Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • 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...

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