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Jonathan: Stable government best for Africa

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says stable government is the best way of attracting development to Africa.

He also added that Liberia is becoming a model of democracy in Africa and beyond, having attained “political stability’’.

“Looking at the political history of Liberia, the country has passed through challenges.

“They conducted elections and the (outgoing) president stayed for the complete two terms, and this president is about handing over to another elected president.

“That shows that Liberia is now politically stable to be a good example of democracy. Democracy is being institutionalised in Liberia.

“It will help the country because it shows that the country is stable and it will attract foreign direct investors

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“And for Africa, especially in the West African sub-region nit is a great achievement,’’ he said

Mr Jonathan, who served as NDI election observer in the re-run Liberia election, said “When I was in office, we tried to make sure that we stabilised democracy across the ECOWAS states because the issue of all kinds of unconstitutional government, we see that it is over in ECOWAS and Africa.

“The Liberian situation will help us so much because it is another clear case of a country that has moved from some illegitimate government and crisis to an established and stable democracy.

“This transition is critical because if we succeed, if Liberia succeeds, West Africa has succeeded, Africa has succeeded.’’

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Liberian voters have chosen a successor to outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, whose 12-year tenure as Africa’s first elected female head of state ends in January.

Results of the delayed run-off election, due to be announced in three days, will determine who becomes the next President between ex-football superstar, George Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.



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