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Our constitution must not be amended to protect Governing Elite

By: Mary Quartey

The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS)Parliament, H.E. Rt. Honorable Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis has called on its Member States to endeavor not to amend its constitution just to suit a particular political party to remain in power.

His calls follow the recent chaos in Guinea which has resulted in a military takeover and the ban of democratic order and parliamentary activities. He explained that it is time Member States give serious attention to the new phenomenal, which is the amendment of the constitution of a state before an election or before the expiration of the tenure of an incumbent president.

Dr. Tunis was of the view that amending a constitution to conform to current realities is not a problem.

However, he lamented that when the proposed amendments of the constitution protect the governing elite at the expense of the citizens to extend the tenure of the incumbent, it then becomes a problem. The Rt. Hon. Speaker hence Condemn the military take over in Guinea and called for the immediate restoration of democratic order and parliamentary activities.

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