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General News Wed, 10 Jan 2001

Ghana’s democracy will be sustained

ACCRA, January 10 -- Dr Baafour Agyeman-Duah, Associate Executive Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, has said democracy would be sustained in Ghana because politicians have learnt enough from past governments to avoid making mistakes which could lead to instability.

Dr Agyeman-Duah, who is also a political analyst, said in an interview with the GNA, that though the military have often derailed smooth transition from one democratically- elected government to another through coups d'?tat, they now appreciate the need not to intervene in governance.

This is because the military have become more professional and fully appreciate the need to abstain from politics. Dr Agyeman-Duah also said Ghanaians now generally believe that the country has outgrown the period of military interventions.

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"There is now more awareness among civil society in Ghana," he said. According to Dr Agyeman-Duah, the habit of sweeping off the achievements of past governments by newly installed ones has in the past not helped with political development.

"This new government is not going to sweep away the NDC," he said, adding that there are many achievements of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which the new government could continue with. Dr Agyeman-Duah, however, said the new government could decide to discontinue with policies of the NDC that it finds inappropriate.

Source: GNA
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