Ghanaians have protested against a new defense cooperation deal with the United States.
Many in the longtime U.S. ally say they worry the expanded military presence could attract extremists and harm their country’s sovereignty.
The protests in Ghana are another signal of discontent in Africa with the Trump administration as its counterterror efforts across the continent grow.
The defense agreement ratified by Ghana’s Parliament last week, and boycotted by opposition lawmakers, gives the U.S. military unimpeded access to facilities including Ghana’s airport runways and allows the U.S. to deploy troops there.
The protests have prompted the U.S. ambassador to reject rumors of a U.S. military base and say “We have nothing to hide.”
The Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Malik Kweku Baako Jnr reportedly intercepted a letter, part of which suggests ex-president John Mahama gave approval for Ghana to be used as base for a US military operation that will protect “US citizens and facilities in the sub-region.”