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Horst Kohler and Nicholas SarkozyFRENCH PRESIDENT, Nicolas Sarkozy, has congratulated Prof. John Evans Atta Mills for his election as President of the Republic of Ghana.

Giving account of Prof. Mills’ remarkable campaign and receiving the nod from Ghanaians, “I wish as soon as now to send to you my most cheerful congratulations”.

Further in a congratulatory letter issued by the French Embassy in Ghana, President Sarkozy maintained that “your victory is a victory for democracy and I feel convinced that you will be able to accompany your country towards new progress in the respect for institutions and liberties, which now characterise it in the eyes of the international community as a whole”.

On this occasion, “I send you my best wishes for a full success in the pursuit of an undertaking, which has made Ghana an example for African countries”.

In addition, the letter indicated that Prof. Mills’ election and also the exit of President John Agyekum Kufuor from office coupled with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo conceding defeat under the terms of Ghana’s Constitution stood tall among all African countries.

The Ghanaian public, it said, had once again demonstrated their real understanding of a democratic process, adding that the values France shares with Ghana have taken roots in their country.

Another congratulatory message by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Kohler, to Ghana’s latest president, Prof. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills read “please accept my sincere congratulations and those of my fellow Germans on your appointment as President of the Republic of Ghana”.

In addition the statement observed, “Your victory in an election that was fair and transparent is an impressive endorsement of 16 years during which democracy and respect for the constitutional order have taken hold in your country.

“I was impressed by the way the close result was accepted by all political factions and by the Ghanaian public at large. You and all of Ghana’s citizens may be proud of what has been achieved.”

Germany, it said would continue in its time-tested manner to stand by “you and the Ghanaian people in a spirit of partnership”, wishing Prof. Mills every success in tackling the challenges which lied ahead and particularly in further strengthening democratic institutions as well as boosting the Ghanaian economy.

Separately, the United States of America (USA) also cheered the president, saying “we congratulate Professor John Atta Mills on his January 3 victory in the Ghanaian presidential race. We commend the Ghanaian people on their resolve and deep commitment to the democratic process demonstrated in their participation in their nation’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

“These elections, pronounced free, fair and credible by a wide range of international and domestic observers, have proven that Ghana has truly taken its place among the community of democracies.

“We also commend the Ghanaian Electoral Commission for its dedication, perseverance and professionalism in conducting these elections in a fair and impartial manner. Once the Ghanaian Electoral Commission announced the results, both sides accepted them and began working on a peaceful and smooth transition of power.

The United States and Ghana continue to enjoy a close friendship based on a shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law.  Once again Ghana has shown itself to be a beacon of stability and peace in Africa.

“We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Ghanaian people and working closely with Professor Mills’ administration as he works to unify the nation and build consensus and confidence in established institutions to serve all Ghanaians.”

The United States sent a delegation, led by Peace Corps Director, Ronald Tschetter, to Professor Mills’ inauguration yesterday.

By Nathaniel Y. Yankson

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