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Akufo-Addo says he will not change constitution to seek third term

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to respect the tenets of the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance by not seeking a third term in office as President of Ghana.

Speaking at the Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, he vowed to respect Ghana’s two-term presidential limits, adding that he will hand over power when his term comes to an end.

“As president of the Republic of Ghana and current chair of the authority of ECOWAS states in governance, I pledge to continue to respect the tenets of the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance,” he said.

He added, “I will respect the two-term limit for the exercise of Presidential authority as stipulated in the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”

President Akufo-Addo urged his fellow heads of state in the sub-region to also commit to leaving office when their time is due.

His comments come in the wake of recent coups and unrest in West Africa. The sub-region has witnessed military coups in Mali and Guinea.

And last year, the President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, changed the constitution to seek a third term in office.

Guinea's Alpha Conde, who also changed the constitution to run for a third term, was later ousted in a military coup.

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