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Rawlings calls for a united Guinea, asks political actors to show leadership

Rawlings calls for a united Guinea, asks political actors to show leadership

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has urged the current leadership of the Republic of Guinea to exercise good leadership in discharging its responsibility.

He said this is to ensure that the sanctity of the upcoming elections in the country is not compromised.

He made the call during a meeting on Monday with former Guinean Prime Minister and current opposition leader, Cellou Darlein Diallo.

Mr. Rawlings also urged the military and other security agencies in Guinea to uphold the values and ethics of the institution to discharge justice, maintain law and order and restore peace and cohesion.

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He further seized the opportunity to call on newly elected President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo, to exert his authority and values of integrity and the rule of law as Chairman of ECOWAS, to intervene in the political situation in Guinea ahead of the October 18 elections.

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“A framework should be put in place to look into the allegations of injustice, oppression and political victimisation in that country to pave way for a successful, transparent, inclusive and free and fair organization of the upcoming elections,” former President Rawlings urged.

The former Ghanaian leader also used the occasion to commend President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for publicly speaking against the tendency of some leaders to amend their national constitutions to extend their terms in office.

He urged African leaders to heed the counsel of the Nigerian leader.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Earlier, Cellou Diallo who was accompanied by his Chief of Cabinet, Nadia Nahman, said Guinea was facing political challenges ahead of next month’s elections.

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Of particular concern was the fact that incumbent President Alpha Conde had supervised the amendment of the constitution to enable him contest a third term without consulting opposition parties, all this while intimidating them through military action.

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