19 December 2012

West Africa: ECOWAS Warns Against Unconstitutional Power

The President of ECOWAS Commission has warned against unconstitutional means to ascend to power in the sub-region.

Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo said ECOWAS zero tolerance on illegal ascendancy to power remains enforced.

He made the statement Tuesday following a meeting with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

Ambassador Ouedraogo said any action in the region that is not in conformity with the constitution would be resisted by ECOWAS.

He added that the regional body would ensure that all member states abide by their constitutions.

Mr. Ouedraogo also said ECOWAS would ensure that all member states have full democracy in their respective countries.

"This is the reason why we are assisting member states in carrying out sound electoral processes so that peace can prevail; so that people can be freed to express their will," he noted.

Ambassador Ouedraogo said ECOWAS believes that it is the right of the people to freely choose their leaders and not allowing individuals to force themselves into power.

Commenting on his visit, Ambassador Ouedraogo said he was in the country to access the situation at the borders with Ivory Coast and to identify with Ivorian refugees.

He commended the Liberian government for its support to the Ivorian refugees and the role it continues to play to ensure that peace and security exist at the borders with Ivory Coast.

Ambassador Ouedraogo assured ECOWAS financial support in maintaining peace at the borders.

Earlier, President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked ECOWAS for its continuous support to Liberia.

She said Liberia would continue to work with ECOWAS to maintain peace and stability in the sub-region.

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