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President Akufo Addo Responds To National Security Questions

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President Akufo Addo yesterday met the Press to answer a range of questions bothering on his administration.

On government decision regarding the Gitmo 2, President Akufo Addo said his government is yet to take a decision on the Guantanamo Bay detainees in Ghana, noting that once that is done, it will be forwarded to Parliament for deliberations when the House reconvenes.

President Akufo Addo added that he was aware a decision had to be made on Mahmud Omar bin Atef and Khalid Mohamad Sali Al-Dhaby who were brought into the country in 2016 for a period of two years. However, the two, who have exhausted their stay, are still in the country.

The President said ‘the period is up, a decision has to be made, in fact we need to be able to say something to the parliament when it resumes because the period that the amendment agreement was brought has come to an end.

"We have to decide whether or not we will grant them permission to stay or we going to make arrangements for them to go somewhere else. All those things are being actively examined as we said, but am fully aware that a decision on them has to be made."


Mahmud Omar bin Atef and Khalid Mohamad Sali Al-Dhaby

Commenting on the President response, Dr Kwesi Aning of the KAIPC said the nature of the agreement regarding the stay of the ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees makes it difficult for the President to abrogate the contract.

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‘When you inherit someone’s problem it’s very difficult to abrogate the contract and it very difficult to even make amends. So I think it’s very fair that he honestly said this. That is what is called transparent responsible responses from government’.

Source: ATL FM News

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