Politics - Governance
  • 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...

  • 'Nigeria may witness Egypt-type revolution if...'
    16 february 2011 15:13:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The presidential candidate of Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, Wednesday warned that Egypt and Tunisia-type revolution may not be too far off for Nigeria if nothing is done to turn around the fortunes of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President reshuffles cabinet
    13 february 2011 12:14:39
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian President, Gen. Abdel Aziz Saturday carried out a brief reshuffle of the cabinet, marked with the merger of the Department of Mining and Industry to the ministries of oil and trade respectively. Full text...

  • German minister cancels trip to Malawi over governance concerns
    12 february 2011 14:07:02
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Relations between Malawi and its Western allies continue to deteriorate with Germany's development aid ministry announcing Saturday that one of its deputy ministers, Gudrun Kopp, had canceled a planned official visit to the southern African country over governance concerns. Full text...

  • Kenyan principals to let MPs handle judiciary nominees imbroglio
    07 february 2011 19:21:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga Monday resolved to let Parliament determine the fate of the three officials nominated by Kibaki to fill top posts in the country's judiciary. Full text...

  • AU Summit fails to act on single President again
    03 february 2011 14:37:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 16th session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) has postponed debate on the Transformation of the AU Commission into an Authority, effectively delaying a fresh attempt to have a more permanent African President. Full text...

  • New AU president to prioritize women, conflict-free Africa
    01 february 2011 15:42:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union’s incoming President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, unveiled his vision for Africa late Monday, saying issues of youth unemployment, women and ending conflicts would mark his one-year reign. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea's Nguema says not in power permanently
    01 february 2011 15:28:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union’s incoming Chairman Teodoro Obiang Nguema, said Monday he was not in power permanently, noting that regular elections held in his country had always been won by the ruling party. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Kiir says lasting peace top priority in South Sudan
    31 january 2011 15:52:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Building a sustainable and lasting peace for the Sudanese people remains the top priority of the parties to the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the First Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, stated here Monday. Full text...

  • Zim PM warns of Egypt-style uprising
    31 january 2011 12:06:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has warned of a Tunisian and Egyptian-style uprising in the country against President Robert Mugabe, who has been in office for 30 years and shows no sign of ceding power. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Challenges facing Sudan's CPA must be overcome
    29 january 2011 18:20:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sudanese parties should spare no effort to overcome the challenges facing the implementation of the country's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), especially in the wake of the successful conduct of the referendum on the future of South Sudan, an African Union (AU) ministerial committee said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Africa urged to correct electoral flaws
    27 january 2011 10:35:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers meeting here Thursday came under pressure from foreign partners on the need to correct the continent's electoral flaws that have precipitated the kind of post-election crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President appoints anti-terrorism Czar
    26 january 2011 19:50:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Ambassador Zakari Ibrahim, a former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General in Geneva, as Nigeria’s Anti-Terrorism Coordinator, presidential spokesman Ima Niboro said in a statement in the capital city of Abuja Wednesday Full text...

  • AI urges Tunisia to break clean of ousted Tunisia leader's regime
    24 january 2011 22:29:11
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the Tunisian authorities to carry out total a overhaul of the country’s judicial system and security services within the framework of an action plan for human rights in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party chief resigns, faces intra-party investigations
    18 january 2011 15:41:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who suffered a reversal of political fortunes following the “vote of no confidence” passed on him by the South-East zonal executive committee of the party recently, has resigned his position. Full text...

  • Tunisian House of Reps. President takes over govt.
    15 january 2011 14:04:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - President of the Tunisian House of Representatives, Fouad Mebazzaâ has ascended to the nation's presidency and is, according to the constitution of the country, expected to organise elections within the next 60 days, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Gabonese President reshuffles cabinet
    15 january 2011 11:13:05
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Friday reshuffled the cabinet, marked with the introduction of ten new ministers, a decree published in Libreville, the capital, disclosed. Full text...

  • UN, AU assess political situation in Niger Republic
    13 january 2011 18:07:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint UN and African Union (AU) mission arrived in Niger Republic on Thursday to assess progress by the transitional authorities in organizing elections following last year’s coup. Full text...

  • Malawi: Sacked minister says: "I'm not bitter"
    10 january 2011 19:30:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Reckford Mwanza Thotho, who was sacked Monday by President Bingu wa Mutharika as Minister for National Defence, has told maravipost.com he was not bitter. Full text...

  • Opposition slams Zuma over ANC anniversary speech
    09 january 2011 09:57:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, has sharply criticised President Jacob Zuma's speech at the African National Congress’ 99th anniversary in Polokwane on Saturday, saying it reflects an organisation deeply divided. Full text...

  • Guinean President appoints Ministers
    05 january 2011 11:12:22
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde Tuesday night appointed 10 new ministers, bringing to 37 members the government headed by Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana. Full text...

  • Zambian President among Africa's top 12 leaders
    03 january 2011 09:32:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Rupiah Banda has been ranked by the East African Magazine as the 12th best performing president in 2010 among Africa’s 52 leaders. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President to African leaders: Respect will of your electorate
    02 january 2011 11:34:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has tasked African leaders to respect the will of their electorate and the supremacy of the ballot, if Africa must get out of the woods politically and economically. Full text...

  • Mali's President Touré gives self pass mark in 2010
    01 january 2011 13:55:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré gave his regime a pass mark in the assessment of his government over the past year, in his message to compatriots on the occasion of the New Year, local sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kikwete announces review of Tanzania constitution
    01 january 2011 12:22:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Responding to a popular demand for a new constitution, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has announced his intention to set up a Constitutional Review Commission that will finally kick-start the process of re-writing the country’s supreme law. Full text...

  • President Jonathan promises Nigerians tangible benefits of economic growth
    31 december 2010 16:06:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerians significant improvements in security, power supply, national infrastructure, education, health care and employment generation in 2011. Full text...

  • 2 more govt ministers resign in Nigeria
    22 december 2010 19:09:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two more Nigerian government ministers Wednesday resigned their appointments to enable them pursue their ambition to contest for the governorship of their states in April's general elections. Full text...

  • Opposition says ruling party wants to "sink" Nigeria
    19 december 2010 14:10:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most-vocal opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has raised an alarm over the worsening campaign for the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the unprecedented intra-party acrimony was threatening the very existence of the country. Full text...

  • Mugabe threatens foreign mines over sanctions
    17 december 2010 13:45:33
    Mutare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened that his government would take full control of foreign-owned mines if sanctions imposed on the country by the West were not lifted. Full text...

  • Kenya receives pass mark from APRM
    16 december 2010 14:29:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Kenya has received commendation for progress recorded in governance, socio-economic transformation and human rights ahead of the second peer review of its performance by a panel of eminent African persons next year, according to the latest edition of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development(NEPAD) Newsletter, made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Information Minister resigns
    15 december 2010 17:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Wednesday resigned her appointment to enable her contest for a seat in the senate. Full text...

  • Top Mauritanian govt. officials to declare assets within 15 days
    14 december 2010 19:05:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Commission for financial transparency in public life has called on all top government officials to declare their assets within a time limit of 15 days, expiring 31 December. Full text...

  • Zim legislators get huge pay hike
    14 december 2010 13:25:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - After protesting for months, Zimbabwean legislators Tuesday won a 200 percent pay hike, and a brand new car each. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President shifts budget presentation
    14 december 2010 08:16:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly (parliament) of the 2011 Appropriation Bill Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, slated for Tuesday, has been shifted by one day. Full text...

  • African constitutional court mooted to deal with election crises
    13 december 2010 08:20:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Experts meeting at a conference convened here Monday, to reflect on the input of the African Panel of the wise to conflict prevention efforts, have proposed the formation of an African Union-run Constitutional Court to deal with election-related crises. Full text...

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