Politics - Governance
  • Burundi's president hails his country's democratisation progress
    27 august 2012 21:17:32
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday hailed the progress made by his country in its democratisation process, expressing satisfaction over the vitality of Republican institutions. Full text...

  • Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, announces minor cabinet reshuffle
    24 august 2012 15:25:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle, which saw the return of Dr. Mamadou Tangara to the foreign affairs ministry, PANA confirmed from here Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda's Museveni reshuffles cabinet, re-appoints FM
    15 august 2012 18:44:01
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has reshuffled his cabinet, re-appointing the Vice President and Prime Minister and bringing back top allies who resigned a year ago over a procurement scandal over the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of State Summit. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. lifts State of Emergency imposed on 15 local govt. areas in 4 States
    18 july 2012 17:24:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has lifted the State of Emergency imposed on four States, citing improved security situation in those areas. Full text...

  • AU wants toppled Malian government restores
    15 july 2012 09:06:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for the restoration of military-toppled Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Togolese Prime Minister, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, resigns
    12 july 2012 16:39:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Prime Minister, Gilbert Fossoun Hougbo, has resigned from the government to President Faure Gnassingbé, according to an official statement issued here Wednesdy. Full text...

  • Zambia's President Sata re-aligns ministries
    10 july 2012 14:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has split the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism into two, with Given Lubinda continuing as Foreign Affairs Minister and MP Sylvia Masebo appointed Minister of Tourism and Arts. Full text...

  • Tanzanian President shuffles cabinet, fires 6 ministers
    04 may 2012 18:18:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete reshuffled his cabinet Friday, dropping six ministers and two deputy ministers following their accusation in parliament for being irresponsible in managing public funds either directly in their ministries or in institutions falling under their charge. Full text...

  • Tanzanian President names 3 MPs, including opposition party leader
    04 may 2012 09:13:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Using his constitutional prerogative, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has nominated three new Members of Parliament, including an opposition party leader, in a move seen by analysts here as a prelude to shuffling the Cabinet. Full text...

  • UN Security Council demands restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau
    21 april 2012 19:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Saturday demanded the 'immediate' restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, as well as the reinstatement of the country's legitimate government. Full text...

  • Mali gets new Premier
    17 april 2012 18:41:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The leader of the party of the rally for Mali’s economic development (RPDEM), Mr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, has been appointed the transition Prime Minister, in accordance with the agreement signed 6 April between the ruling junta and ECOWAS, official sources told PANA in the capital Bamako. Full text...

  • Libyan official warns against corruption
    09 april 2012 13:19:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - An official of Libya's National Transition Council (NTC), Mr. Muhamed Al-Harizi, has warned against corruption and embezzlement of public funds in the country. Full text...

  • Malawi Police Chief sacked
    08 april 2012 19:58:06
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi police chief Peter Mukhito has been sacked, the state radio and television reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Burundi president announces minor cabinet reshuffle
    09 february 2012 17:17:06
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, on Wednesday carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle which was marked by the appointment of Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza as the new Minister of Finance and Economic Development Planning, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Gambia's Foreign Minister reappointed
    07 february 2012 12:55:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Dr. Mamadou Tangara, the immediate past Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation in the Gambia, has been reappointed to his post as part of moves by President Yahya Jammeh to reconstitute his cabinet, PANA confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President appoints first batch of ministers
    06 february 2012 20:19:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has appointed the first batch of ministers following last week's dissolution of his cabinet after elections late last year. Full text...

  • UN, partners say Somalia's interim political arrangement must end in August
    06 february 2012 19:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG), which brings together the UN and its diplomatic partners in support of efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia, on Monday insisted that the country’s current transitional governing arrangements must end on 20 August, 2012, as stipulated in recent agreements. Full text...

  • Gambian president dissolves cabinet
    03 february 2012 14:00:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has dissolved his cabinet, sacking all his ministers and the Vice President, Madam Isatou Njie-Saidy, who doubled as minister of Women Affairs, a press statement from the State House revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Ban tasks Egypt on transition to civilian rule
    31 january 2012 07:23:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Egypt to maintain its commitment to implementing the road map to an early transition to democratic rule, while expressing his satisfaction at the orderly conduct of the recent legislative elections. Full text...

  • President Sata sacks provincial minister
    16 december 2011 14:34:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Michael Sata has terminated the appointment of Lukulo Katombora as Southern Province minister with immediate effect, a statement released Friday by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah, announced. Full text...

  • Bashir retains close confidants in new cabinet
    08 december 2011 11:21:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has announced a new cabinet in which President Omar al-Bashir retained all his close confidants in their position, especially the Ministers of Defence and Presidential Affairs. Full text...

  • Angolan President fires Energy Minister
    01 december 2011 17:07:02
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, Thursday dismissed the Minister of Energy and Water, Emanuela Bernardeth Afronso Vieria Lopes, according to a press statement Thursday from the Civil Office of the Presidency in Angola. Full text...

  • EU to launch programme to strengthen civil society in North Africa
    29 november 2011 14:45:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) will early next year launch a programme to strengthen the civil society in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, a statement issued Tuesday in Brussels said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS conference to discuss justice system
    28 november 2011 20:39:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - What should be done to establish a justice system likely to guarantee the rule of law from the political, economic, social and cultural perrspectives? Full text...

  • Nigerian govt., opposition clash over media blackout
    27 november 2011 17:08:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has sharply criticised the federal government after a phone-in programme scheduled for South-west Osun state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on the federal government-owned Radio Nigeria was suddenly cancelled on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President to hold 'state of the nation' parley with party leaders
    27 november 2011 11:09:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan plans to hold a meeting with the leaders of all major political parties on the state of the nation this week, the local media reported Sunday, quoting presidency sources. Full text...

  • Egypt appoints Ganzouri Premier
    25 november 2011 14:23:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt on Friday formally named a new Prime Minister tasked with forming a 'salvation government', three days before the start of legislative elections in the north African country, state television reported. Full text...

  • Ban welcomes new interim government in Libya
    23 november 2011 19:46:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the formation of the new interim government in Libya, congratulating Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib and members of his cabinet. Full text...

  • AU welcomes formation of new Libyan govt
    23 november 2011 14:48:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Wednesday welcomed the formation of a new government in Libya, which was unveiled Tuesday by Prime Minister Abdel Rahim el-Keeb to govern the country until legislative elections in mid 2012. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Egypt's ruling military agrees unity govt
    22 november 2011 17:36:26
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's interim ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has agreed to the formation of a unity government, following a meeting with political and revolutionary forces, unconfirmed reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Egyptian government resigns
    21 november 2011 20:37:51
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The cabinet of Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has resigned, the state television reported Monday night. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition tasks President Jonathan on 'controversial' policies
    13 november 2011 14:02:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Raising the debate on the planned removal of fuel subsidy and the proposed single-tenure for the President to another level, Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to subject the issues to a debate and referendum. Full text...

  • Libya’s NTC to appoint new prime minister
    30 october 2011 12:38:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – With the Libyan National Transition Council (NTC) now firmly entrenched in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, the new authorities are due to appoint a transition prime minister who will be president of the Executive Committee, PANA learnt from reliable sources. Full text...

  • 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...

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