Ghana is unlikely to return to civilian rule quickly, the country's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong said on Wednesday (10 January).
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Background: Ghana is unlikely to return to civilian rule quickly, the country's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong said on Wednesday (10 January). He was addressing a news conference held to review his first year in office. Colonel Acheampong helped oust President Kofi Busia on January 13 last year, and formed a National Redemption Council chaired by himself.
He told members he would not hand over to a civilian administration unless the country's economy was sound. "For the meantime we have put an end to politics," he said. "We have the mandate and support of the people to return the country's economy to stability.... until this objective is achieved, we do not think it is useful to discuss politics."
SYNOPSIS: At Ghana's government headquarters on Wednesday, the Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, gave a news conference to review his first year in power.
Colonel Acheampong led the coup which overthrew President Busia a year ago. He established a National Redemption Council with himself as chairman.
Colonel Acheampong told the newsmen he would not hand over control to a civilian administrative until Ghana's economy was sound. He said that in the meantime the National Redemption Council had put an end to politics. It had the support of the people to return the country's economy to stability. Until that objective was achieved, he said, the Council did not think it useful to discuss politics.
The Colonel also mentioned the possibility of attempts at economic sabotage.