Politics - Governance
  • Togo president, religious leaders parley on Reconciliation Commission
    10 february 2009 18:16:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, Monday r eceived various religious leaders in the country, ahead of the establishment of t he Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Mauritania plans referendum on constitutional amendment
    09 february 2009 08:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A referendum on some amendments to the Mauritanian constitution has been slated for 20 June 2009, according to a statement from the Mauritanian home ministry. Full text...

  • Guinea's military leader suspends Finance Minister
    08 february 2009 13:42:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Capt. Full text...

  • CNDP changes into political party
    06 february 2009 12:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) has changed its statutes to become a political party under the leadership of Désiré Kamandji, a statement made available to PANA here said Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Senate votes in landmark constitution amendment
    05 february 2009 19:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The upper house (Senate) of parliment in Zimbabwe, tak ing a cue from the lower chamber, Thursday voted to amend the constitution to us h er in a coalition government in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe parliament amends constitution, coalition govt now legal
    05 february 2009 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's lower house of parliament Thursday overwhel mingly amended the constitution to create the post of prime minister, to be occu p ied by the country's main opposition leader in a new Kenya-style coalition gover n ment, expected to be formed shortly. Full text...

  • Parliament moves to legalize Zimbabwe coalition govt
    05 february 2009 10:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament meets here Thursday to amend the constitution which will usher in a coalition government, a day after rival poli t ical parties ironed out differences on the issue. Full text...

  • EU notes adoption of law on associations in Ethiopia
    04 february 2009 18:07:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has noted the adoption, by Ethiopi a, of a law on charity societies and associations, official European sources rep o rted in Brussels. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pledges to steer Africa to unity
    04 february 2009 15:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Chairman Muammar Kadhafi said he would utilize the wisdom of former and serving African leaders to steer Afric a towards the goal of unity during his tenure as chief of the AU assembly. Full text...

  • AU Commission blamed for failed deal on Africa's federal govt
    04 february 2009 13:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) --The African Union Commission (AUC) is to blame for the failure by African leaders to agree on the modalities for forming a Union Government at the end of their 12th summit here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe defers constitutional amendment
    04 february 2009 11:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Wrangling between the government and the opposition in Zimbabwe Wednesday held up the amendment of the constitution to usher in a coalition government, officials said. Full text...

  • African leaders deadlock over Union Govt
    04 february 2009 08:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Dumping an earlier agreement, African leaders meeting here on Wednesday failed to reach a consensus on the transformation of the African Union Commission (AUC) to the African Union Authority, as a first step towards the establishment of a Union Government. Full text...

  • Mozambique's Renamo insists on parallel municipal govts
    02 february 2009 21:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement, Renamo, Monday insisted on swearing into office, several of its candidates who were defeated in the 19 November municipal elections. Full text...

  • Ian Khama is guest of honour at Mauritius independence anniversary
    02 february 2009 12:41:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius(PANA) -- President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana will be the guest of honour at this year's Mauritius Independence Day on 12 March, the government said here. Full text...

  • Heads of state discuss formation of union government
    01 february 2009 14:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 12th summit of the African Union (AU) opened here on Sunday, with a special meeting behind closed doors on the setting up a union government. Full text...

  • Algerian president committed to democracy, human rights
    31 january 2009 18:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdeleziz Bouteflika announced here Friday that he was committed to democracy and observance of human rights, b ut conceded also that the two were a major stimulus for the bloody violence that has in the past rocked the northern African Islamic state. Full text...

  • Somalia's moderate opposition leader elected president (Corrected)
    31 january 2009 10:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's prominent opposition leader Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was elected the country's new President on Saturday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua pours encomium on late Nigerian Opposition leader
    30 january 2009 18:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-two years after the death of the former Premier o f the defunct Western Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, prominent Nigerians, inclu d ing President Umar Yar'Adua, have commended his (Awolowo's) contributions to nat i on building. Full text...

  • Burundi President drops FM in cabinet reshuffle
    30 january 2009 10:11:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Thursday dropped Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira in a mini cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Africa close to Union Government after years of debate
    29 january 2009 14:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders are expected to deal conclusively with the discussions regarding the formation of the Union Government during the i r meeting scheduled for Sunday which could see the birth of a federal government for Africa after more than half-a-century of debate. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition backtracks on power-sharing deal
    28 january 2009 11:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Hardly a day after agreeing to join government in a power-sharing deal, Zimbabwe's main opposition party Wednesday backtracked, saying regional mediators had not addressed its concerns. Full text...

  • Africa to toughen anti-coup stand
    27 january 2009 09:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders due to meet here next week are expected to brainstorm on the resurgence of military coups on the continent and propose new measures to extensively deal with individuals responsible for them, as a matter of urgency, a senior diplomat said here. Full text...

  • AU worries over stagnant peace efforts in Zimbabwe, Eritrea
    27 january 2009 09:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The lack of progress towards peace in Zimbabwe, Western Sahara and the Eritrean-Djiboutian border row, currently ranked among the fourth category of Africa's trouble spots, has drawn the attention of the African Union. Full text...

  • Two top security chiefs asked to proceed on leave
    27 january 2009 08:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- President John Evans Atta Mills has asked two top security chiefs to proceed on leave, a statement signed by Mr James Beebako-Mensah, Secretary to the President said on Monday. Full text...

  • 'Yar'Adua not travelling out of Nigeria during vacation'
    26 january 2009 13:36:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua will spend his two-week vacation, starting Monday (26Jan), in the country, ruling out speculations that he will use the vacation to seek medical attention abroad. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President goes on 2-week vacation
    23 january 2009 16:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua is due to proceed on a two-week vacation starting on Monday, 26 Jan. Full text...

  • Malawi investigates death of ex-presidential assistant
    22 january 2009 18:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi on Thursday launched a probe into the mysteriou s death of a top assistant to former President Bakili Muluzi, authorities have s a id. Full text...

  • Democratic governance improves in Africa, UNDP expert says
    21 january 2009 23:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Democratic governance in Africa has improved during the last two decades, with the number of armed conflicts shrinking from 35 to 12 whi l e military coups have reduced from 29 to 9, a UN official noted in Dakar on Tues d ay. Full text...

  • UNDP launches book on governance in Africa in Dakar
    21 january 2009 16:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A book entitled "Africa and the challenges of governance ", signed by 40 authors under the aegis of the UN Developpment Programme (UNDP), and prefaced by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, was made public Tuesday in D akar. Full text...

  • Mandela salutes Obama
    21 january 2009 07:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has hailed Barack Obama as a "new voice of hope" for the world and compared his inauguration as US president to South Africa's historic transition to democracy. Full text...

  • Obama performs first official act
    20 january 2009 20:04:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- President Barack Obama performed his first official act shortly after he was sworn into office Tuesday as the 44th President of the US, signing his cabinet nominations and the 'declaration of national renewal and reconciliation'. Full text...

  • Obama sworn in as 44th US President
    20 january 2009 17:40:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- Barack Obama has been sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States. Full text...

  • NEWS FLASH: Obama becomes 44th US President
    20 january 2009 17:35:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- Barack Obama has become the 44th President of the US. Full text...

  • Muhammed Ali attends Obama's inauguration
    20 january 2009 15:50:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- Boxing legend Muhammed Ali is one of the dignitaries attending Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Full text...

  • Kenya plans international conference to foster peace
    20 january 2009 10:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will next month host an international conference to discuss the East African nation's economic and political stability, which was seriously harmed by last year's post-election violence, Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced here Tuesday, during a breakfast meeting with journalists. Full text...

  • Cabinet reshuffle in Gabon
    15 january 2009 09:57:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong has announced a new, 48-member cabinet, with four ministers making their exit and eight new ones appointed. Full text...

  • 2 members of Guinean junta promoted
    12 january 2009 12:49:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The head of the ruling military junta in Guinea, Capt. Full text...

  • Guinean strongman sacks customs deputy head
    12 january 2009 12:42:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The leader of the ruling military junta in Guinea, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, has sacked the deputy head of the customs services, Aboubacar Bruno Bangoura, replacing him with Alpha Yaya Diallo, who was previously head of the Oil Office. Full text...

  • Guinean junta to AU: We'll hold elections in 6 months
    09 january 2009 13:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Guinean ruling junta has pledged to the African Union that it will hold presidential elections within the next six months and bring back the old constitution limiting the presidency to five years. Full text...

  • Mills names National Security Adviser
    08 january 2009 21:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- President John Evans Atta Mills has appointed retired Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah as his National Security Adviser, according to an official statement signed by Mahama Ayariga, Presidential Spokesperson. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition rejects outcome of national dialogue
    08 january 2009 14:59:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The leader of Mauritania's opposition Rally of Democratic Forces (RDF), Mr. Full text...

  • Mills sworn in as Ghana's President
    07 january 2009 15:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • President Koroma for Ghana presidential inauguration
    07 january 2009 09:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone is among African and world leaders who have arrived in Ghana to attend Wednesday's (7Jan) inauguration of Ghana's President-elect, John Evans Atta Mills. Full text...

  • Mugabe mulling unilateral government move - paper
    05 january 2009 13:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plans to form a new government without the opposition, a state run newspaper reported Monday, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Kenya's coalition govt. on bumpy stretch again
    02 january 2009 13:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) : Kenya's loose grand coaliti-on government is once again headed for a major clash between the main parties, following revelations here Thursday that President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) has opted to unilaterally spearhead transition at the discredited and disbanded Electoral Commission of Kenya. Full text...

  • UN envoy says Somalia faces leadership problem
    01 january 2009 08:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The ongoing instability in Somalia is the result of a vacuum of leadership in the country, according to a United Nations envoy, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. Full text...

  • Ethiopia plans law to limit foreign pro-democracy funding
    30 december 2008 09:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is planning a law to limit foreign funding for non-governmental organisations to less than 10 percent and lock out foreign organisations from funding pro-democracy activities. Full text...

  • AU upbeat on Somalia after president quits
    29 december 2008 13:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) appeared upbeat on a quick solution to the political deadlock in Somalia on Monday, hours after President Abdullahi Yusuf tendered his resignation to the speaker after four years at the helm. Full text...

  • Somali President resigns after international pressure
    29 december 2008 10:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf, long blamed for failing to offer strong political leadership to his war-torn country, resigned on Monday as earlier promised, owning up to his failure as a leader. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Somali President's resignation
    29 december 2008 09:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has welcomed Monday's resignation of Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf, saying it should allow for a faster implementation of the Djibouti peace accord on an expanded Somali government and Parliament. Full text...

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