ECONEC delegation with ECOWAS Spec Rep in Guinea Amb Alapini & development partnersIn continuation of its electoral mid-term follow-up Mission to Guinea, the ECONEC delegation led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu met on Monday, 11 June, with the ECOWAS Special Representative in the country Ambassador Liliane Alapini, representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners, according to a press release.At the talks with the interlocutors including representatives of the EU, USAID (United States Agency for International Development), US, German and Japanese embassies, the American National Democratic Institute (NDI), Guinea’s Independent Electoral Commission, CENI, and three CSOs, Cellule Balai Citoyen, PCUD and CNOSCG, Prof. Yakubu, ECONEC governing board President and Chair of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), called for sustained political dialogue, effective communication and structured engagements between CENI and Guinea’s other political stakeholders including development partners.Ambassador Alapini commended ECONEC for working hand in hand with the ECOWAS Commission towards deepening democracy in the region by supporting credible and peaceful polls.On the agenda of the consultations were issues from the disputed results of Guinea’s last February’s municipal elections and areas of further support by ECOWAS, ECONEC, and development partners.Also discussed was the implementation of recommendations of ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) to Guinea’s 2015 presidential poll and those in the October 2016 Political Accord, including the restructuring of CENI and other legal and political reforms ahead of the country’s 2019 parliamentary vote and the 2020 presidential election.Prof. Yakubu said that structured engagements would enable the articulation of needs, political inclusive and focus support on the entrenchment of best practices in the electoral process that will contribute to sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country.The development partners and CSOs’ representatives had harped on the need for the implementation of the recommendations of the ECOWAS EOM’s in the aftermath of the 2015 presidential vote and those contained in the 2016 Political Accord signed by the ruling and opposition parties with ECOWAS, UN, EU, Francophonie organization, and the US and French envoys as observers, the release concluded.Some of the recommendations include reform of CENI to make it more technical and professional, as well as legal and political reforms for a level playing field and sociopolitical climate.Prof. Yakubu pledged that the Mission will reflect in its report to the relevant authorities, areas of support to address the identified needs and strengthen the capacity of CENI Guinea in line with ECONEC’s mandate to empower its members to deliver credible and peaceful elections and contribute to the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” said Ronaldo, who was told it sounded like he was saying goodbye.“In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans,” he replied. “Because they have always been by my side.”Less than 24 hours later, Ronaldo was delivering a more optimistic message as Real’s players were paraded in front of supporters at the Plaza de Cibeles on Sunday night.Speaking to the fans, Ronaldo said: “Thank you so much guys, see you next year.”For months, Ronaldo and his representatives have been wrangling with Real over a new deal, as the Portugese reportedly seeks to surpass Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the highest paid player in the world.Florentino Perez’s resistance has offended Ronaldo, who has implied several times all is not well in their relationship. His latest referencing of the support of the club’s fans, as opposed to the hierarchy, has been interpreted as another dart aimed at Real’s president.When Ronaldo’s initial comments were put to Perez on Saturday night, he expressed annoyance at their timing and appeared to brush off the possibility of a departure.“Do not ask me these things the day we are celebrating a Champions League title like today,” Perez said.“Everyone has the right to speak but here the important thing is the club, that we are all celebrating this title. Cristiano was happy, is happy and remains happy. He is under contract.”Zidane was not in the mood to indulge.“I’m not thinking about that,” Zidane said. “I am thinking about what we are doing now, the game, what we have achieved. On Cristiano, we will see later. He has to stay, yes or yes.”Reports in the Spanish press on Sunday say Real’s players were also vexed by Ronaldo diverting attention from the team’s third consecutive Champions League success. Sergio Ramos was among those to make his feeling known to the 33-year-old in the changing room.“Cristiano will not find a better place,” Ramos said.Even Real’s fans appear to be unimpressed, with a poll on the website of Madrid daily, Marca, asking if the club should make a special effort to keep Ronaldo. After more than 25,000 votes, 65 per cent said no.– ‘CR7 Champions League’ –There would certainly seem to have been an element of sulkiness in Ronaldo’s assessment, coming so soon after the final whistle. He had not scored and the final had been decided by the brilliance of Gareth Bale, who scored twice, the first with a stunning bicycle kick.When this was put to him, Ronaldo replied: “Maybe the Champions League should change its name to the CR7 Champìons League.”“Who has more Champìons League titles and more goals?” he asked.Ronaldo finished five clear at the top of the tournament’s scoring list with 15 goals and in April broke a Champions League record by scoring in his 10th successive match.Even though Ronaldo is 33, it is hard to imagine the likes of PSG and Manchester United not jumping at the chance to poach such a powerful asset, on and off the pitch.But, separation remains the less likely scenario and in the meantime, Ronaldo has served only to irritate those around him.“If Ronaldo has learned anything in his years in Madrid, it is that sadness, like euphoria, lasts a week in this club,” wrote Marca on Sunday.“The week after, the club comes back to compete and fight again to win, to win Champions League titles. Let’s see where Cristiano goes to win as many Champions League trophies as he has at Real Madrid.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after Real Madrid won the Champions League final in Kiev has left a sour taste at the club. © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYMADRID, Spain, May 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League for a fifth time on Saturday but the striker’s petulant posturing over his future has left a sour taste at Real Madrid.While his team-mates were celebrating a record-stretching 13th European crown, earned after a gutsy 3-1 victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo was casting doubt over his commitment to the club.