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Ghana’s president, Akufo-Addo, says ‘foreign entities’ behind recent coups in Africa

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Ghana’s president and chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has made the claim that there is an international dimension to the recent surge of military coups in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo made the claim while addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the African Union (AU) Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa, in Accra on Wednesday.

“Some foreign entities regard coups in Africa as a means of enhancing their regional ambition”, he said.

He said outside influences were behind disinformation campaigns undermining the authority of governments in the continent and instigating opposition protests.

The president however did not give details of those he thought were linked to the coups.

There have been recent coups in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea that has led to sanctions from ECOWAS and calls for African leaders to promote good governance in order to subdue disaffection among citizens.

President Akufo-Addo also stressed that statistics on unconstitutional change of governments in Africa is not only alarming but unacceptable.

Speaking further on the need for the African Union (AU) to find feasible ways that would mitigate the unconstitutional overthrow of elected governments on the continent, the ECOWAS chair cited the African Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) report, saying “18 African leaders have either modified or eliminated constitutional term limits in the past two decades”.

“In addition, another eight resisted efforts to institute term limits, bringing the number of countries lacking constitutional restraints on political power to 24”, he added.

 

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Recalcitrant Mali to snub ECOWAS sanctions on Guinea in defence of ‘fraternity’

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Mali has continued its recalcitrant posture in the international space as its interim prime minister has revealed that the country will not apply sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Guinea.

Mali’s government spokesman and interim prime minister, Abdoulaye Maiga, in a statement said the country would not respect the sanctions out of loyalty and diplomatic it has with Guinea.

“Taking into account the solidarity and fraternity between Mali and Guinea, the transitional government has decided to break away from all illegal, inhumane, and illegitimate sanctions imposed on (Guinea) and will take no action on them,” Maiga, said.

The regional bloc, ECOWAS in July lifted sanctions imposed on Mali and Burkina Faso after both announced time table for democratic transition but the sanction on Guinea remained after the body had rejected the three years calendar proposed by the ruling junta led by Colonel Mamady Dumbouya .

The bloc, last week imposed sanctions on Guinea’s ruling junta for taking too long to organize elections and restore democracy after seizing power last year.

Some of the sanction measures include freezing junta members’ financial assets and barring them from travelling to other countries in the region.

Mali, one in Guinea and one in Burkina Faso since August 2020. The lifting of the sanctions is some sort of relief for the countries who cannot afford more economic restrains than the troubling cases of insurgency already caused them.

Mali under the current military junta of Colonel Goita has severed diplomatic relations with some allies, notably France which has been helpful with military support in the fight against terrorism.

The country has also had diplomatic loggerheads with other entities like Ivory Coast, the United Nations, Germany, and Egypt amongst others.

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Nigeria Decides: Ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, missing as political parties sign peace pact

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As the 2023 presidential elections draw closer in Nigeria, leading candidates have signed an accord toward a peaceful electioneering process.

The symbolic pact is organized by the National Peace Committee (NPC), chaired by Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former military Head of State.

In attendance were candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP); and Omoyele Sowore, standard bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC), were present at the event.

However, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not present but was represented on Thursday by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

The pact is symbolic as most elections in Africa are often characterized by violence. The timeliness of the pact is rife as the 2023 electoral season officially began on Wednesday, 27 of September which marks the commencement of political campaigns.

In April 2022, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a report said more than 1,149  persons, including INEC employees and security officers, were killed in the three elections held in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

According to INEC, ballot papers, cubicles, and other materials were similarly destroyed.

As Nigerians hope to turn their lot at the next elections, they would also hope to be alive to witness the change, the outcomes depend on them, the public.

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