Emmanuel Macron in Ghana, First time for a French President

“Long-term preservation of power without a pluralistic electoral process is not a good thing.”

Did you know that President Emmanuel Macron is the first French president ever to visit the Republic of Ghana?

After Abidjan, Emmanuel Macron headed for Accra, the capital of Ghana. He arrived on Thursday, November 30 accompanied by the Prime Minister of Netherlands. During this visit, Mr. Emmanuel Macron will meet with his Ghanaian counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo.

It is obvious that both of them will talk about Togo. Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo has been commissioned by the ECOWAS to act as a mediator to ease dialogue between the government and the opposition in Togo.

According to France 24, Emmanuel Macron informed that “he wanted free elections.” Responding to a question on the situation in Togo he explained that “long-term preservation of power without a pluralistic electoral process” was not “a good thing.”

Promoting French in Ghana

Emmanuel Macron and Nana Akufo-Addo share the same views on democracy for the African continent, as the Ghanaian president was elected last year under quite transparent conditions.

Another thing bringing the French and Ghanaian heads of state together is bilingualism. The West African leader speaks both English and French. Ever since he came to power, he has promoted the learning of French in schools in his country. This year President Akufo Addo disclosed that his government plans to make the study of French language compulsory in all Senior High Schools. An initiative welcomed by Emmanuel Macron who wants to promote Francophonie.


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