Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • Motlanthe elected SA President
    25 september 2008 13:21:00
    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...

  • Mbeki's resignation devastating - Mugabe
    25 september 2008 09:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday said the sudden departure of South African President Thabo Mbeki, who brokered a government-opposition power-sharing deal here, was 'devastating. Full text...

  • New SA President to be sworn in
    25 september 2008 07:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa was gearing up Thursday for the swearing in of acting President Kgalema Motlanthe and the announcement of his new Cabinet. Full text...

  • Major reactions to SA Cabinet resignations
    24 september 2008 08:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The fallout from President Thabo Mbeki's axing continues in South Africa following the resignation of 14 Cabinet Ministers which affected the markets and angered the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • AU sets deadline for Mauritania coup leaders
    23 september 2008 14:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has given the coup leaders in Mauritania a deadline of 6 October 2008 to restore the constitutional order in the country, through the unconditional restoration of President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. Full text...

  • SA Deputy President follows in Mbeki's steps
    23 september 2008 12:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has resigned as Deputy President of South Africa, her spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mbeki's resignation effective Thursday
    22 september 2008 14:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki's resignation will take affect on Thursday, according to Nathi Mthethwa, Chief Whip of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) who addressed the National Assembly on Monday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Mubarak discuss African development project
    22 september 2008 11:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi and President Hosni Mubarak, who arrived Saturday morning in Libya for a short visit, discussed a series of Arab and international issues, official Libyan sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • SA opposition hails Mbeki's 'dignified' exit
    22 september 2008 07:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has said the dignified way in which President Thabo Mbeki handled his exit gives hope that there will be some continuity in government between now and the next election. Full text...

  • Mbeki throws in the towel
    21 september 2008 19:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki on Sunday night confirmed that he had tendered his letter of resignation. Full text...

  • Mbeki withdraws from UN General Assembly meeting
    21 september 2008 09:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Following his dramatic axing as South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki has cancelled a scheduled trip to New York to address the General Assembly of the United Nations and launch an international 2010 World Cup project. Full text...

  • Major divisions in SA over Mbeki's axing
    21 september 2008 08:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has said the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee's decision to "recall" President Thabo Mbeki is motivated by revenge to settle political scores. Full text...

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