Maritime Dispute Gloria Akuffo & Marietta Appiah-Oppong prayed together on eve of ITLOS ruling

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Gloria Akuffo said she called her predecessor “and we said a prayer together” on the eve of the ruling.

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Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Gloria Akufo play

Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Gloria Akufo

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The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Gloria Akuffo and her predecessor prayed together a day before the ITLOS ruling.

This was revealed by the Gloria Akuffo when President Akufo-Addo hosted a dinner for Ghana’s legal team and other stakeholders who played diverse roles in the case.

Gloria Akuffo said she called her predecessor “and we said a prayer together” on the eve of the ruling.

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Appiah-Oppong started was the Attorney General in 2014 when the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) began sitting on the dispute between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Gloria Akufo play

Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Gloria Akufo

 

The change of government in 2017 saw a change in the leadership of Ghana’s team as Akuffo took over from Appiah-Oppong.

The two went to ITLOS together on February 6, 2017, when Ghana began its oral argument over the disputed boundary.

Though the former AG was absent on the final day of the ruling, Justice Minister Akuffo says: “Marietta and I speak every now and then.”

“And perhaps, I should make it public that the night when we emplaned to go for the ruling before I emplaned I called Marietta and we said a prayer together.”

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She was quick to add that even though the ruling favoured Ghana, a lot of work has to be done.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to all who played a role in getting Ghana to win the dispute.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this victory could not have been achieved through the action of one person, one political party or one government. It has been a collective effort, in the important role played by successive presidents, and the government should not be overlooked, discounted or understated on such an occasion as this,” the President said.

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