Ayorkor Botchwey reiterates West Africa’s commitment to democracy

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Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, reiterated West Africa’s commitment to democracy.

Speaking during a panel discussion at a conference on democratic governance in Turkey, dubbed: “The Antalya Diplomacy Forum”, Ms Botchwey said that regardless of the socio-economic conditions of n n any country, nothing justified a coup.

The Antalya Diplomatic Forum is a high-level meeting where ideas and views on diplomacy, politics and business are exchanged by policy makers, diplomats and scholars in Antalya, Turkey.

The Forum on the theme: “Recoding Diplomacy” presents an excellent platform for regional and global players from the spheres of diplomacy, politics and business to exchange ideas and address international challenges.

Among the more than 2,000 participants in the three-day meeting are heads of state and government, foreign ministers and high-level representatives of international organizations.

Ms Botchwey said there was no justification for staging a coup, especially a military coup in any country, as the military had a well-defined role; declaring that there was no need for them to enter the space of governance.

“Nothing can justify a coup; whether it is a failing economy, bad governance, corruption, etc. “, she said.

“And so, I think that should be clear to everyone. We have all, and I take the example of West Africa, the ECOWAS region, embraced democracy, and in our case an additional protocol on democracy and good governance.

Ms. Botchwey said that the 15 West African countries and even African countries were committed to democracy and often went to the polls to speak out.

“And that’s where we decide government ‘a’ or government ‘b’ is not meeting our expectations and therefore we have to change that government, and that’s what we’ve all agreed through our different constitutions,” the minister said.

She said that although the West African region faces many challenges such as violent extremism, terrorism, a very young population across Africa of which more than 60% are under 35 years and the question of employment, nothing justifies a coup. states.

Source: GNA

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