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Sep 20, 2013

President Mahama assures Malians of Ghana’s support in new democratic journey

President John Dramani Mahama has assured the government and people of Mali of Ghana's support as the country embarks on another democratic journey.

He said the investiture of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is a rebirth of democracy and good for the peace, stability and development of the sub-region.

President Mahama said this in an interview with Ghanaian journalists after attending the investiture of President Keita in Bamako.

He visited the Nkrumah Roundabout and paid respect to his memory.

The roundabout has a statue of Dr Nkrumah which was renovated when Mali celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 renamed Nkrumah Avenue.

President Mahama also inspected a new Ghana embassy in Bamako under construction which is about 70% complete.

The President said he has directed the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper and Foreign Affairs Minister Hannah Tetteh to access a facility to complete all such projects and begin new ones in Brazil and Ethiopia.

Earlier, President Mahama joined other Heads of State and Governments to grace the investiture of the newly elected President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Other leaders included ECOWAS Commission Chairman and President of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara and President of France Francois Hollande.

President Keita popularly known as IBK, was elected president in a run-off last month, polling more than 77% of the votes on the ticket of Rally for Mali, a party he founded in 2001.

Source: GBC