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04.03.2009 Politics

Senegal commends Ghana on elections


Senegalese Ambassador to Ghana, Balia Mandaw Dia on Wednesday commended Ghana for the successful conduct of the country's recent elections, saying, the country has become a beacon of hope for Africa.

He said just as Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah championed African unity, the country, in the light of its credible democratic achievements, should continue to project this stance to improve and enhance good governance and democratic principles on the continent.

Balia Mandaw Dia gave the commendation when he called on Information Minister, Zita Okaikoi at her office in Accra, to officially congratulate her on her appointment and to formerly invite Ghana to a cultural festival to be held in Senegal in December, to enhance socio-cultural relations between both countries.

He stressed the need for both countries to work closely on socio-economic issues to enhance the ties of friendship.

Mrs. Okaikoi on her part pledged government's commitment to deepen democracy in the country, adding that the country's democracy had come of age and its latest polls were a test for all African countries.

She said the government was prepared to maintain the success of democracy attained in the country, and was determined to work with other African nations to deepen the tenets of democracy on the continent.

Ms. Okaikoi said government was committed to building and strengthening the capacity of the media to enable them work effectively to help develop a strong democracy.

As part of this move, government is to convene an editors' forum to impress on the media to set the agenda for good governance and development.