Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • Nigeria's President blasts lobbyists for cabinet posts
    27 may 2011 10:03:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has blasted most of those whom he said were lobbying for ministerial posts in his cabinet for selfish reasons. Full text...

  • Nigeria will not scrap compulsory youth service despite...
    25 may 2011 09:18:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said his administration will not scrap the compulsory, one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for graduates of tertiary institutions, despite the call by critics that the programme be discontinued. Full text...

  • Jonathan says ministerial list ready second week in June
    24 may 2011 19:22:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday restated his determination to "hit the ground running" after his inauguration, disclosing that the new cabinet would, barring any unforeseen events, be ready two weeks after his swearing-in. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria's democratic advancement, good sign for Africa'
    22 may 2011 09:56:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's advancement of democracy is a good sign for Africa, African historian, Prof. Ali Mazrui and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye declared weekend in New York, the Guardian newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Newly-elected, re-elected governors "brainstorm" on governance in Nigeria
    19 may 2011 18:17:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday warned that his administration would not again allow the reign of “the culture of impunity” in any part of the country. Full text...

  • Jonathan says Nigeria's constitution makes large cabinet inevitable
    18 may 2011 18:15:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Indicating that he favoured a leaner and highly-efficient cabinet, President Goodluck Jonathan said here Wednesday that membership of the Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) was large due to the constitutional provision which stipulates that each state of the country must produce a minister. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition party ready to work with ruling party
    15 may 2011 13:15:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria's opposition parties, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has signified its intention to work in the Government of National Unity (GNU), which has been shunned by the leading opposition parties. Full text...

  • Tanzanian leader takes "ineffective" cabinet members to task
    10 may 2011 14:29:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Irritated by signals of disharmony among members of his cabinet as well as other top government executives, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, said disunity and poor communication and coordination of state affair were costing his administration its image. Full text...

  • Nigeria's leading opposition party shuns coalition govt. again
    08 may 2011 13:00:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's leading opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has again Full text...

  • Sudan, Southern Sudan govts committed to pact on Abyei region - UN
    06 may 2011 14:05:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Haile Menkerios, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan and head of the UN Mssion in Sudan (UNMIS), has said that the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan were committed to implementing the two recent agreements aimed at restoring calm to the disputed region of Abyei. Full text...

  • President Jonathan marks 1 year in office Friday, vows to protect Nigeria's interest
    05 may 2011 19:16:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said that "only the interests of Nigeria and the Nigerian people" will inform his decisions and plans for the future, according to a statement, issued here Thursday by the Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro. Full text...

  • Two Nigerian opposition parties reject coalition govt
    04 may 2011 09:00:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two key Nigerian opposition parties have said they will not participate in the inclusive government being planned by President Goodluck Jonathan, after his victory in the 16 April presidential election. Full text...

  • 5,000 "ghost" workers detected in Burundi
    03 may 2011 14:07:53
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 5,000 "ghost" civil servants have been detected in Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza said here during the International Labour Day celebrations. Full text...

  • Museveni willing to compromise on Presidential term limits
    02 may 2011 15:21:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is ready to cooperate with the members of the East African Community (EAC) in the formation of a federation if they make it mandatory for him to remove the presidential term limits. Full text...

  • Museveni defends military role in Ugandan politics
    02 may 2011 15:18:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has defended the inclusion of Ugandan military officers in the country’s legislature, saying the combination made the East African nation one of the most democratic in Africa. Full text...

  • We'll build on gains of 2011 elections - President Jonathan
    01 may 2011 19:07:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated all the re-elected and newly-elected state governors, National Assembly members, as well as members of State Houses of Assembly across the country on their successes. Full text...

  • Coalition govt: Odinga says Zimbabwe could learn from Kenya
    29 april 2011 14:49:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Friday that Zimbabwe could draw useful lessons from Kenya on how to manage its troubled coalition government. Full text...

  • Niger new government holds maiden cabinet meeting
    23 april 2011 11:47:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – At a maiden cabinet meeting with his newly-named ministers, Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou on Friday pledged to carry out projects and programmes contained in his electioneering campaign promises. Full text...

  • Niger president appoints 24-member cabinet
    21 april 2011 16:16:13
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Thursday named a 24-member cabinet following a decree he signed here, PANA learnt from an official source. Full text...

  • Niger's new Prime Minister takes office
    21 april 2011 14:44:49
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The new Prime Minister of Niger, Brigi Rafini, was Thursday sworn in before the National Assembly, pledging to work for the welfare of his compatriots and to defend human rights. Full text...

  • Nigerien Opposition turns down offer to participate in unity government
    13 april 2011 14:00:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien opposition parties, under the umbrella Alliance for National Reconciliation (ARN), has turned down an offer by new President, Mahamadou Issoufou, to participate in his administration, ARN said in a communiqué received Wednesday to PANA. Full text...

  • 'Citizen security, justice, jobs key to breaking cycles of violence'
    11 april 2011 09:45:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence, and no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal, according to a new report released Monday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Guinean President warns trouble makers
    10 april 2011 16:04:59
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean head of state, Alpha Conde, Saturday warned "trouble makers and those who create disorder" they will henceforth be prosecuted. Full text...

  • Boni Yayi sworn in for second term as Beninese President
    06 april 2011 14:44:45
    Porto-Novo, Benin (PANA) - The re-elected President of Benin, Boni Yayi, on Wednesday took an oath of office at the Charles de Gaule Stadium of Porto-Novo for a new five-year mandate. Full text...

  • Tribute for Djibo Salou as Niger military prepares to disengage from governance
    05 april 2011 16:00:45
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Members of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) in Niger Tuesday commended the President of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), General Djibo Salou, for a job well done following the successful transition to civil rule in the country. Full text...

  • President Jammeh names new Trade Minister
    23 march 2011 13:33:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has named Abdou Salam Secka as his new Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, PANA confirmed from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President appoints new army boss
    22 march 2011 12:19:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has named Colonel Alhagie Martin, as the new commanding officer of State Guards, the high profile presidential security wing of the country’s army, a statement from the presidency announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi President angry with rights groups for reporting him to UN
    20 march 2011 11:47:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has reacted angrily to the decision by human rights activists to report him to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya on alleged deteriorating human rights standards in Malawi. Full text...

  • Ivorian Crisis: Ouattara urges Gbagbo to seize last chance
    16 march 2011 17:35:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Internationally-acclaimed president-elect of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, has asked rival Laurent Gbagbo to seize the "last chance" offered to him by the African Union (AU) Panel to relinquish power. Full text...

  • Jonathan constitutes experts to work out mechanisms to implement top projects
    13 march 2011 18:20:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted a team of experts to marshal the action plan for the fulfilment of his promise of rapid national development in the post-election period. Full text...

  • New Egyptian cabinet stresses security is top priority
    12 march 2011 14:51:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Cabinet of the new Egyptian caretaker Premier, Engineer Essam Sharaf, reaffirmed here Friday that the restoration of security in the country was the top priority. Full text...

  • Malawi leader weighs in on university teachers-police boss stand-off
    11 march 2011 15:06:42
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has weighed in on the current stand-off between striking university lecturers and Police Inspector General Peter Mukhito, saying the police chief "will not apologise to anyone". Full text...

  • 'Developing countries need not emulate China to achieve growth'
    11 march 2011 12:28:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Developing countries do not need to abandon democracy in order to attain higher levels of economic growth, the heads of three influential think-tanks said in Johannesburg on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zim PM accuses Mugabe of undermining power-sharing govt
    11 march 2011 11:23:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the country's two-year-old coalition government is in danger of collapse, accusing President Robert Mugabe of undermining it through violence and provocative arrests of his party's officials. Full text...

  • Initiative launched in SA to give greater voice to developing countries
    09 march 2011 09:57:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A major new initiative aimed at providing a greater voice for developing country democracies in global debates was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi ruling party embarks on damage control after presidential gaffe
    08 march 2011 14:20:55
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Senior leaders of Malawi's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Monday embarked on some damage control after President Bingu wa Mutharika on Sunday ordered party zealots to physically deal with his critics. Full text...

  • Late Nigeria President handed power to government scribe - Wikileaks
    08 march 2011 09:54:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As his health failed and he had to be rushed to a Saudi hospital, late Nigeria president Umaru Yar’Adua illegally bypassed his vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, and handed presidential authority to Yayale Ahmed, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, according to US diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks. Full text...

  • Guinean ministers banned from sponsoring popular festivities
    04 march 2011 12:56:17
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean Ministers have been barred from sponsoring popular festivities, known as ''mamaya'' in the country. Full text...

  • Islamist party advocates parliamentary system of govt. in Mauritania
    01 march 2011 15:57:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Rally for Reform and Development (RNRD-Tawassoul - moderate Islamist movement) has called for a constitutional reform with a view to installing a parliamentary system of government in Mauritania, according to a news release, made available to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • All legal demands of Egyptians will be met - VP
    25 february 2011 15:16:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Newly-appointed Egyptian Vice Premier, Dr. Yahia Al-Gamal, said Friday that the country's interim cabinet would meet all the legal demands of the people. Full text...

  • Court extends tenure of five Nigerian state governors
    23 february 2011 20:50:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A federal high court sitting in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja ruled Wednesday that five of the 36 state governors in the country would not contest April's polls, because their tenure would not have expired till much after that. Full text...

  • Egyptian Army says won't seek power
    21 february 2011 13:06:10
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been running the affairs of the north African nation since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak 11 February, has re-assured it will not seek power in the country, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Amr Moussa's putative presidency gets youth support in Egypt
    18 february 2011 08:51:37
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Respected Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa, who is widely expected to seek the country's presidency when the current interim ends in six months' time, has received the support of the country's youth. Full text...

  • President Mills calls for a united Ghana
    17 february 2011 14:32:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s president John Evans Atta Mills, on Thursday called for a united nation with a sense of purpose to build a prosperous country. Full text...

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