 15:32:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commenced a major project aimed at enhancing citizens’ knowledge and awareness of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and its relevant protocols and frameworks that mandate member states to be accountable to their citizens. Full text...

  • South Africa: Liberation hero launches scathing attack on ANC
    11 august 2016 10:48:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Reverend Frank Chikane, the former Director General of the Presidency, on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the African National Congress (ANC), saying the ruling party is under attack not from external forces but from its own members and leaders. Full text...

  • Zambia: Polls open in Zambia's election
    11 august 2016 08:19:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians started voting on Thursday in the general election and national referendum under the amended Constitution under which the winner of the first round must have 50 per cent plus one of the votes. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu tasks Zambians on orderly elections
    10 august 2016 20:23:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday assured Zambians that he will do his very best to provide the necessary leadership to ensure law and order during and after Thursday's elections, urging the people to also maintain decorum. Full text...

  • Zambia: US dismisses misconceptions about who it supports in Zambian poll
    10 august 2016 18:08:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – On the eve of Zambia's general elections, United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield has dismissed misconceptions on who the U.S. government supports. Full text...

  • US: US, Britain, Norway, Germany, EU laud Sudan's roadmap for peace
    10 august 2016 15:21:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The US, Britain, Norway, Germany, and the European Union (EU) have welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, and the National Umma Party, in a move to end the conflicts in Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes election timetable in Somalia
    10 august 2016 15:15:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Somali electoral authorities of a timetable for the 2016 electoral process, noting that the process for the upcoming polls, which sets October for presidential elections, is an important milestone in the country’s journey towards democracy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes signature of Sudan’s roadmap deal by opposition parties
    10 august 2016 15:09:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by opposing parties in Sudan which aims to achieve a permanent end to conflicts in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Egypt is interested in consensus deal between Libyan political stakeholders'
    10 august 2016 12:55:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sameh Choukry, has said his country will support a consensus agreement involving all the Libyan parties to the political crisis rocking the county. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President meets election observer missions
    09 august 2016 20:41:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday in Lusaka held talks with leaders of the various election observer missions, ahead of the country's general elections scheduled for 11 August. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu embarrassed by court ruling ahead of Thursday’s election (Feature by Mildred Mulenga, PANA correspondent)
    09 august 2016 10:34:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has suffered an embarrassment ahead of Thursday’s general elections after a landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court in Lusaka that he was wrong to maintain ministers in office after the dissolution of Parliament on 12 May 2016. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group says dozens of peaceful protesters killed by police in Ethiopia
    08 august 2016 20:32:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday quoting "credible sources". Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council holds second poll for UN top job
    08 august 2016 19:12:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has conducted the second straw poll assessment of the remaining 11 candidates for UN Secretary-General position, PANA in New York reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: EISA commends Zambia for holding elections under reformed framework
    08 august 2016 13:26:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) election observation mission (EOM) has observed that the 11 August Zambian elections are taking place under a reformed legal framework that to a great extent reflects the recommendations issued by previous election observer missions, including EISA EOMs. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan President in N'Djamena for Deby's presidential inauguration
    08 august 2016 13:10:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the group of African leaders and personalities who will attend the inaugural ceremony of Chad's president-elect Idriss Déby Itno on Monday, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for Deby’s inauguration
    08 august 2016 10:19:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir left Khartoum on Monday for Ndjamena, Chad, for the inauguration of President Idriss Deby for a new presidential term. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to attend President Deby's inaguration
    07 august 2016 18:27:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday morning for N'Djamena to join other Heads of State and Government for the inauguration ceremony of President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad. Full text...

  • Zambia: Gov't dismisses opposition’s claim of violence ahead of elections
    07 august 2016 15:07:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has dismissed opposition’s leader Hakainde Hichilema’s claim of political instability in the country ahead of the 11 August elections as an attempt to merely scandalise the credible electoral process. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma humiliated by anti-rape activists
    07 august 2016 09:13:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is scrambling to contain the fallout from the fiercely contested local government election which saw it losing ground around the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: How a white farmer captured Mandela's region in South African poll (Analysis by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    06 august 2016 13:44:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – While the ruling African National Congress continues to lick its wounds following the most fiercely contested elections since the advent of democracy in South Africa, the spotlight is shining brightly on a white farmer-turned-politician who is expected to become mayor of a metropolitan district named after the country's greatest son, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC licks its wounds as election results show significant losses
    05 august 2016 10:48:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections continued on Friday, with a pattern emerging that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost ground to the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in several key centres. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition makes significant gains in local govt. elections
    04 august 2016 13:55:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections is underway with early results indicating that while the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding a comfortable lead nationally, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is poised to capture several key metropolitan areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN blames South Sudan's govt forces for violations in July fighting
    04 august 2016 13:47:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Preliminary UN investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan reveals that government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties, the UN human rights chief Zeid Al Hussein said on Thursday, calling on the UN Security Council to take stronger action on the Sudan Sudan conflict. Full text...

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