‘Ghana does not need a coup to remove a leader who’s not doing well, democracy is better’- President Akufo-Addo

has warned Ghanaians against considering military intervention in the removal of legitimately elected governments who aren’t performing effectively.

According to him, democracy is a superior weapon for Ghanaians to vent their dissatisfaction, hence coups should be avoided at all costs, regardless of the situation.

President Akufo-Addo said in an interview with Kumasi-based Ash FM on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, as part of his tour of the Ashanti Region, that Ghana has had political stability since 1992 because Ghanaians have the opportunity to vote every four years to alter or maintain their administration in power.

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As a result of military coups in Guinea and Mali, President Akufo-Addo announced that ECOWAS is evaluating its protocols to help the sub-democratic area thrive.

President Akufo-Addo was questioned why the regional bloc stood by when Alpha Conde amended the constitution to extend his term.

There are various reasons for the military intervention, but there is no justification at any stage.”

“Using the ballot box has contributed to the stability of our country. People believe that if a leader is not doing well, they can vote against that leader in four years’ time. We don’t need a coup to change someone,” he said.

“To be honest, I am not speaking (now) as Chairman of ECOWAS, I support the idea… I feel ECOWAS protocols on good governance should outlaw the third-term mandates in any country. I feel strongly it is something that we ought to do to prevent what is happening in Guinea elsewhere,” he added

He continued, “We are opposed, in principle, to any intervention of the military to the political life of a country. The population is capable of resolving its problems through the ballot box.”

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