President John Dramani Mahama has left Accra for Guinea Conakry to attend the inauguration of President Alpha Conde for a second term in office.
The West African country has had a long standing friendship with Ghana since the days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Guinea’s Ahamed Sekou Toure.
To further cement the relationship, President Mahama in 2014 hosted President Conde on a State visit to Ghana.
Accompanying the President to Conakry are the National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and the Chairperson of the Council of State, Mrs Cecilia Johnson.
While in Conakry, President Mahama will visit the widow of the late Guinean leader, Ahmed Sekou Toure, and also visit the residence of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah while he was in exile in Guinea.
President Mahama will return home tonight.
Guinea is a republic. The president is directly elected by the people and is head of state and head of government. The unicameral Guinean National Assembly is the legislative body of the country, and its members are also directly elected by the people. The judicial branch is led by the Guinea Supreme Court, the highest and final court of appeal in the country.
Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 percent of the population. Guinea's people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. French, the official language of Guinea, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration, in the media, and among the country's security forces, but more than twenty-four indigenous languages are also spoken.