Sep 21, 2010, 3:12 PM
Let us begin by heartily congratulating the president-elect of Guinea-Bissau Malang Bachai Sahna on his resounding victory at the recently concluded presidential run-off. The presidential election was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner is an indication that the people of
It is also important to commend the loser in the election Kumba Yalla for his magnanimity and graciousness in accepting defeating without a fuss. It is rare for a defeated African presidential candidate to give in without crying foul - the usual recipe for violence and calamity.
The political disturbances that preceded the Sahna presidency are still fresh in our minds. There were killings and reprisal killings that threatened the very foundation of the country's existence. But through tact and political shrewdness, the people of Guinea Bissau averted the looming danger. Against all expectations, Guinea Bissau is back on track. Though the political history of Guinea Bissau has been wobbled by tragedies and turbulences, the people of Guinea Bissau seem to have learnt their lesson and decided to forge ahead to deal with the issues at hand.
President-elect Sahna said: "We are committed to living together and finding solutions to the problems
This call for self-reliance is essential for
If the new leader of Guinea Bissau is able to draw up his development agenda around this new mindset, then his country is truly in for a new dawn that will put it on the path of peace, progress and prosperity.
This is our wish for him and his country!
"Governments never learn. Only people learn".