Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s legacy will be remembered fondly by Ghana – Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he was greatly shocked by the assassination of Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Mr Mahama said his legacy will be remembered fondly by Ghana, Africa and the world at large for a long time to come.

As President of Ghana, he said “through my side meetings with him at international conferences and two official visits to Japan, I found him to be a leader passionate about opening up Japan’s role on the world stage, inclusive of expanding Japan-Africa relations.”

In a Facebook post, he indicated that “I recall our last meeting in May of 2016, which led to the official publication of the restoration of the Yen loan portfolio to Ghana and the announcement of Japan’s commitment to assist Ghana with a number of important new and ongoing projects.

“These included the Tema motorway interchange project, expansion of the Sekondi fishing harbour, expansion and upgrade of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research into an Advanced Research Centre for Infectious diseases, and the construction of a new bridge over the Southern Volta river at Volivo, among others.

“At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family and the Japanese people in the wake of this senseless crime.”

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was confirmed dead after suffering gunshot wounds and being rushed to the hospital.

Ex-Prime Minister Abe was shot dead in the city of Nora while delivering a campaign speech.

A man believed in his early 40s, Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested at the scene as the prime suspect.

Tetsuya Yamagami is said to have a record with the police of having threatened to kill Abe, 67, because he has been dissatisfied with his government.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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