Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • ANC recalls SA President Thabo Mbeki
    20 september 2008 12:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The National Executive Committee (NEC) of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has decided to recall President Thabo Mbeki, over his perceived role in the corruption case against ANC leader Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans living in Botswana express mixed feelings on power deal
    19 september 2008 13:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Zimbabweans residing in Botswana and some Batswana have expressed mixed feelings about the power-sharing deal signed this week between President Robert Mugabe and two opposition leaders to end the country's long-drawn political crisis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe leaders meet to parcel out cabinet posts
    18 september 2008 09:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three days after signing a power-sharing deal, Zimbabwe's former rival political leaders were due to meet Thursday to parcel out ministerial cabinet positions in a government of national unity. Full text...

  • Nigeria creates Niger Delta ministry to push development in oil region
    10 september 2008 20:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has created the Niger Delta Ministry in the first move of its kind aimed at fast-tracking the development of the oil-producing Niger Delta region and quelling the spiralling violence there. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua decorates newly-appointed military chiefs
    08 september 2008 16:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Back-to-work Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua Monday decorated the newly-appointed Service Chiefs and Chief of Defence Staff with their new ranks, in one of his first acts since returning from a long and controversial trip to Saudi Arabia Saturday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua back at work
    08 september 2008 12:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- His health condition still a subject of intense media speculations, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua was back at his desk in the presidential villa Monday, two days after he returned from a prolonged trip to Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Gnassingbe appoints new PM
    08 september 2008 11:27:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo has appointed a new Prime Minister, Gilbert Fessoun Houngbo, succeeding Komlan Mally who resigned on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President returns
    06 september 2008 09:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose health condition has become a source of worry for his compatriots in recent times, returned to the country early Saturday, 17 days after he supposedly left for lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President 'undergoes kidney transplant'
    31 august 2008 10:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose health has bee n of concern since he was sworn in to office 29 May 2007, has undergone a kidney transplant in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, the private Leadership newspaper repor t ed Sunday. Full text...

  • Deal signed to end squabbles in Somalia's transitional government
    26 august 2008 12:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Top leaders of Somalia Tuesday signed a reconciliation agreement here to end a period of discord that nearly dismantled the country's transitional federal government (TFG) under President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. Full text...

  • Nigeria's presidency explains changes in military command structure
    24 august 2008 11:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian presidency has explained that the changes in the command structure of the country's armed forces, which were announced during the past week, were not due to any perceived threat to the administration as being speculated in the media. Full text...

  • 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...

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