Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • Mauritanian Diaspora rejects national dialogue
    25 december 2008 10:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An organisation of Mauritanians in the Dispora, Conscience and Resistance (CR), has rejected the forthcoming National Dialogue being organised by the country's military junta to help forge a political transition plan. Full text...

  • 2009 will be season of renewal for Nigeria - Yar'Adua
    25 december 2008 07:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua Thursday charged his compatriots to look forward to 2009 and beyond with great optimism and hope, despite the many challenges they have had to contend with. Full text...

  • Senegalese President denies son's succession plan
    23 december 2008 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has denied any plan to have his son, Karim Wade, succeed him as head of state, saying the Senegalese will have to choose his successor when the time comes. Full text...

  • Deposed Mauritanian leader freed from house arrest
    21 december 2008 10:33:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's military authorities have freed from house arrest former President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who was overthrown in a military coup on 6 August 2008, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition draws 'lessons' from Thailand
    03 december 2008 12:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress (AC), excited at Tuesday's Constitution Court ruling that brought down the government of Thailand over election fraud, has said there are lessons that the African nation can draw from the events in the Asian country. Full text...

  • Bar association chides Sierra Leone govt on land moratorium
    03 december 2008 11:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Lawyers in Sierra Leone have frowned at the government for putting an immediate freeze on all lease of both private and government land in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • US reaffirms support for Mauritania's ousted leader
    03 december 2008 07:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has called ousted Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdellahi to reaffirm U. Full text...

  • US wants real freedom for ousted Mauritanian leader
    19 november 2008 08:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA -- The United States has said ousted Mauritania President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdelalli remains in captivity despite his recent transfer from the capital Nouakchott to his village, and demanded his unconditional release. ) Full text...

  • EU envoys meet with Mauritanian strongman
    18 november 2008 11:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Ahead of the second round of political negotiations between the European Union and Mauritania on 20 November and following the transfer of ousted President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdellahi to his village, European Ambassadors accredited to Nouakchott have met with Gen. Full text...

  • Kadhafi backs Mauritanian junta
    16 november 2008 14:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Libyan leader, Moummar Kadhafi, has thrown his weight behind the military junta in Mauritania, the Mauritanian news agency reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritania's pro-democracy coalition denounces "arbitrary" arrests
    16 november 2008 14:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The National front for the defence of democracy (FNDD), composed of Mauritania's political parties backing ousted President Sidi Mohamed Ould Sheik Abdellahi, Sunday condemned the arrest of several of its members and accused the junta of witch-hunting pro-democracy activists, under the guise of investigating some alleged mismanagement. Full text...

  • Koroma renews trusts in sacked Aviation minister
    14 november 2008 23:19:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday renewed tr ust in Kemoh Sesay, who has been suspended as Minister of Transport and Aviation , over the mysterious landing in Freetown of a plane loaded with cocaine last Jun e . Full text...

  • I remain the only legitimate President of Mauritania - Abdallahi
    14 november 2008 10:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Deposed Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Cheikh A bdallahi has said he remains the ''only legitimate'' President of his country, d e spite his unconstitutional removal from office 6 August in a military coup. Full text...

  • Troika hands over Zimbabwe issue to full SADC summit
    28 october 2008 20:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An emergency summit of heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be held in the next week or two, follo w ing the failure of the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation t o break the deadlock over the formation of a new Zimbabwean government. Full text...

  • Benin needs US$ 2.4 million for its APRM plan
    26 october 2008 15:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin says it is seeking 1 billion CFA francs (about US$ 2. Full text...

  • Nigeria demands release of deposed Mauritanian leader
    20 october 2008 12:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has asked the military junta in Mauritania to immediately release former President Sidi Mohamed Sheik Abdullahi, who was toppled in a military coup on 6 August 2008, the private Guardian newspaper reported Monday, quoting the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Tijani Kaura. Full text...

  • AU ponders action against resisting Mauritania coup leaders
    09 october 2008 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In view of the lack of progress towards the restoration of constitutional order in Mauritania as demanded by the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) will, in due course, submit concrete proposals on the way forward, the Commission said here. Full text...

  • Workshop on better political transition planned for Mali
    09 october 2008 09:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The UN, in collaboration with other institutions, will organise in Bamako, Mali, 24-25 Nov. Full text...

  • Mo Ibrahim Index shows improved governance in sub-Sahara Africa
    06 october 2008 15:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Almost two-thirds of the countries in sub-Sahara African (31 out of 48), have recorded an improvement in governance performance, a ccording to an independent, African-led assessment report released here Monday. Full text...

  • WOZA calls for "immediate formation" of Zimbabwean government
    30 september 2008 12:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Members of a leading pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Monday took to the streets of Bulawayo demanding the "immediate formation" of a new government that will begin work on solving urgent social problems, according to a communique received by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • New SA president moves to allay concerns
    29 september 2008 10:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's new President Kgalema Motlanthe has vowed that his administration would fight crime, poverty and unemployment. Full text...

  • SA opposition salutes Motlanthe
    26 september 2008 12:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition political parties have generally welcomed the appointment of Kgalema Motlanthe as the country's new President. Full text...

  • Motlanthe elected SA President
    25 september 2008 15:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was elected as South Africa's next President on Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • Meet South Africa's new President
    25 september 2008 15:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe, who was elected Thursday, was born on 19 July 1949 in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, to a working class family. Full text...

  • Motlanthe elected SA President
    25 september 2008 14:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was elected as South Africa's next President on Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • Meet South Africa's new President
    25 september 2008 14:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe, who was elected Thursday, was born on 19 July 1949 in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, to a working class family. Full text...

  • Motlanthe elected SA President
    25 september 2008 14:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was elected as South Africa's next President on Thursday afternoon. Full text...

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