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General News of Friday, 30 August 2013

Source: Kofi Annan Foundation

Kofi Annan: Mahama, Akufo-Addo exhibited maturity

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has congratulated President John Dramani Mahama on his confirmation as the legitimately elected President of Ghana after the Supreme Court ruled in his favour on Thursday.

Mr Annan in a statement released on Friday also thanked opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo for respecting the court’s verdict and asking for calm.

“… This is an achievement in its own right, but also a solid foundation for lasting stability and prosperity. This success must not blind us to the flaws in our electoral system that the judicial review has brought to light. All concerned need to work energetically to ensure that these flaws are addressed through the necessary institutional reforms,” it added.

Below is the full statement of Mr Kofi Annan on the election petition

“I congratulate President Mahama on the confirmation of his electoral victory, and the Supreme Court for its rigorous examination of the complex questions that came before the Court for adjudication.

I also congratulate the New Patriotic Party and its leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, for the spirit of responsibility that they have demonstrated by respecting the ruling of the court. By doing so, they have helped to further entrench the rule of law and deepen democracy in our country.

That we were able to resolve this contested electoral result peacefully through our justice system is an encouraging illustration of the progress we have made as a society over the past two decades. Indeed, this transparent and impartial audit of an election by a court sets a precedent for Africa as a whole of which we can be proud. Ghana has once again lived up to its reputation as a beacon of democracy on the continent.

This is an achievement in its own right, but also a solid foundation for lasting stability and prosperity.

This success must not blind us to the flaws in our electoral system that the judicial review has brought to light. All concerned need to work energetically to ensure that these flaws are addressed through the necessary institutional reforms.

We have a bright future to build together, as the Ghanaian people. That future begins today.”

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