Politics - Governance
  • AU seeks ministerial approval for 20,000 Somali force
    15 october 2010 12:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Friday formally requested a hike in the number of Somali peacekeepers to 20,000, calling for the deployment of military units including an air force, a naval unit, an engineering component and an intelligence unit to stabilise Som a lia. Full text...

  • Congo MPs oppose plan to relocate population from Virunga park
    13 october 2010 13:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Most MPs from the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo are opposed to the plan to relocate from the Virunga Park some 3,000 households said to have violated the park's limits. Full text...

  • Leading civil society campaigner to head struggling Malawi post office
    11 october 2010 18:43:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A leading civil society activist has been appointed to head the struggling Malawi Post Office (MPC). Full text...

  • Malawi atheist group wants Mutharika to intercede for jailed 'witches'
    11 october 2010 18:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawian atheist group, called the Association of Se cular Humanism (ASH), has said it wants to approach President Bingu wa Mutharika to order the immediate release of a group of convicted 'witches' because the cou n try's laws do not recognize witchcraft. Full text...

  • EU hails release of Ethiopian opposition leader
    11 october 2010 10:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- European Union's Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton has praised the release of Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa from nearly two years in jail, saying it mark ed a new phase in democratisation in the African nation. Full text...

  • Mandela's latest publication goes on sale Tuesday
    11 october 2010 08:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) - â" Nelson Mandela's latest publication, "Convers ations with Myself", which contains excerpts of the letters he wrote while in jail for 27 years, is due to go on sale Tuesday in 22 countrie s and 20 languages. Full text...

  • Thabo Mbeki Foundation launched
    11 october 2010 08:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Thabo Mbeki Foundation was launched in Joha nnesburg, South Africa, on Sunday with the aim of making the 21st century an ''African century''. Full text...

  • Opposition slams Nigeria's ruling party over bomb blasts fallout
    10 october 2010 14:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) ha s slammed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for ''failing the nation and overheating the polity, as usual,'' with a series of fa ux pas in the aftermath of the unfortunate bomb blasts in the capital city, Abuja, during the country's 50th independence anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • US welcomes release of Ethiopian opposition leader
    08 october 2010 12:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US Friday welcomed the release of Ethiopian o pposition leader Birtukan Mideksa, who was freed Wednesday after 21 months in prison on treason charges related to the 2005 post-election violence. Full text...

  • Opposition leader freed in Ethiopian after two years in jail
    06 october 2010 11:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa was released Wednesday after serving nearly two years in prison for offences related to the post-election violence in 2005, members of her political party confirmed. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Detained Ethiopian opposition leader, Mideksa, to be freed
    06 october 2010 08:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa, re- arrested in December 2008, may be released from prison Wednesday afternoon, sour c es close to her party said. Full text...

  • SA ranks fifth in latest assessment of African governance
    04 october 2010 17:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released M onday, has ranked South Africa fifth out of 53 African countries reviewed, scori n g higher than the continental average which was 49. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Premier sworn in for third term
    04 october 2010 14:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi took a fres h oath of office on Monday, following his party's landslide victory in the 23 Ma y elections, in what is expected to be his third and final term in office. Full text...

  • Niger's constitutional referendum holds 31 October
    03 october 2010 18:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger junta leader Salou Djibo Saturday signed a decree t o convene the electorate for the referendum on the country's constitution for the 7th republic on 31 October. Full text...

  • AfDB launches fund for governance
    01 october 2010 21:37:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank ( AfDB) has approved a proposal for the setting up a fiduciary fund for governance . Full text...

  • Cuban govt condemns attempted coup in Ecuador
    01 october 2010 19:44:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Cuba on Friday condemned the attempted coup that took pl ace Thursday in Ecuador, according to the Cuban Embassy in Angola. Full text...

  • Libya wants UN General Assembly to become world parliament
    30 september 2010 16:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Libya has proposed strengthening the UN General Assembly to function as the world’s premier legislative body. Full text...

  • Mugabe says no going back on company take-overs
    30 september 2010 13:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Thursday his g overnment would press ahead, despite strong opposition, with controversial plans to take controlling stakes in all foreign-owned compani es operating in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition slams govt on kidnapping
    30 september 2010 12:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As 15 school children who were kidnapped in Nigeria's So uth-east Abia state were spending their fourth day in captivity Thursday, the country's opposition has slammed the federal government for not doing enough to secure the lives of its citizens and their property. Full text...

  • Former African ambassadors hail Nigeria at 50
    28 september 2010 18:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of Nigeria's Golden Jubilee Anniversary, messages of goodwill have continued to pour into the country, which rolls out the drums to mark 50 years of self rule on Friday. Full text...

  • Activities marking Nigeria's 50th anniversary gather momentum
    28 september 2010 18:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Activities marking Nigeria's half a century of self- rule, which will climax with an elaborate ceremony on Friday, have gathered momentum across the 36 states of the federation, with various events, including armed forces rehearsals, lectures, conferences, arts exhibitions, cultural displays and the launch of a 50 naira commemorative note Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian president expected for Nigeria's 50th independence "bash"
    28 september 2010 13:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Rupiah Banda is expected in Abuja on W ednesday where he will witness celebrations marking Nigeria's 50th Independence A nniversary. Full text...

  • Jonathan urges Nigerians in diaspora to support ongoing reforms
    27 september 2010 19:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians in diasp ora to deploy their experiences and expertise to support ongoing reforms by his a dministration aimed at boosting economic growth and development. Full text...

  • Arms dealer linked to Mandela movie
    27 september 2010 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A German arms manufacturer which is in the heat of corruption allegations has been identified as being a key investor in the US$37 million film of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, ''Long Walk To Freedom''. Full text...

  • Jonathan, in US assures Nigerians of good governance
    26 september 2010 16:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan over the weekend pledged not to play politics with the development of Nigeria, saying that as long as he remains the leader, the virtues of sincerity, commitment and the love to do what is right will guide all his actions. Full text...

  • AI urges Sudan to end curb on freedom of expression before referendum
    24 september 2010 11:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Sudanese authorities should halt the harassment and intimidation of journalists in the run-up to the referendum on independence of Southern Sudan in January 2011, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement released Friday. Full text...

  • President Banda launches personal website
    23 september 2010 15:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Determined to reach the wider public with his personal and official messages, the Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, has launched a personal website. Full text...

  • Nigeriens to make inputs into new constitution
    22 september 2010 19:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Several Nigerien government officials on Wednesday took t he country's draft constitution to the people for their observations and suggest i ons at the end of which a new constitution, which would guide the next republic, would be inaugurated. Full text...

  • Malians celebrate 50th independence anniversary fiesta
    22 september 2010 16:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Head of State, Amadou Toumani Toure, Wednesday laid a wreath of flowers on the monument of independence in Bamako, on the occasion of the celebration of Mali's 50th independence anniversary, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigerians reflect on 50 years of self rule
    22 september 2010 15:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With less than 10 days to the celebration of half a century of political independence in Nigeria, the people are taking stock of the country’s socio-economic, political and foreign relations achievements in the past 50 years, with the consensus that given the human and material resources, the country should have done better than it is doing. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Niger's move to constitutional order
    21 september 2010 18:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday welcomed a commit ment by the transitional authorities in Niger to move swiftly back to constituti o nal order. Full text...

  • AU calls for unity in Somalia after PM quits
    21 september 2010 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Tuesday reacted to the dec ision of Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke to quit earlier in the day, by asking t he government to build stronger unity within its ranks. Full text...

  • Somali PM quits after months of political stand-off
    21 september 2010 11:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmake qu it Tuesday, citing the mounting insecurity in his country, as the world called on Somali insurgents to declare a temporary ceasefire in honour of the International Day of Peace, marked globall y on Tuesday (21Sept). Full text...

  • Angolans remember late President Neto
    17 september 2010 19:48:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Various activities have been held across Angola to mark the work and life of their former leader, President Agostinho Neto, PANA reporte d here quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Implementing new law a priority, says Kibaki
    16 september 2010 17:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged politicians to tone down the distractive debate on sharing of seats in the devolved and central governments and instead focus their energies on implementation of the new constitution. Full text...

  • Nigerian minister resigns
    16 september 2010 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Minister of Special Duties, Mr. Full text...

  • President Mugabe smiles to bank after pay rise
    16 september 2010 11:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, probably the world 's least paid leader, is now smiling all the way to the bank after getting a pay increase from US$400 to US$1,750 per month l ast month, his spokesman has said. Full text...

  • TI says failure to address corruption threatens MDGs
    15 september 2010 14:48:00
    Berlin- Germany (PANA) -- The global anti-corruption organization, Transparency International (TI) has warned that the failure by governments to address corruption is threatening the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • Commonwealth MPs seek more clout at club's bi-annual summit
    14 september 2010 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from the 54 Commonwealth member countries Tuesday called for widespread reform of the institution, saying its future leadership should follow the trends set by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), in rotating top positions within the various regions. Full text...

  • Tanzanian govt to repossess privatised idle farms
    14 september 2010 12:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- آ Touched by the plight of landless peasants as he seeks re-election for a second five-year term, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has said his government will repossess thousa nds of hectares of idle sisal plantations which the state sold to private investors less than two decades ago. Full text...

  • Commonwealth chief pledges support for Kenya's law reform
    14 september 2010 07:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has pledged to support the Kenyan constitutional reform process, his organisation said in a statement obtai ned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President reshuffles cabinet
    12 september 2010 15:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has reshuffled his c abinet, moving around key ministers in his government on Saturday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • President Wade seeks dialogue with opposition
    11 september 2010 10:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Friday appealed f or dialogue between the government and the opposition to ''build a Senegal of peace and progress'', in his message to the nation to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Dramatic new evidence in SA's arms deal probe
    09 september 2010 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Parliament on Wednesday heard dramatic new evidence suggesting that top politicians and businessmen pocketed about R480 million from the multi- billion-rand arms deal. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pilots' strike paralyses air travel
    09 september 2010 08:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Zimbabwe pilots went on strike Wednesday demanding payment of accumulated allowance and pay arrears, disrupting air travel to all local, regional and international destinations. Full text...

  • Top police, military chiefs sacked in Nigeria
    08 september 2010 15:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday effected major changes in the top hierarchy of the Nigerian Police, the Armed Forces and State S ecurity Services (SSS), firing all the service chiefs, including the Inspector-G e neral of Police, Mr. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's Police Chief sacked
    08 september 2010 14:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Inspe ctor-General of Police, Mr. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets new service chiefs
    08 september 2010 12:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday in Abuja named new service chiefs, replacing those who were appointed in August 2008 by his predecessor, the late Umaru Yar'Adua. Full text...

  • Togo opposition condemns 'abusive use' of non conventional teargas
    08 september 2010 11:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Republican Front for Alternative and Change (FRAC), grou ping five Togolese opposition parties including the Union of the Forces of Change (UFC), has condemned the abu sive use of non conventional teargas by the security forces in the country during opposition-led demonstrations. Full text...

  • Angolan ruling party denounces incitement to violence
    08 september 2010 08:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's ruling MPLA party has denounced the persistent calls for civil disobedience by the main opposition UNITA officials on ''Radio Despetar'', saying it poses "grave and worrying situation to the country". Full text...

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