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General News Tue, 20 Aug 2013

We are not predicting violence - US Embassy

The United States (US) Embassy in Ghana has affirmed its confidence in Ghana's judicial system. This comes after a privately circulated security alert to US citizens in Ghana on the pending Supreme Court decision was made public.

The statement generated reactions from Ghanaians especially on Social Media, with many questioning the motive behind the alert since the major actors in the election petition have pledged commitment to the peace and security of the nation.

Amongst others, the statement urged Americans in Ghana to "monitor the local news and avoid all demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful may suddenly turn violent."

But in a series of tweets on the official Twitter account of the Embassy in Ghana, it stated that the security alert was not intended to "cause alarm”. The embassy commended Ghanaians for keeping faith in the rule of law.

Find below the tweets by the embassy:

"Today we sent a routine message to US citizens regarding upcoming court decision with no intent to cause alarm. We trust Ghana’s judicial process.

We are not anticipating or predicting violence but sharing information with US citizens on potential for large gatherings at the time of the Supreme Court decision.

The U.S. has confidence in Ghana’s judicial process and commends Ghana for resolving any election disputes through the court system"

Source: citifmonline