Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • Former Congolese minister sues for good governance in Africa
    05 march 2007 11:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) - – Power should be exercised only to ensure political governance that guarantees peace and stability, which African countries must experience, according to former Congolese Oil minister, Benoît Koukébéné. Full text...

  • UN official says APRM can improve governance systems in Africa
    20 february 2007 10:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Experiences from countries taking part in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) have shown that the process can deepen and reinforce citizens' confidence in the effectiveness and fairness of their governance system, a senior UN official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfDB Corporate Governance Strategy meeting underway in Tunis
    08 december 2006 14:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day African Development Bank (AfDB) first consultative meeting of stakeholders and development partners on Corporate Governance in Africa, opened in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday. Full text...

  • African leaders to share experiences on governance
    05 december 2006 10:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- More than 50 decision-makers from across Africa are to meet here next week at a Regional Forum on how to reinforce citizen trust in governments. Full text...

  • Togo's Gnassingbe urges consensus on good governance concept
    17 november 2006 10:55:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, who is taking part in the European Development Days activities underway in the Belgian capital, has described as "confusing" the concept of good governance used by some stakeholders. Full text...

  • Can US$5 million Prize cure kleptomania in African leaders?
    30 october 2006 14:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former American Congressman John Brademas of Indiana once defined leadership as: "Competence and character or their synonyms - intelligence and integrity. Full text...

  • Foundation to reward African leaders for good governance
    26 october 2006 14:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Any African leader adjudged to be most effective in tackling development challenges by improving the welfare of his/her people and consolidating the foundations for sustainable development, is to receive a US$5 million prize under an initiative by an African businessman, launched Thursday. Full text...

  • EAEC good governance conference for Kigali Monday
    11 august 2006 14:17:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) – A regional conference on g-ood governance in East Africa will convene in Kigali on Monday, according to the Local Government, Good Governance and Social Affairs ministry in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Somali transitional govt suffers woes
    27 july 2006 20:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's interim government showed signs of disintegration Thursday after 20 ministers resigned in protest, accusing the transitional government of failing to restore peace to their war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo charges peers to move Africa forward
    25 july 2006 16:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged African leaders to work together in truth and honesty to move the continent out of deprivation, poverty and corruption. Full text...

  • EU props good governance, civil society in Mauritania
    21 july 2006 13:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement worth 4. Full text...

  • South African officials to host APRM delegation
    18 july 2006 12:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Officials of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province will Wednesday host a team from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Durban, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somali interim govt pushes reconciliation plan
    07 july 2006 08:38:00
    Baidoa- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali interim government has appointed Mohamoud Mohamed Aden (Barbaar) as new governor for the Bay Region in central Somalia as part of its reconciliation and peace-building efforts, UN officials said here Friday. Full text...

  • Achebe urges Nigerians to rise against dictatorships
    27 june 2006 21:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – World--renowned Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe has challenged his compatriots to rise against dictatorships, warning that Africa's most populous nation was still dogged by the problem of leadership. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts symposium on governance
    25 june 2006 15:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium on the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers opened here Wednesday under the aegis of the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Full text...

  • Church leaders meet Mugabe over economic crisis
    26 may 2006 14:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A group of local church leaders in Zimbabwe, alarmed at the deteriorating economic situation in the country, Friday met President Robert Mugabe for private talks amid growing domestic and international calls for him to step down. Full text...

  • Nigerian right activist alarms "new coups" in Africa
    12 may 2006 18:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – A leading Nigerian human r-ights activist, Bukhari Bello Friday called for an end to "new constitutional coups" in Africa. Full text...

  • APRM gains momentum at Kigali Africa governance Forum
    11 may 2006 20:03:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Sixth Africa Governance Forum (AGF VI) ended here Thursday with African leaders and other delegates reaffirming African ownership, management and leadership of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), while recommending key improvements. Full text...

  • Kigali Forum examines democratic governance in Africa
    10 may 2006 14:32:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an innovative plan that enables African countries to evaluate each other's progress on democratic governance is in the spotlight at the Sixth Africa Governance Forum, under way here. Full text...

  • Compaore off to African good governance forum
    10 may 2006 10:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore left here Wednesday for Kigali, Rwanda to attend the sixth African forum on good governance and democracy, a statement from the presidency announced. Full text...

  • Kibaki praises African Parliaments for asserting authority
    08 may 2006 18:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African lawmakers have performed extremely well in asserting Parliamentary authority as the supreme organ of sovereign states across the continent, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has observed at the opening of Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) talks here. Full text...

  • 32 African countries to assess APRM at Kigali Governance Forum
    06 may 2006 12:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 300 representatives from 32 African countries are to meet in Kigali the Rwandan capital 9-11 May for a forum on implementing the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a NEPAD instrument for nations on the continent to evaluate one another's performance on democratic governance. Full text...

  • Mauritanian leader renews anti-corruption vow
    22 april 2006 17:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian head of state Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall has reiterated the military government's intention to curb corruption and embezzlement of public funds that have plagued the country. Full text...

  • Ministers discuss draft Charter on governance in Africa
    06 april 2006 14:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's quest for democracy and good governance is not an externally driven agenda to please outsiders, as cynics would argue, Ethiopia's Supreme Court President Kemal Bedri said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Paul Biya's anti-corruption drive gains support
    28 february 2006 17:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Many officials and members of the ruling Cameroonian People Democratic Rally (RDPC) have sent open letters to President Paul Biya, urging him to continue dealing firmly with government officials accused of embezzling public funds. Full text...

  • South Africans hold APRM Consultative Conference
    19 december 2005 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African artists, culture activists, indigenous knowledge and heritage practitioners separately expressed their views on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), and assessed South Africa's progress in the adoption of good policies, standards and practices impact the cultural sector and the economy. Full text...

  • Africa yearns for credible public service, says AU official
    14 december 2005 15:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Though the African Union (AU) prioritises good governance in public service, regional institutions and the public administration in general were yet to demonstrate substantial contribution to the attainment of this vision, according to a senior official of the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Obasanjo aide scoffs at comparison with Abacha govt
    29 november 2005 15:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's critics have hit a raw nerve by comparing his government with that of the late Nigerian military dictator, General Sani Abacha. Full text...

  • Mali holds national APRM consultation in Bamako
    17 november 2005 11:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Ahead of the sixth Forum on governance in Africa slated for Kigali in Rwanda in mid-December, Bamako has been hosting since Wednesday a national consultation on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Full text...

  • US won't work with corrupt Liberian govt - Envoy
    08 november 2005 18:37:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- United States ambassador to Liberia, Donald Booth, reiterated here Tuesday that his government has no preference for any candidate in the on-going Liberian election, but America would not work with any corrupt government that emerges from the poll. Full text...

  • Opposition cites political uncertainties in South Africa
    22 october 2005 17:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition the Democratic Alliance on Saturday expressed concern at the current squabble between President Thabo Mbeki and former deputy president Jacob Zuma, charging that the fight is affecting the performance of the government at every level. Full text...

  • AU, Francophonie organisation sue for good governance in Africa
    04 october 2005 07:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Constitutions of African countries should not serve the personal whims of sitting presidents, but should promote transparent and accountable governance, a joint conference by the African Union and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF), has urged. Full text...

  • Tanzanian president urges governance reforms in Africa
    24 august 2005 22:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As Benjamin William Mkapa ends ten years as president of Tanzania, he has launched a campaign for reforms in African governance, saying it should focus on the continent's core problems devoid of colonial influences. Full text...

  • Ex-Zimbabwe minister Moyo tells Mugabe to quit
    15 july 2005 18:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's controversial former minister of information, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Friday launched a scathing attack on President Robert Mugabe, blaming him for the country's current economic crisis, and urging him to resign for the national good. Full text...

  • Ex-Senegalese premier vows never to challenge Wade
    14 july 2005 22:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Senegalese Prime Minister Idrissa Seck on Thursday stated here that he would never stand against incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade in any presidential election. Full text...

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