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Lets clear the remaining hurdles of our democracy – Mahama

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 Source: mynewsgh.com

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Former President John Mahama says despite the country’s outstanding and remarkable level of democratic adherence, government ought to make commitment in spending ‘time and resources on how best to overcome the remaining hurdles that still stand in our way of establishing an ideal democracy”

According to him, while Ghana has advanced significantly in democratic governance and economic progress during the last 25 years of the country’s fourth republic,” we still have the challenges of political intolerance and extreme partisanship to deal with.”

Mr Mahama made the point while he extended felicitations to Ghanaians and political actors on the occasion to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Fourth Republic of the country.

“Today is an important day in the annals of our country. It is a day that heralds, the global recognition of our country as a worthy example of Democratic Governance and Stability for other states.

“I have accepted and will be participating in a National Thanksgiving Church Service this afternoon to thank God for the strengthening of our democracy over the last 25years,” the statement read in part.

Government will today January,07, 2018 mark the Silver Jubilee of the Fourth Republic of the country with a thanksgiving service at the Independence Square in Accra.

According to government, all is set for the event to be held later in the day.

The Director of communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin earlier told newsmen the event will bring together Ghanaians from all walks of life, and will be graced by all three living former Presidents – Jerry John Rawlings, John Agekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama.

The government says the programme is intended to celebrate the “goodness of the Lord” for a stable democracy under the Fourth Republic.

The first regime of the Fourth Republic saw the reign of Former President Jerry John Rawlings, whose leadership transitioned from a military government to a constitutional rule in response to demands for a more democratic process concerning the governing of the country.

After two terms in office, barred by the constitution from standing in any election, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.

Other leaders under the Fourth Republic are ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, late Professor John Evans Atta Mills and ex-President John Dramani Mahama.

The Fourth Republic is currently headed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was elected in December 2016.

Source: mynewsgh.com