Politics - Governance
  • Zimbabwe: 'Don't be afraid to name your successor,' Grace Mugabe tells 93-yr-old hubby
    29 july 2017 15:40:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, as she waded into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council mulls taking over administration in Libya
    21 july 2017 05:54:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A top Libyan politician, Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Hangari, has said that the United States and Russia, in cooperation with other members of the UN Security Council, are discussing a new resolution by the UN Security Council to take over the administration of Libya. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow says he inherited low-performing public service
    06 may 2017 18:38:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow says his government inherited many challenges, including a low-performing public service, lacking in accountability and credible policy direction. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges sustained democratic governance in Somalia
    10 february 2017 21:55:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the UN Security Council has stressed the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in the African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: Turkey welcomes transfer of power to Gambian President Barrow
    24 january 2017 16:26:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Turkey has welcomed President Adama Barrow's assumption to power as Gambia's leader following his victory in the December 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Senegal: Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia resigns
    24 january 2017 13:44:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia, Mr. Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, has resigned from his position and left the Gambia for his home country, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh finally relinquishes power in Gambia, goes into exile
    21 january 2017 06:35:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - After relinquishing power, there are indications that former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, will leave the country to make room for the country's new President, Adama Barrow, who took his oath of office on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, to return home. Full text...

  • Senegal: Civil Society Forum urges gov'ts to condemn Gambia's Jammeh
    20 january 2017 11:22:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has called on all governments to condemn the actions of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and transmit such statement to the Gambian embassies in their countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: More ministers quit Jammeh's govt
    17 january 2017 15:52:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Kolley, along with two other ministers have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition says no court injunction can stop Barrow's inauguration
    13 january 2017 15:58:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Lawyer Mai Fatty, a leading member of Gambia's opposition coalition, has said that no court injunction can prevent President-elect Adama Barrow's inauguration on 19 January. Full text...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Senegal: Gambia's university workers urge Jammeh to hand over power
    16 december 2016 13:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia University workers have called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's envoy in US urges Jammeh to hand over power
    15 december 2016 14:46:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's ambassador to the United States, Sheikh Omar Faye, has urged defeated President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to the president-elect, Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Senegal: US urges Gambian military to withdraw from electoral commission office
    14 december 2016 18:31:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States on Wednesday strongly urge Gambian security forces that entered the headquarters of the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Tuesday ''to withdraw, and not to threaten or intimidate'' members of the Commission. Full text...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Senegal: Former UN Prosecutor disappointed over Gambia's ICC withdrawal
    28 october 2016 13:09:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian-born former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR), Hassan Jallow, says he is dismayed and disappointed over his country's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana regrets South Africa's withdrawal from ICC
    27 october 2016 15:56:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Botswana's government has expressed regret over South Africa's withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU distances self from 'Travel Advisory' circulating on the internet
    06 october 2016 15:37:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday distanced itself from a satirical “travel advisory” that was quoted in several online publications this month, saying there are individuals or groups misinforming the public by sending incorrect statements in the name of the AU and making use of the logo or other symbols of the African Union to give credibility to their statements. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Progress in African governance held back by deterioration in safety, rule of law'
    04 october 2016 11:58:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched on Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, reveals that improvement in overall governance in Africa over the past ten years has been held back by a widespread deterioration in the category of Safety Full text...

  • Senegal: EU Parliamentary delegation concludes Gambia visit
    23 september 2016 14:29:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A delegation from the European Union (EU) parliament has concluded a working visit to the Gambia ahead of the country's December election, PANA reports Friday. 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...

  • 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...

  • UN: UN official tasks CAR leaders on inclusive, transparent govt
    09 july 2016 07:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous late on Friday in New York said Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national leaders demonstrate commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and address the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS new chair outlines plans
    22 june 2016 15:41:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has outlined her plans for the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: VP Osinbajo to act as President Buhari goes to London for medical treatment
    06 june 2016 13:14:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is to act as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the period President Muhammadu Buhari will be away in London for medical treatment. Full text...

  • South Sudan: AU welcomes South Sudan transitional govt. of unity
    01 may 2016 19:40:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the formation of a new transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, calling it a positive step toward peace in the African nation. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities launch local government system for Libya's stabilisation
    20 april 2016 13:24:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new authorities in Libya have introduced a local government administration system aimed at stabilizing the north African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kofi Annan urges African leaders to leave office when time is up
    19 april 2016 13:40:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Tuesday urged African leaders to leave when their mandated time is up and avoid excluding opposing voices if elections are to cease contributing to conflicts on the continent. Full text...

  • Senegal: African states urged to embrace Peer Review Mechanism
    06 april 2016 15:26:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), has called on governments to embrace the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a statement from the AU obtained by PANA revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to address EU parliament
    27 january 2016 23:41:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is to address a special session of the European Union (EU) parliament and European Commission next Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA salutes Ghana's President, others on UN appointment
    20 january 2016 12:54:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has congratulated Ghana's President, John Dramani Mahama, on his appointment by the UN Secretary General as co-chair for a group of eminent advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities delay unveiling members of the coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 12:19:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan national coalition government has delayed, by 48 hours, the unveiling of the list of members of national unity government, saying it needed time to complete other procedures related to the announcement. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Composition of new Ivorian government
    12 january 2016 15:36:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Ivorian presidency, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, on Tuesday made public the composition of the new Ivorian government which includes 36 ministers. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kaboré orders audit of transition management
    11 january 2016 15:49:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso on Monday ordered an audit of the activities of members of the country's transition committee, who were in power for 13 months following the overthrow of President Blaise Compaoré. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League calls for quick formation of Libyan coalition govt.
    11 january 2016 13:52:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Council of Arab League States has called for the quick completion of the formation of the national coalition government in Libya, within the framework of the deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, "so that it can immediately assume its responsibilities". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: New Burkina Faso PM promises popular govt.
    08 january 2016 13:50:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Appointed on Wednesday evening, the Burkinabe Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba, has pledged to form a government that will meet the expectations of the people. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sacked minister regains post in Gambia
    06 january 2016 13:25:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has reappointed Mr. Ismaila Sanyang to his former post of Minister of Agriculture, eight days after sacking him in a minor cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Mauritius:Mauritius wages war on grand corruption
    02 december 2015 15:07:35
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament Wednesday that the aim of the Good Governance and Integrity Reporting Bill, introduced a month ago in the House, is to check accumulation of wealth through backdoor mechanisms and thus preventing unscrupulous persons from distorting the playing field, particularly in the property market. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Good Governance and Integrity Reporting Bill introduced in Parliament
    27 october 2015 11:55:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms Minister, Roshi Bhadain, on Tuesday introduced the Good Governance and Integrity Reporting Bill in Parliament whose main objective is to promote a culture of good governance and integrity reporting in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda maintains 11th position on 2015 Mo Ibrahim governance scale
    05 october 2015 18:04:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda maintained its 11th position on the Mo Ibrahim Index of African governance for 2015 with a score of 60.7 per cent compared to last year's score of 60.4 per cent, but reaching its highest ever score since 2011, said an official statement made available Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ousted president Kafando back in power
    23 september 2015 15:05:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso’s interim president, Michel Kafando, ousted in a coup d'etat on 17 Sept. 2015, is back in the saddle, preparing grounds for the country’s democratic transition. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says coupists must not repress protesters in Burkina Faso
    18 september 2015 15:25:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) has said that Burkina Faso’s Presidential Guard must stop using lethal force, beatings and other violence to repress protests following the military seizure of power in that country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 'Accountability, good governance key to promoting democracy'
    26 august 2015 20:49:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A senior official of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said bad governance and corruption have been key impediments to Africa’s development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya hosts APRM extraordinary Summit
    25 august 2015 18:14:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya will host an extraordinary Heads of State summit of the African Union’s (AU) governance platform, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on 11 Sept. 2015, to discuss a more robust fight against corruption and plan new financing mechanisms, it was officially announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Governing Councils of Federal Universities not yet dissolved, says Presidency
    01 august 2015 11:13:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved that the Governing Councils of Federal Universities be exempted, for the time being, from the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions and Government-Owned Companies announced on 16 July, 2015. Full text...

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