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Akufo-Addo, Alpha Conde Meet On Togo Impasse

botchway June 13, 2018

By Maxwell Ofori

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde have held a closed-door meeting to discuss the political impasse in Togo.

President Akufo-Addo had taken it upon himself to settle the political crisis in Togo, a step which began somewhere last year.

This paper gathers that, the presence of the Guinean President in Ghana followed a decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that he collaborates with President Akufo-Addo to continue the peace talks.

Following that decision, President Alpha Conde arrived in Ghana on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to confer with President Akufo-Addo on how to go about with the task he had already begun.

He arrived at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport before noon yesterday, and was welcomed by the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.

Amidst cheers from some citizens of Guinea living in Ghana, President Alpha Conde was driven in a convoy to the Jubilee House, where he met with President Akufo-Addo.

Nana Addo has traveled to Togo twice this year since he started the mediation and the representatives of the opposition parties have also been to Ghana on the same issue.

In February, this year, President Akufo-Addo officially began the dialogue which was part of attempts to end the series of protest, which had claimed lives in Togo.

Since the advent of multiparty politics in the early 1990s, some 15 dialogues and talks have been held in Lome, the Togolese capital, without achieving any political transformation.

Although the 2006 Comprehensive Political Agreement was to reform the presidential mandates and the country’s voting system, it has never been carried out.

The 2006 Comprehensive Political Agreement was meant to appease the country, which had been frustrated by the violence, following the election of Faure Gnassingbé.

Meanwhile, Gnassingbé’s party had reiterated in the local media that it would be out of question to discuss the immediate departure of the Head of State or a commitment on his part to leave power.

Gnassingbé has been in power since 2005 when his father, Eyadema Gnassingbé died, after ruling the country for 38 years. The opposition parties started demonstrations against the government, as they are pushing for the return of the 1992 constitution, which places a limit on presidential terms.

However, the 14 opposition parties decided to suspend all forms of protests and demonstrations aimed at forcing President Faure Gnassingbé to step down, following President Akufo-Addo’s intervention.

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