UN General Assembly Stop forcing democracy on Africa - Mahama

President Mahama touted the African continent to be the next fastest growing continent in the world. He, therefore, asked that the continent is given enough opportunities for such a feat.

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The principles of democracy are new to Africa and therefore developed continents must desist from forcing its practices on Africa.

This a view held by President John Mahama. He argued that democracy is a new introduction to Africa and just as the developed countries made mistakes when they started practising they must make room for mistakes from African countries too.

President Mahama who was speaking at the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, and said “democracy is not a one size fits all system, different countries are at different stages of the democratic journey. Democracy evolves and cannot be forced on the people. It doesn’t help for biggest powers to go proselytizing democracy across the continent, it can have its negative consequences as we are experiencing in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, but still a properly functioning peer system can avoid some of the meltdowns we are experiencing in some African countries due to the desire to stay in office interminably.”

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“Africa is a continent of 54 countries at different stages of progress and development and there must be room for us to make our mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Africa has the potential to be the next continent on the rise, there is a lot going for Africa. It has the fastest growing population, middle class, information and technology in the world.”

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Meanwhile, President John Mahama said he is proud of Ghana because it has been part of Africa’s success story since independence.

“I am proud of my country Ghana, it is part of Africa’s success story, we have not looked back since independence. Ghana has a fiercely independent media and I joke among my colleagues that in Ghana, I have over 27 million presidents each thinking that they know my job more than myself."

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