Politics - Governance
  • Nigeria's President removes top military chiefs
    21 august 2008 09:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has removed the country's top military chief, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Full text...

  • Nigeria's president scraps office of Chief of Staff
    18 august 2008 18:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar?Adua has abolished the Off ice of the Chief of Staff to the President and relieved all political appointees in the office of their appointments, a statement from the presidency said Monday . Full text...

  • Nigeria's president scraps office of Chief of Staff
    18 august 2008 18:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has abolished the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President and relieved all political appointees in the office of their appointments, a statement from the presidency said Monday. Full text...

  • UN scribe expresses concern over Guinea Bissau
    12 august 2008 10:37:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the mounting political and security tensions in Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • SA condemns Mauritania coup
    07 august 2008 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has joined the international community in condemning the military coup in Mauritania Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU urged to take firm action against Mauritania coup makers
    07 august 2008 09:29:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – A Ghanaian political scienti-st has urged the African Union (AU) to take a "firm and decisive" action against Mauritanian army generals who seized power in the West African country on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian govt toppled
    06 august 2008 19:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The democratically-elected government of Mauritania has been toppled in a coup by the country's military, according to the state media. Full text...

  • Police question sacked Sierra Leonean Minister
    06 august 2008 08:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The police in Sierra Lene have questioned the country's sacked Transport and Aviation Minister Kemoh Sesay over the landing in the country of a Venezuelan plane that was carrying 703kg of cocaine 13 July. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition supports calls on govt to resign
    30 june 2008 11:26:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A new opposition movement of Mauritanians in the Diaspora, Conscience and Resistance (CR) movement, has expressed its "full" support for moves to ensure the resignation of the government. Full text...

  • World Bank says Africa making rapid progress in governance
    25 june 2008 18:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Governments of many developing country are making important gains in the fight against corruption and some of them are matching r i ch country performance in overall governance measures, according to this year's u pdated version of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) compiled by World Ba n k researchers. Full text...

  • 'Yar'Adua's approval rating falls'
    01 june 2008 09:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The approval rating of Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adu a has fallen from 79% nine months ago to 48% now, according to an opinion poll b y the private Guardian newspaper, published Sunday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua's chief of staff quits
    29 may 2008 15:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has accepted the resignation of his Chief of Staff, retired Maj. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's Pires wary about United States of Africa
    28 may 2008 08:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cape Verdian President Pedro Pires has called for a "more careful" approach towards the establishment of a Union Government for Africa. Full text...

  • Kigali to host pan-African forum on good governance
    26 may 2008 07:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 50 delegates from five East African countries will meet on 30 May in Kigali, Rwanda, for a two-day regional conference aimed at discussing the ratification of the African Charter on democracy, good governance and elections, a reliable source here told PANA on Sunday. Full text...

  • Guinea drops Lansana Kouyate as PM
    21 may 2008 10:22:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conté has appointed former Mining Minister Ahmed Tidjane Souaré as Prime Minister, replacing Lansana Kouyaté. Full text...

  • Opposition slams choice of foreign media for Yar'Adua's health revelation
    20 may 2008 10:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's most vocal opposition party, the Action Congress (AC), Tuesday slammed the administration of President Umaru Yar'Adua for opting to reveal the intricate details of his recurring health problems through a foreign media organisation. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone opposition rebukes govt over food crisis
    11 may 2008 09:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) Secretary General, Jacob Jusu Saffa, has accused the Sierra Leonean government of doing nothing to address the current soaring cost of living and food crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania gets new coalition of parties
    21 april 2008 10:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 30 political parties in the ruling presidential majority in Mauritania have decided to form a new coalition to uphold the democratic achievements of President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi's regime, according to a statement released to PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Cabinet deadlock: Kenyan ministers resolve not to harass president
    08 april 2008 23:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A parliamentary group meeting of the Kenya's ruling Part y of National Unity (PNU) has resolved that it would leave the responsibility of constituting the cabinet to President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Od i nga to head off an imminent constitutional crisis and relapse into violence. Full text...

  • Cabinet deadlock: Kenyan ministers resolve not to harass president
    08 april 2008 20:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A parliamentary group meeting of the Kenya's ruling Part y of National Unity (PNU) has resolved that it would leave the responsibility of constituting the cabinet to President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Od i nga to head off an imminent constitutional crisis and relapse into violence. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts on new power-sharing cabinet for Kenya
    01 april 2008 10:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki came under immense pressure to name a new cabinet on Tuesday, as the civil society held street protests to urge the Kenyan leader to dissolve his partial cabinet and form a lean, power-sharing cabinet. Full text...

  • Two former cabinet members arrested in Cameroon
    31 march 2008 14:11:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The police in Cameroon Monday arrested two former Ministers on alleged graft charges, police sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kenyan President, opposition leader still deadlocked over cabinet composition
    28 march 2008 18:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and his opposition rival R aila Odinga failed here Friday for the second time this week, to break the deadl o ck over the composition and structure of a coalition government, which was the f i nal step towards national reconciliation following last December controversial presidential poll outcome. Full text...

  • Kenya govt. says power sharing will not spread to public service job
    10 march 2008 15:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) The recently--signed, power-sharing deal between the government and opposition does not affect senior positions in the civil service, the judiciary and state corporations, Kenya's head of civil service and secretary to the cabinet, Mr. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kibaki, Odinga hold first meeting since agreeing to work together
    04 march 2008 17:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The chief protagonists in the Kenya's post-election disp ute, President Mwai Kibaki, and opposition leader Raila Odinga held their first c onsultative meeting here Tuesday since signing an accord last week to form a gra n d coalition government. Full text...

  • Morocco to host forum on African governance Monday
    22 february 2008 14:49:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The African Training and Research Centre in Administrati on for Development (CAFRAD) will organise a conference on governance and adminis t rative reform in Africa. Full text...

  • UNDP, DRC sign governance programme
    15 february 2008 23:26:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government and the United Nations Deve lopment Programme (UNDP) on Thursday signed a governance programme in Kinshasa a m ounting to about 390 million US dollars, according to official sources in Kinsha s a. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's govt. continues purge of pro-opposition officials
    04 february 2008 08:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The government of Sierra Leone has asked five top government officials to proceed on leave, in what is widely believed to be a move to remove them from office in continuation of the purge of officials perceived to be strong supporters of the last administration, the local press reported. Full text...

  • SPLM must lead in demanding CPA's full implementation, says Kiir
    18 january 2008 12:48:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The First Vice President of Sudan, Salva Kiir, has underscored the necessity for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to demand the "full implementation" of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed 9 January 2005 in Sudan, according to the Juba-based Citizen newspaper. Full text...

  • 'Who speaks for Nigerian President?'
    08 january 2008 12:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A disagreement between the Nigerian government and the opposition has raised a critical question of who speaks for President Umaru Yar'Adua between his Special Adviser on Communication and his Minister of Justice and Attorney-General (AGF). Full text...

  • Mauritanian President commends political progress in his country
    28 november 2007 13:23:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi has commended "the giant strides" recorded in the Mauritanian political sphere in the past months. Full text...

  • Mali applies for peer review
    01 november 2007 20:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The government of Mali has applied to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) for the review of its democratic, political, economic and socio-economic development and corporate governance, Malian Prime Minister Modibo Sibé said in Bamako on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone President replaces more key officials
    29 october 2007 09:13:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma has fired the country's anti graft Commissioner, Prof. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan to name "Mo Ibrahim" prize winner Monday
    20 october 2007 13:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will Monday in London announce the first winner of the "Mo Ibrahim" Prize rewarding the leadership efforts of an African Head of State or Government, a statement issued by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone opposition supporters warn Tejan Kabbah
    12 october 2007 12:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Former President of Sierra Leone, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who retired after two five-year terms under the banner of the Sierra Leone Peoples party (SLPP), has been warned by angry supporters of the party to hands off its (SLPP) affairs. Full text...

  • Niger President vows to quit power in 2009
    06 october 2007 19:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Niger's president Mamadou Tandja, vowed to quit power in 2009 at the end of his second term, according to an interview published Saturday in the French daily ' Le Monde'. Full text...

  • Opposition SLPP slams travel restriction in Sierra Leone
    05 october 2007 13:07:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The defeated Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has reacted angrily to a recent travel restriction announced by the newly-elected All People's Congress (APC)-led government, describing it as a throwback to years of APC's "misrule'. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso claims leadership in local governance in Africa
    24 september 2007 14:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Junior Minister in charge of Local Governance in Burkina Faso, Soungalo Ouattara, Monday in Paris said his country's sound experience in local governance had made it a pioneer in Africa. Full text...

  • Ex-Nigeria leader slams public officials over poor performance
    24 september 2007 08:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military leader who handed power to an elected civilian President in 1999 in Nigeria has slammed the country's elected officials for failing to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. Full text...

  • Japan encourages Sierra Leoneans to pursue peace, stability
    20 september 2007 08:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Japan which chairs the UN Peacebuilding Commission, has extended congratulations to Ernest Bai Koroma on his election as new President of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Smooth transition committee formed in Sierra Leone
    16 september 2007 18:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some concerned Sierra Leoneans have formed themselves into a committee to work for a smooth political transition in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Peer review of Nigeria begins
    25 july 2007 06:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria comes under the se-archlight of fellow African nations from Wednesday (today), when it hosts a mission of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) from the APR secretariat in South Africa. Full text...

  • Regional meeting demands constitutional rule in Anjouan
    20 june 2007 09:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unless the internationally recognised Union authority of the Comoros is unconditionally restored on Anjouan Island, the Indian Ocean archipelago could be headed for a more serious conflict than the present wrangle over presidential polls. Full text...

  • New govt sets priorities in Mauritania
    30 may 2007 19:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania's new p-resident, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, Wednesday gave prime minister Zeine Ould Zeidane a letter of mission, outlining priorities of the post- transition government, official sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • Ould Daddah denounces military's political clout
    22 may 2007 14:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Ahmed Ould Daddah, who lost the runoff in last March's presidential election in Mauritania, has denounced the "political role" stillbeing played by some former members of the Military Council for Justice and Democracy (CMJD), the junta that ruled the country for the transitional period from August 2005 to April 2007. Full text...

  • Mauritania to enforce wealth declaration law
    03 may 2007 13:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- It is now mandatory for members of the Mauritanian government to declare their personal wealth, Prime Minister Zeine Ould Zeidane, announced here late Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau gets new Prime Minister
    10 april 2007 09:55:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- President Nino Vieira of Guinea-Bissau appointed Martinho Ndafa Kabi as Prime Minister on Monday to replace Aristides Gomes, who resigned on 29 March following a vote of no confidence in his leadership ten days earlier by Parliament an official source told PANA. Full text...

  • Opposition MPs give Guinea-Bissau govt thumbs down
    19 march 2007 20:25:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- MPs of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), the Social Renovation Party (PRS) and the Social Democratic Party (PUSD) on Monday voted no confidence in the government of Guinea Bissau. Full text...

  • Burkinabe opposition laments "political nomadism"
    13 march 2007 21:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) – Political defec-tions, or "political nomadism" is deeply rooted in the Burkinabe politics and has constantly been used to weaken democratic rule in the west African country, an opposition party charged here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mugabe expresses willingness to stand for 2008 elections
    10 march 2007 09:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has reiterated his determination to run for re-election for the sixth consecutive term in 2008 during Parliamentary and presidential elections to be held simultaneously next year. Full text...

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