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Rawlings receives Malian military leaders

Former President of Ghana, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has urged the new military leadership in Mali to use the transition period in the country to exhibit exceptional leadership for the country and usher it into a prosperous era.     
 
He made this call when a four-man delegation of the National Committee for the Salvation for the People (CNSP), led by its Chairman Colonel Assimi Goita called on him at his residence.   
 
And further urged them to mobilise their people into taking up productive vision to boost the county’s development, empower and encourage the citizen to own their political climate in improving the quality of multi-party democracy, “the Western powers have hung around our necks”.   

The level of corruption that has become an integral part of multi-party democracy has created a general climate of stress and tension that may destabilize some areas in the sub-region and added that its unfortunate that the world is being forced into multi-party democracy with corruption and violence rather than other forms of democratic practice with none or minimal corruption.    

“Unfortunately, the West appears to favour corruptible political tendencies in order to continue to dominate our security and economy”, he lamented.
 
Former president Rawlings also noted that it was dutifully passing on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leadership’s concerns whiles sharing his own political experiences and observations.  
     
The meeting took place after ECOWAS leaders held an Extraordinary meeting with the Malian military leadership at Peduase in Ghana, to discuss political development in Mali.

Colonel Assimi Goita was accompanied by Colonel Ismael Wague, Major Talibe Konte and captain Demba N’daw with Malian Ambassador to Ghana Abdoul Kade Toure in attendance.   
 
Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com   

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