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General News of Saturday, 2 June 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

I was dragged into politics – Amissah-Arthur

Former vice president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has stated that he was dragged into politics when he was still practicing as an economist.

The former Governor of the Bank of Ghana added that he will make a return to politics at the right time, despite a humiliating defeat in the 2016 elections.

“I started as an economist, I was dragged into politics, I don’t know if I am there or I am going home, but to borrow the words of President Rawlings ‘it’s not over, it’s not over,’’ Mr. Amissah-Arthur said when he chaired a lecture ahead of the June 4 Revolution remembrance.

The former vice president also backed calls for probity and accountability that are espoused by former President and founder of the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings.

He urged members of the opposition NDC to remain united and focused as the party re-organises to return to power in 2020.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur said supporters of the party must put the disappointment of the 2016 general election behind them and continue to hold on to the principles of the party and intensify the campaign to regain power in 2020, adding, “it’s not over”.

The lecture on Thursday was the second in a series of lectures dubbed: “The Revolutionary Lecture Series” in honour of the experiences and philosophy of former President Rawlings and the revolutionary transition Ghana went through in the 1980s.

Organized under the auspices of the Office of Flt Lt Rawlings founder of the NDC as part of activities marking the annual celebration of the June 4, 1979 uprising, this year’s lecture was under the theme: Revolutionary Economic Trends, Ghana In Focus: Past, Present And The Future.”