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Keep Out Military Takeovers by Committing to Democratic Rule, Akufo-Addo Tells West African Leaders

Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Mokhata Sissoco Embalo at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said these military takeovers were threatening regional security and development, which needed to be reversed.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on West African leaders to commit themselves to democratic rule and unite against military takeovers that are gradually creeping into the sub-region.

Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Mokhata Sissoco Embalo at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said these military takeovers were threatening regional security and development, which needed to be reversed.

“As we have been saying, we have come to office in difficult times in the life of West Africa. These various unconstitutional changes of government… you yourself suffered an attempted…yeah, it is a difficult moment, but I think it is extremely important for those of us who are committed to democratic rule to continue to be very vigilant and also to be united in our response to what is going on in West Africa,” he stated.

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President Akufo-Addo said Ghana and Guinea Bissau could do a lot together in that direction and that the two countries needed to establish a permanent joint commission for cooperation and development.

The concept of establishing a joint committee had already been agreed upon, President Akufo-Addo disclosed, saying: “The date and where the inauguration would take place is being worked on.”

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President Embalo on his part said Ghana was strategically a key partner of Guinea-Bissau and both countries would continue to work to deepen their relations.

He commended Ghana’s role in Africa’s liberation struggles that paved the way for the independence of the continent, stressing that “it is here in Accra that many freedom fighters including that of my own country found inspiration and indeed the needed political and material support to conduct the struggle for the liberation of the country from foreign domination and occupation.”

“I am here to repeat our conviction that together we are working hand-in-hand in the spirit of brotherhood complimentary and solidarity the two countries could achieve many important objectives,” he said.

The Guinea-Bissau President assured that his country would continue to share in many important fields with Ghana pointing out Guinea-Bissau’s support for Ghana in its call for the establishment of strong financial institutions in Africa, especially the African Central Bank, An African Investment Bank, an African Monetary Fund and Pan-African Insurance Agency.

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