Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • 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...

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