General News of Saturday, 12 January 2019
Ivorian political opposition leader, Richard Blet, has lauded Ghana’s constitutional democracy, saying, it provides a good example for other African countries.
“There can be no doubt that Ghana is making good progress in its democratic governance and there are a lot, many of us in the continent should learn from.”
Mr. Blet is the Presidential Candidate of the Démocratie pour la Liberté et la Cohésion (Democracy for Freedom and Cohesion).
He spoke to the Ghana News Agency after attending the maiden Constitution Day Public Lecture, delivered by Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He was accompanied by the party’s Vice Presidential Candidate, Madam Kassi Christelle, and Madam Cecile Itoni, Head of Communications.
He said a wind of change was blowing in Ivory Coast – the youth were clamouring for and change.
They are looking for a new crop of leaders, who would lead the country to greater prosperity.
Mr Blet was upbeat about his chances in the upcoming presidential election and said his message of change was being received well by the people.
He has been campaigning on change, unity, transparency, jobs and wealth creation.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in his country and said some political reforms needed to be made.
He cited the example where the Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncan, is also a Member of Parliament (MP) for his Constituency, labelling that arrangement as “politically inappropriate”.
His party, formed in 2014, believes in the ideals of putting the people first and Pan-Africanism.
He said it was time Africans took their destinies into their own hands and worked consciously to lift the continent out of poverty and deprivation.
“It is time to uphold the African identity and shape our own destiny” he added.