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  • Senegal: Gambia's construction consultants urge Jammeh to hand over power
    04 january 2017 16:33:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia Association of Construction Consultants on Wednesday urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • UN: Amid threat of renewed conflict in Libya, UN envoy urges restraint
    04 january 2017 16:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has expressed concern at escalating tensions and threat of renewed conflict following developments in central Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's president-elect calls for end to arbitrary arrests, media closure
    04 january 2017 14:29:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has called on outgoing government of president Yahya Jammeh to end arbitrary arrests and detentions and closure of media houses in the West African nation. Full text...

  • US: New UN boss announces decisions to improve UN 'effectiveness, efficiency'
    04 january 2017 13:16:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he has taken several decisions on his first working day in office to improve the world body's effectiveness and efficiency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections
    04 january 2017 09:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Uganda: Pall of uncertainty hangs on Uganda's political future
    04 january 2017 08:22:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - There is a collective sense of uncertainty in Uganda about what happens at the end of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s current tenure in 2021, according to long-standing opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian politician urges caution in use of military option in Gambia
    04 january 2017 07:07:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian politician is urging caution in the use of the military option in the Gambia saying such an action could threaten the entire sub-region. Full text...

  • UN: Antonio Guterres assumes duties, calls for teamwork
    03 january 2017 18:24:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday assumed duties at the UN headquarters in New York, with a call for teamwork and multilateralism to achieve UN objectives, as well as to promote global peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC chief executive concedes graft is rife in South Africa's ruling party
    03 january 2017 17:32:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday conceded that corruption within South Africa's ruling party has become rife and needs to be addressed. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania, India exempt visa for diplomatic/service passport holders
    03 january 2017 07:29:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Holders of diplomatic and official/service passports of Tanzania and India no longer require visa to travel to either of the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation announced in Dares Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes DR Congo political agreement
    03 january 2017 07:26:01
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the 31 December signing of an inclusive political compromise agreement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and opposition party leaders. Full text...

  • Gambia: President-elect responds to Jammeh's New Year message
    02 january 2017 19:48:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has responded to outgoing President Yahya Jammeh's New Year message, saying a national leader should speak for the people and the speech should inspire certainty and hope rather than promote uncertainty and despair. Full text...

  • Sudan: US congratulates Sudan on Independence Day
    02 january 2017 08:07:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US has congratulated the Sudanese people on the occasion of their national day, which fell on Sunday, expressing the hope that the year ahead would bring sustainable peace to the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Presidential election dominates Kenya's New Year celebrations
    01 january 2017 17:53:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The August 2017 presidential and general elections In Kenya is dominating discussions among Kenyans and featuring in activities marking New Year celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes signing of political agreement on DRC elections
    01 january 2017 15:55:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has welcomed the signing on Saturday in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the opposition and the Majorite presidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in the DRC and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. Full text...

  • UN: New UN chief pledges to make 2017 "a year for global peace"
    01 january 2017 14:59:47
    New York, US (PANA) - On his first day at the helm of the UN, the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday pledged to make 2017 a year for global peace. Full text...

  • Gambia: The Gambia, Jammeh and the proverbial bull in a China shop (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    01 january 2017 12:57:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia, a small West African country with some 1.9 million people is an agriculturally fertile land famous for tourism, especially its attractive beaches. But from 1994, the country became notorious under the repressive government of an army lieutenant who transmuted to a civilian President, through four controversial multi-party elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama says Ghanaians must be proud of 'successes'
    01 january 2017 12:35:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has said his country has every reason to be proud of its successes pointing out that together they have conceived and nurtured the nation's dreams of prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh says he is ready 'to defend' the Gambia
    01 january 2017 11:59:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says that he is ready to defend the country and will not step down despite pressure on him and appeals by national and the international community to hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir renews ceasefire with rebels for another month
    01 january 2017 11:32:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has renewed the unilateral ceasefire with rebels in the country by one month, in an attempt to create a conducive atmosphere for those carrying arms to join the peace process. Full text...

  • US: Ban bids farewell to staff, delegations at UN Headquarters
    31 december 2016 06:03:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bid farewell to staff and Permanent Representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, saying that though he had delivered many speeches over his decade in office, he had but two important words for those gathered to wish him well: “thank you.” Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses need for peaceful transfer of power in Gambia
    30 december 2016 07:03:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday reiterated the UN's commitment for a peaceful, timely, and orderly transfer of power in Gambia following the victory of Adam Barrow on 1 December in the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian government orders electoral office to resume work
    29 december 2016 17:35:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government has ordered staff of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to resume work immediately, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes new Somalia Federal Parliament
    29 december 2016 14:50:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of the new Federal Parliament of Somalia on 27 December and warmly congratulated the people of Somalia on the historic achievement in their quest for universal suffrage by 2020. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges to ensure peace in Guinea Bissau
    28 december 2016 19:57:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that as Chairman of ECOWAS Contact Group on Guinea Bissau, he will do his best to ensure that the country does not relapse into crisis. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates 10th parliament by swearing in 283 lawmakers
    28 december 2016 10:08:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's 10th Parliament was inaugurated on Tuesday in a ceremony that saw 283 members of the House take their oaths of office by placing their right hand on the Holy Quran. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl partners concerned over decisions of Somalia's leadership forum on electoral process
    27 december 2016 17:43:27
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Inauguration of the Federal Parliament of Somalia on Tuesday represented a step forward in the electoral process, international partners supporting the country's transition to democratic rule said in a joint statement. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian MP says president Jammeh's election petition justified
    27 december 2016 07:53:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A member of Gambia's ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party, Seedy Njie, says there is ample justification for the petition filed by President Yahaya Jammeh against the results of the 1 December election which he lost. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian president-elect Barrow establishes think-tank
    27 december 2016 07:25:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow says he has commissioned the establishment of a think-tank to ensure that the country realises its full potential when he assumes office next month. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC extends mandate of AUHIP, underscores restraint in DRC
    26 december 2016 16:45:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) for 12 months with effect from 1 January 2017, according to an official communiqué released here Monday. Full text...

  • US: Ban Ki-Moon leaves UN Headquarters on Friday
    26 december 2016 13:30:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave the UN Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 30 December. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian tycoon advises Jammeh to bow out of office
    23 december 2016 13:50:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian businessman Amadou Samba, a close confidant of President Yahya Jammeh, has advised the defeated head of state, to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community urges Somalia's IEDRM to uphold transparency in electoral process
    22 december 2016 15:07:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - For the sake of accountability, transparency and credibility, international partners have called upon the Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IEDRM) of Somalia to publicize public complaints about the ongoing electoral process and how it processed them. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lawmakers bruised in scuffles over elections law changes
    22 december 2016 11:50:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several Members of Parliament have been injured during an emergency sitting of Parliament in Nairobi on Thursday to change the election laws passed two months ago after months of street protests to unseat the Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • US: Ban urges political leaders to put country ahead of partisan considerations
    22 december 2016 06:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on DR Congo political leaders to place the interests of the country and its people above partisan considerations. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails peaceful, inclusive legislative elections in Cote d’Ivoire
    21 december 2016 20:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the Ivorian government and the people for last Sunday’s peaceful and inclusive legislative elections as well as the progress in the country since last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes AU recognition of Gambia's President-elect
    21 december 2016 20:43:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the African Union’s decision to recognize Adama Barrow as Gambia's President-elect and stressed the need for outgoing President Yayha Jammeh to transfer power to the President-Elect in peaceful and orderly manner. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's child rights body urges Jammeh to step down
    21 december 2016 16:16:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Child Protection Alliance (CPA) has called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to step down peacefully following his electoral defeat. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh says ECOWAS can go to hell
    21 december 2016 16:13:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has told a delegation of the African Bar Association that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can "go to hell", saying he will die for what he stands for and believe, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Guinea-Bissau leaders to resolve political crisis
    21 december 2016 14:31:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over the impact of a prolonged political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the country's leadership to work towards a long-lasting political solution to the crisis on the basis of a regional roadmap agreed in September this year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over DRC conflict
    21 december 2016 09:07:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy 'concerned' about wave of arrests, detentions in DR Congo
    21 december 2016 06:49:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed grave concern over the wave of arrests and arbitrary detention “of those who seek to express their political views” in the country over the past three days, and reiterated the necessity for all Congolese authorities to respect the rules of the country and ensure protection of free speech. Full text...

  • US: US condemns DR Congo violence; urges all sides to exercise restraint
    21 december 2016 06:35:43
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence that has occurred in the capital of DR Congo, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country since Monday and appealed to all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from statements or actions that could incite further violence. Full text...

  • Gambia: More Gambian Diplomats urge Jammeh to hand over power
    20 december 2016 14:52:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - More Gambian diplomats have called on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the outcome of the presidential election and facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to President-Elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • South Africa: Protestors clash with police at DRC embassy in Pretoria
    20 december 2016 12:37:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police on Tuesday used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse angry DR Congo protestors in Pretoria who were expressing outrage at President Joseph Kabila's continuous stay in office although his mandate ended on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US urges international community to stand by Libyan government
    20 december 2016 07:31:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - As the Libyan political agreement signed in Morocco enters its second year, the US is urging the international community to stand by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the next phase of the implementation of the agreement. Full text...

  • US: US says urgent action needed to end South Sudan conflict
    20 december 2016 07:15:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has stressed that it is imperative that all parties join together to forge a resolution and bring peace to the people of South Sudan as the bloody conflict in the country enter its fourth year. Full text...

  • US: Ban commends ECOWAS’ firm decision to stand by Gambian president-elect
    20 december 2016 06:47:41
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended decisions by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take all necessary actions to enforce the outcome of the presidential election in Gambia, guarantee the protection of President-elect Adama Barrow, and attend the new leader’s inauguration ceremony on 19 January 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair supports ECOWAS decision on transfer of power in Gambia
    19 december 2016 19:11:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Chairman, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad on Monday reaffirmed "the imperative need for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect of the Gambia, in line with the relevant provisions of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance." Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow again urges Jammeh to facilitate smooth power transfer
    19 december 2016 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has again urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to accept the election result in good faith and facilitate a smooth transfer of power. Full text...

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