President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is advocating member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to outlaw the third-term mandates to avert future military coups and the overthrow of democratic government in the region. According to the President, such consideration must be a key feature in the reforms of ECOWAS Protocol on Good Governance.
President Akufo Addo noted that such considerations have become necessary given the lessons from the Guinean coup. He added that it is his appeal, [and not as Chair of ECOWAS] that member states adopt his proposition to safeguard democratic governance in the sub region.
Speaking on Kumasi-based radio station, AshFM, President Akufo Addo disclosed that some efforts are currently being put into reviewing the current protocols, and the necessary amendments were taken to rectify any shortfalls in dealing with recurring military coups in the West African region.
“I think it's about time, as part of the ECOWAS protocol on Good Governance, that we outlaw the third term mandate in any country. I feel strongly about it that it is something that we should do…to prevent these kinds of things from happening.
“As a result of what had happened in Guinea, ECOWAS is taking a look at their protocols to see to an adjustment of these protocols that will take into account this development. But I personally, support the idea,” he reiterated.
President Akufo Addo remarked that though Guineans through a referendum granted ex-president [detained] Alpha Conde a third term, there was no need for a military overthrow of his government. He noted that the constitution allows for a change of government through elections and that he added, affords the people to decide who becomes their next president.
He indicated that Ghanaians have had great respect for the constitution and democratic process, adding that “it is possible through the ballot box to change a government, and we have done this three times in Ghana.”
“It is a very important part of the stability of our country. And the people are empowered to decide for a change if they are dissatisfied with any particular government,” he added.
Already, ECOWAS had sanctioned the military junta to facilitate the transitioning to democratic rule within six months. Col Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn in as Guinea's interim president after leading a coup that saw the overthrow of Alpha Condé, yesterday.
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