Politics - Governance
  • Libya's NTC to set up national consensus govt in 2 weeks
    26 october 2011 15:09:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Talks aimed at setting up a national consensus government to manage Libya's transition period are continuing, the NTC leader, Mustapha Abdeljelil, said, indicating that the new administration would be established not later than two weeks. Full text...

  • Africa has turned the bend - Jonathan
    26 october 2011 12:23:18
    Perth, Australia (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday x-rayed the outlook for Africa and said with the positive trend of improved political governance and stability in the continent, the accelerated diversification of its economies and the growth of the middle class, “Africa has turned the bend.” Full text...

  • Nigeria's President dissolves boards of govt agencies, parastatals
    20 october 2011 08:01:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the dissolution of the boards of federal government agencies and parastatals. Full text...

  • Ivorian president urges ministers to get down to work
    12 october 2011 13:23:57
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Insisting that public officials must get down to work, the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, Tuesday urged his ministers to strengthen social cohesion in a bid to improve governance and the quality of life for Ivorians, affected by the post-electoral crisis, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Ex-Cape Verde leader, Pires, wins Mo Ibrahim award for good governance
    10 october 2011 13:30:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The immediate past President of Cape Verde, Mr. Pedro Pires, was on Monday named winner of this year's Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance in Africa Full text...

  • Egypt's Military Council renews pledge to protect citizens, land
    06 october 2011 17:21:51
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt’s interim ruling Military Council renewed its pledge, through a message on its Facebook page, to protect and sacrifice itself for the safety of precious Egyptian land and people. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities extend NTC mandate, reshuffle temporary cabinet
    03 october 2011 19:26:47
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The new Libyan authorities have extended the mandate of the Executive Committee (the national transitional government), carrying out a cabinet reshuffle while awaiting the total liberation of the country, Mustapha Abdeljelil, president of the National Transition Council (NTC) announced Monday in Benghazi, 1,050 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Nigeria at 51: We have fallen short, says opposition ACN
    02 october 2011 17:09:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said that Nigeria at 51 has so far failed to realise the dream of its founding fathers, and therefore there is little or nothing to celebrate on the 51st independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Scholar questions African electoral, governance systems
    01 october 2011 18:27:59
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  • Outgoing President Banda bids farewell to Zambians
    23 september 2011 11:25:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - In a rare feat by an African leader, Zambia’s outgoing President Rupiah Banda on Friday admitted his party's loss to the opposition in Tuesday's elections, bid his compatriots farewell and congratulated President-elect Michael Sata on his victory. Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders urged to strengthen civil society
    21 september 2011 21:46:13
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  • Controversial Secrecy Bill on hold in South Africa
    20 september 2011 08:13:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa on Monday put the "controversial" Secrecy Bill on hold, but denied it did so as a result of deep divisions within its ranks, according to ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga. Full text...

  • Egypt outlines emergency law measures
    15 september 2011 10:20:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has given more details of the emergency measures it recently activated to deal with worsening violence from incessant protests, saying for example that all thuggery cases will be transferred to the State Security Court instead of military courts. Full text...

  • Jonathan sacks NDDC board, management in Nigeria
    13 september 2011 19:15:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday dissolved the board and sacked the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC). Full text...

  • Libya: NTC to set up broad consensus govt. soon.
    12 september 2011 13:27:31
    Tripoli, Libya, (PANA) – A government of broad consensus will be formed in Libya within 10 days, Djibril Mahmoud, secretary of the executive committee of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), announced here Sunday. Full text...

  • Mutharika's estranged deputy 'unmoved' by Malawi cabinet snub
    08 september 2011 15:14:41
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's Vice-President has said she is neither moved nor surprised by President Bingu wa Mutharika's decision not to include her in his new cabinet. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party chair stirs hornet's nest with comments
    08 september 2011 09:38:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Interim chair of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kawu Baraje, has stirred the hornet's nest with his comment that the party will rule Nigeria forever. Full text...

  • Mutharika declares "war" as 20 July dialogue begins in Malawi
    25 august 2011 20:44:49
    Blantyre , Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika Thursday literally declared 'war' on civil society, the church and the opposition as the United Nations-brokered dialogue to resolve demands emanating from the 20 July violent anti-government demonstrations began in the capital, Lilongwe. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria sliding dangerously towards anarchy, imperial presidency'
    24 august 2011 11:31:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most vocal opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has warned that the country is tottering on the brink of anarchy and imperial presidency, as the action taken by President Goodluck Jonathan on the current judicial crisis in the country "has exposed his true colour". Full text...

  • Nigerian govt set to downsize parastatals, agencies
    18 august 2011 13:28:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday kick-started the process of pruning down the more than 400 federal government parastatals and agencies, as it inaugurated the Committee on the Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals and Agencies. Full text...

  • UN Security Council tasks Somali groups on governance
    16 august 2011 14:22:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday stressed the need for all Somali groups to participate in next month’s consultative meeting convened to seek agreement on a roadmap on key priorities to be implemented over the next year by the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs). Full text...

  • Nigerians urged to send Facebook messages to Jonathan over education right judgment
    14 august 2011 10:44:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has appealed to Nigerians at home and abroad to send Facebook and Twitter messages to President Goodluck Jonathan to “urge and encourage him to fully implement the ECOWAS Court judgment requiring the government to provide, as of right, free, quality, and compulsory basic education to every Nigerian child.” Full text...

  • Gbagbo allies ask AU to press for his release
    12 august 2011 23:20:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A coalition of pro-Gbagbo parties in Cote d'Ivoire have asked the African Union (AU) to press President Alassane Ouattara to release his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, and his wife from house arrest and stop alleged opposition witch-hunt. Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition party tasks President on electoral chiefs
    08 august 2011 12:11:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Monday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to withdraw the nominations he has made to replace 8 of the 13 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) whose tenure has expired, alleging that most of those being proposed as RECs are card-carrying members of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full text...

  • New Egyptian Governors sworn in
    07 august 2011 19:49:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt’s new Governors on Sunday took their oaths of office before Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, the head of the interim ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt. to adopt ethics charter
    05 august 2011 18:09:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Determined to bestow good governance on Ivorians, the government of president Alassane Ouattara will Tuesday launch a seminar for senior government officials at which a charter of ethics will be discussed for implementation, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian lawyers urge President Jonathan to drop single-tenure bid
    02 august 2011 09:13:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella organisation for Nigerian lawyers has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to drop his plan to push a bill that will change the tenure of the President and State Governors from a renewable, four-year term to a single term of possibly six years. Full text...

  • President Jonathan's single-tenure proposal fraudulent, self-serving - ACN
    27 july 2011 15:26:26
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - The Opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has described as patently fraudulent, deceptively self serving and a terrible misadventure the plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to send a Constitutional amendment bill to the National Assembly to pave the way for a single tenure for the President and the Governors of the 36 states. Full text...

  • Nigerians divided over single tenure for President, Govs
    27 july 2011 08:53:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A proposed bill that will see the President and State Governors in Nigeria spending only one term, instead of the current two terms of four years each, has elicited mixed reactions from Nigerians. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Executive Council approves new foreign policy focus
    20 july 2011 17:41:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The newly-constituted Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) held its first formal session Wednesday in Abuja, approving a new policy which ties the country's foreign policy to its domestic agenda of attracting investments. Full text...

  • Nigerian presidential retreat ends, ministers vow to serve
    16 july 2011 19:51:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Newly-appointed Nigerian ministers and Special Advisers to the president Saturday rose from their two-day retreat in Abuja, the Nigerian federal capital city, affirming a commitment to have Nigeria meet its international obligations. Full text...

  • Gabonese main opponent party, govt. discuss coalition
    16 july 2011 12:01:06
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – The Gabonese main opposition party, the Union of the Gabonese People (UPG), has begun negotiations with the government to enable it participate in running the country, opposition leader, Pierre Mamboundou, said on Saturday on the occasion of UPG's 22nd anniversary. Full text...

  • Jonathan opens retreat, induction for ministers
    15 july 2011 10:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A two-day retreat and induction of Ministers and Special Advisers began Friday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with President Goodluck Jonathan saying that all members of his administration must take deliberate steps to challenge the cynicism of Nigerians about their leaders. Full text...

  • Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership to be announced 10 Oct
    14 july 2011 14:16:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will announce this year’s Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership on 10 October, the foundation said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood backs military rulers
    14 july 2011 13:38:54
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie has urged Egyptians to support the ruling military council and appreciate its role in protecting the country's successful revolution. Full text...

  • Egypt ends career of top security officers
    14 july 2011 13:29:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - In what is being described as the biggest exercise of its kind in the country's history, Egypt has decided to end the careers of top security officers, after protesters demanded the removal of security agents accused of shooting unarmed civilians during the country's revolution. Full text...

  • Nigeria's president appoints 18 top aides
    06 july 2011 18:43:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday approved the appointment of 18 principal aides who will assist him in discharging his obligations to the nation, so says a statement from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. Full text...

  • Ivorian President charges ministers to break from old practices
    05 july 2011 15:45:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Urging his cabinet ministers to "break with the past practices", Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday said "We will bring qualitative changes in the lives of our citizens." Full text...

  • Babangida to President Jonathan: "All is not well in Nigeria"
    03 july 2011 17:44:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Declaring that "All is not well with the country", former Nigerian military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, on Sunday told President Goodluck Jonathan to quickly address some burning issues such as the minimum wage and petroleum subsidy. Full text...

  • Court dissolves Egypt's local councils
    28 june 2011 15:54:45
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Administrative Court of Egypt's State Council on Tuesday disbanded local councils across the country. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes new Somali PM
    24 june 2011 18:31:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Special Envoy to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, has welcomed the appointment of a new Prime Minister to replace Mohammed Abdullahi, who resigned recently to pave the way for the formation of another government for the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Niger MPs adopt govt's policy statement on development
    17 june 2011 18:12:44
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The National Assembly of Niger here Friday adopted the Government's Policy Statement on development as submitted by Prime Minister Brigi Rafini two months after his appointment. Full text...

  • Gambia President threatens to deal with anti-development elements
    17 june 2011 16:50:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to teach Gambians and African groups, who oppose progressive development-oriented governments a lesson, saying this will be the final 40 days charity for opposition in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya to back UN Secretary-General Ban for second term
    10 june 2011 17:56:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Friday declared the country’s strong support for a second term for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, citing his engagements in reforming the worldwide body both in Kenya and in Africa. Full text...

  • Beninese President now to appoint inspectors general for ministries
    07 june 2011 16:59:16
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese President will henceforth appoint inspectors general of state ministries, to enhance better governance in public administration, PANA reported here Tuesday, quoting a statement from the Cabinet. Full text...

  • Jonathan greets leaders, members of Nigeria's 7th National Assembly
    06 june 2011 20:02:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the newly-elected leadership and the entire members of Nigeria's Seventh National Assembly, which was inaugurated Monday, a press release issued by the Presidency said. Full text...

  • Nigeria's leading opposition party says won't join unity govt
    03 june 2011 16:27:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Leading opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has denied a report published by a section of the media Friday that it had made a U-turn and decided to join the Government of National Unity (GNU) being planned by President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Nigerian president meets with leading politicians, opts for coalition govt
    01 june 2011 17:21:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Indicating his preference for a coalition federal government, Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday held a consultative meeting with the leaders of major political parties in Nigeria, enlisting their support towards the implementation of his government’s transformation agenda. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President appoints govt. scribe, dissolves cabinet
    30 may 2011 21:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A day after he was sworn into office, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the appointment of former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Full text...

  • Jonathan meets with foreign leaders, says facilitating development
    30 may 2011 19:50:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday met with two visiting presidents - Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (of Liberia) and George Maxwell (Trididad and Tobago) - in capital city, Abuja, revealing that his government would soon review some of its economic policies to facilitate development. Full text...

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