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Vol 46 No 7

Published 1st April 2005


Ghana

Nervy neighbours

Along its frontiers, Ghana keeps a nervous eye on turbulent Côte d'Ivoire and Togo

A strange silence from Accra greeted the sudden death, on 5 February, of Togo's (and Africa's) longest-serving leader, Etienne Gnassingbé Eyadéma. The subsequent events have upset neighbouring Ghana's long-standing foreign policy of good neighbourliness. Regional leaders, including African Union Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali and the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Niger's Mamadou Tandja, swiftly condemned the constitutional coup attempted in the name of Faure Gnassingbé, the old dictator's son; Ghana kept quiet. AC reveals the reasons for Accra's silence.

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