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  • Updated: August 14, 2023

Ghana: Opposition Warns President On ECOWAS Intervention Plans

Ghana: Opposition Warns President On ECOWAS Intervention Pla

President Nana Akufo-Addo

Opposition MPs in Ghana have warned President Nana Addo and raised concerns over ECOWAS' intentions to initiate military action in Niger as part of attempts to restore constitutional order in the nation.

The parliamentarians have demanded that Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo immediately halt all preparations for the deployment of the Ghanaian military.

"The Ghanaian Parliament has not discussed this matter, unlike other countries who have had the opportunity to debate these matters and pass a resolution," Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of parliament's foreign affairs committee, told reporters. 

"He [President Akufo-Addo] does not have the Ghanaian people's mandate in this situation.

"We do not believe that military intervention is the best course of action," he continued.

Minority lawmakers in the country believe that diplomacy and meaningful dialogue should be pursued. 

"Ghana's gallant soldiers must be kept far away from the looming bloodbath and escalating geopolitical confrontation, which is bound to explode with far-reaching consequences for stability in an already volatile region," warned Ablakwa.

Ghana's minority parliamentarians argue that rather than engaging in a "proxy geopolitical confrontation," the country's meagre resources should be put towards tackling the country's economic issues following a $3 billion (£2.4 billion) International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.

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