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  • OIC Secretary General condemns violence in northeast Mali
    02 may 2018 10:45:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Youssef Al-Othaimeen, on Wednesday condemned acts of violence perpetrated on 26-27 April by extremist groups in northeast Mali in which 40 people were killed. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa gets hero's welcome at May Day rally
    01 may 2018 16:35:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday received a hero's welcome at the country’s main May Day rally in Nelson Mandela Bay. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN mission in Western Sahara
    30 april 2018 04:45:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara until 31 October 2018, calling for a “realistic, practicable and enduring” political solution to end the decades‑old conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan, US talk on how to remove Sudan from terror list
    29 april 2018 19:47:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Mohamed Osman Rikkabi, on Sunday received the US Assistant Secretary of State at the Department of Treasury, Marshall Billingslea, with their discussions focusing on how to remove Sudan from the list of countries the US considers as sponsors of international terror. Full text...

  • Ivorian President Ouattara in Rwanda for 'Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend'
    27 april 2018 09:48:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire has arrived in Rwanda to participate in the "Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend," the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation held every year in a different African country to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts Indian Ocean Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security
    27 april 2018 06:39:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean will be held in Balaclava, northern Mauritius on 28-29 April 2018. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament 'worried about threats to parliamentary practice' in Sierra Leone
    26 april 2018 16:41:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday expressed worry about threats to parliamentary practice in Sierra Leone following developments in the just inaugurated Parliament. Full text...

  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities to prevent conflict
    26 april 2018 06:38:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Peacebuilding and sustaining peace require a more coherent United Nations strategy, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan, Chad presidents participate in border conference
    25 april 2018 22:39:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Debby took part in the closing session on Wednesday of a conference on development of States straddling their common border. Full text...

  • Lesotho Electoral Commission team visits ECONEC
    25 april 2018 15:45:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, its Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, as part the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition chief proposes three-tier governance system
    25 april 2018 14:44:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga, on Wednesday proposed a 3-tier system of government that seeks to retain the 47 devolved units and national government. Full text...

  • AfDB President graces Tanzania’s Union Day anniversary
    25 april 2018 10:12:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina will be a rare guest at this year’s Tanzanian Union Day celebrations on Thursday where he is scheduled to address a mass rally in the country’s new capital Dodoma. Full text...

  • Britain pledges support for Sudan’s removal from terrorism list
    25 april 2018 09:08:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Britain has pledged to support Sudan’s removal from US list of state sponsors of terrorism, at the end of the fifth meeting of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue held in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • World leaders gather at UN to renew commitment to build, sustain peace
    25 april 2018 04:51:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials urged a gathering of world leaders on Tuesday to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN’s work. Full text...

  • SADC presses DRC to stick to electoral calendar, ensure credible polls
    24 april 2018 19:31:20
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain committed to the implementation of the country’s electoral calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful credible elections, scheduled to take place on the 23 December 2018. Full text...

  • SADC Double Troika Summit convenes in Luanda
    24 april 2018 05:22:39
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is convening a Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the regional body on Tuesday in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to receive reports on the political and security situation in the region, the organisation’s secretariat has said. Full text...

  • Resurfacing violence in Zambia worries President Lungu
    23 april 2018 19:12:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expressed concern over political violence resurfacing in some parts of the country holding by-elections. Full text...

  • Tunisian PM calls on European Commission Chair in Brussels
    23 april 2018 18:30:14
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who is on a working visit to Brussels, on Monday held talks with the European Commission Chairman, Jean-Claude Juncker. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Guterres hails Dag Hammarskjöld
    23 april 2018 04:35:33
    Uppsala, Sweden (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday described his predecessor Dag Hammarskjöld as his “fundamental inspiration,” who should be regarded as the “central reference” point for the whole United Nations ideal today. Full text...

  • ‘Lack of unity of purpose keeps Africa under constant terror threats’ – Dramani Mahama
    21 april 2018 13:52:27
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries need integrated efforts to tackle their challenges on issues of peace and security, former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has said at a panel discussion organized under the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa. Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Chief visits Ethiopia, AU Commission
    21 april 2018 11:40:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday begins his second official visit to Ethiopia, at the invitation of the Government, his office announced Saturday from Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • ECONEC chief visits Abuja secretariat
    20 april 2018 18:47:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board and Chairman, Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) visited the ECONEC Permanent Secratariat on Friday. Full text...

  • President Barrow thanks Commonwealth for readmitting Gambia
    20 april 2018 12:44:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has thanked the Commonwealth for re-admitting his country into the fold of nations of mainly former British colonies. Full text...

  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa cuts short UK trip over protest action
    20 april 2018 09:42:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday cut short his official visit to the UK to deal with major protests in the North West province. He had been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he was leading a government delegation. Full text...

  • UN to study its role in Liberia conflict resolution, political mediation
    20 april 2018 05:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Commending the remarkable achievements made by the people and Government of Liberia to consolidate lasting peace and stability in the wake of a 1999-2003 civil war, the Security Council on Thursday asked the United Nations Secretary-General to conduct a study of the role played by its peacekeeping mission in resolving conflicts and other challenges the country has faced. Full text...

  • Bashir sacks foreign minister Ghandour
    19 april 2018 21:09:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Thursday relieved foreign minister Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour of his duties. Full text...

  • Barrow addresses UK gathering on Gambia
    18 april 2018 22:21:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday addressed a gathering in London, UK, on Gambia’s future. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Burundi over deaths, intimidation ahead of referendum
    17 april 2018 11:29:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Burundi government forces and ruling party members have killed, beaten, and intimidated perceived opponents of a constitutional referendum set for a 17 May, 2018 vote that would enable the president to extend his term in office, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group urges SADC to act on DR Congo crisis
    16 april 2018 16:36:34
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - As the he Southern African Development Community (SADC) meets on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola, to discuss security in the region, a human rights group is asking the leaders of the regional grouping to work to end the suffering of the people of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Gambia returns to Commonwealth fold after 5 years of absence
    16 april 2018 15:35:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow will leave Banjul on Tuesday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in London, United Kingdom, after five years of Gambia's withdrawal from the 54-member body by ex-president Yahya Jammeh, according to a Presidency news release received by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia's opposition party complains to UN, US Embassy over ‘oppression’ of supporters
    16 april 2018 14:40:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Momodou Alieu Bah, the interim vice leader of Gambia’s opposition Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC), has said his party has signaled the office of United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the U.S. Embassy in the Gambia about the oppression and harassment of his party supporters. Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • Gambian FM eulogises party supporter killed by ex-president Jammeh's gov’t
    14 april 2018 15:33:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe, on Saturday eulogised one of his party’s officers who was said to have been tortured to death during former President Yahya Jammeh’s government in April 2016. Full text...

  • Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief
    14 april 2018 06:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - "‘Mama Winnie’ – as she was affectionately known – was a towering figure in the struggle against apartheid,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, during a tribute held at United Nations Headquarters in honour of the late Winfred ‘Winnie’ Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela. Full text...

  • Polish FM pays tribute to Rwanda genocide victims
    13 april 2018 20:09:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Foreign Minister of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, on Friday paid tribute to victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, located at Gisozi, a small hill overlooking Kigali city. Full text...

  • UDP wins Gambia’s local council election
    13 april 2018 19:57:37
    Banjul, The Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s biggest party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), has won Thursday's local council elections, claiming 62 of the 120 seats, election officials announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Polish foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, visits Rwanda
    13 april 2018 16:07:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Foreign Minister of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, visited Rwanda on Friday at the head of official Polish delegation to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, a diplomatic source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP calls for more efforts to attain peace in South Sudan, Somalia
    11 april 2018 22:01:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Kenya has called on the East African region to step up efforts to achieve peace and stability in South Sudan and Somalia. Full text...

  • Gambians vote in local council elections from Thursday
    11 april 2018 21:50:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambians begin two days of local council elections on Thursday with election of councillors and mayors scheduled for Thursday and Saturday respectively. Full text...

  • Electoral commissions in Africa commit to optimising benefits of technology
    11 april 2018 17:15:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Western and Southern African regions have pledged to leverage technological innovations to improve the credibility of electoral processes and enhance the sanctity of the ballot and integrity of electoral outcomes. Full text...

  • ECONEC presents findings of study on cost of elections
    11 april 2018 13:48:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three consultants commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) to conduct a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, presented their findings to the on-going Abuja International Conference on Wednesday, with the Lead Consultant, Prof. Adele Jinadu, advocating that elections should be considered as an investment with social benefits that will engender democracy and economic development. Full text...

  • Trump lifts Chad travel ban
    11 april 2018 10:01:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - President Donald J. Trump announced on Tuesday the lifting of travel restrictions for Chadian nationals following a period of review in which the Government of Chad improved their identity-management and information sharing practices, the UN Department of State announced. Full text...

  • Gambia political scientist says ‘Women, Youth should be empowered politically’
    10 april 2018 16:45:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political Scientist Ismaila Ceesay has said women and young people of the country should be empowered in the political arena to ensure national development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election assistance improving polls with integrity in West Africa
    10 april 2018 16:28:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A book on "A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa" has been unveiled in Abuja with an official of the German Development Agency, GIZ, which provided funding for the publication commending ECOWAS’ electoral assistance for adding value to elections in the region. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone EC thanks voters, international institutions for peaceful vote
    09 april 2018 20:02:50
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone says over 80 per cent of registered voters participated in the general elections elections held on 7 March as well as the presidential run-off on 31 March. Full text...

  • UK reaffirms support for Libyan national unity govt
    09 april 2018 19:30:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The British minister for Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on Monday reaffirmed his country’s support to the government of national accord and its efforts to reach global national reconciliation. Full text...

  • ECONEC President urges appropriate, cost effective use of technology in elections
    09 april 2018 19:07:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for “appropriate and cost-effective” use of technology to boost public confidence in the electoral process and for the protection of the sanctity and integrity of the ballot. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari to contest for second term
    09 april 2018 14:12:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a second term next year. Full text...

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