General News of 2014-04-11

Guinea Bissau needs international aid – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama is promising to use his office as the Chairman of ECOWAS to rally support in aid of Guinea Bissau, as the country goes through difficult financial times.

The President made the assurance when he paid a visit to Guinea Bissau to apprise himself of preparations made so far towards their elections this Sunday.

Guinea Bissau’s presidential and legislative elections on April 13 is aimed at helping to restore democracy two years after a coup that thwarted a previous election and triggered an economic slide in the former Portuguese colony.

Briefing the media moments after returning to Accra, President Mahama indicated that the response to the meetings where positive.

He, however, said owing to the dire economic situation that has bedeviled them, ECOWAS would have to intervene by rallying economic support from donor partners for Guinea Bissau.

“The situation there is difficult; the economic situation there is difficult, government workers have not been paid for five months and they do need international support,” he said.

President Mahama, therefore, pledged to rigorously advocate for the country by requesting for aid from the international community because “after their elections, they need some international support to be able to stabilize the situation.”

According to him, there was a meeting with all stakeholders including the security services, civil society groups, political parties, religious leaders and the electoral commission.

The President added that the people of Guinea Bissau were admonished to ensure an incident-free elections as the election “is a pivotal event that will turn around the fortunes of that country…I think that this is the opportunity for them to make a fresh start.”