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Ghanaian election officials use a lantern and a smartphone torchlight to assist people voting late at a polling station in Tamale this month. Credit Pius Utomi Ekpei/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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The End for Ghana’s ‘Power-Cut’ President

  ACCRA, Ghana — Last December, my family gathered at my grandmother’s house for the one-year anniversary of her death. Her house in Akim Oda, a small town in southern Ghana, was filled with well-wishers. I walked into the kitchen to fetch drinks for the guests, and as I opened […]

President Buhari with H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo and Mr Kenneth Ofori-Atta as he receives in audience President elect of the Republic of Ghana in State House on 20th Dec 2016.
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Ghana, Nigeria’s relationship important for Africa- Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s President-elect

ABUJA – Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo has underscored the need for a deepened relationship between Nigerian and Ghana, saying it was important for the growth of Africa. Akufo-Addo made the remarks after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday. He said that he was […]

People in the town of Nakpayili voted in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana on Dec. 7. Following the vote, people from both major political parties danced arm-in-arm in the streets to celebrate their democracy.
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A lesson for U.S. in how Ghana celebrates its democracy

I was surprised by the outcome of the vote, but not by the response.   A hotly contested, closely watched presidential election is won by a man whom political experts, media and many citizens expected to lose. After his surprise victory, people pour into the streets. The victors are jubilant. […]

Supporters of Ghana’s president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, celebrate victory in Accra, Ghana, on Dec. 10. The longtime opposition leader won the presidency on his third run for office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy. (Sunday Alamba/AP)
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Ghana shows a troubling willingness to accept political corruption, our recent survey shows

In the wake of national elections Dec. 7, Ghana’s president, John Mahama, conceded to challenger Nana Akufo-Addo. The election marks the first time an incumbent has stood for reelection and lost since this West African nation became independent in 1957. Power has changed hands between parties before, but only when […]

Akufo Addo’s Ministers list leak
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Akufo Addo’s Ministers list leak

President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia are said to be putting final touches to names of those to be appointed ministers of state in the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. Some prominent members of the party have been considered for ministerial positions while a […]

Fistfight breaks out in Kenya parliament
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Fistfight breaks out in Kenya parliament

A parliament session in Kenya has descended into chaos, with rival MPs trading punches. Opposition lawmakers tried to block discussions on the introduction of manual vote-counting for next year’s presidential election. The government wants a back-up to the electronic system but the opposition says it is a way of rigging […]

Nana Akuffo Addo, President elect
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NPP to review Mahama’s last minute appointments, contracts

The incoming Akufo-Addo government has condemned the last minute appointments of people to key state institutions as well as the signing of contracts by the outgoing John Mahama-led government, and served notice to review same within the remit of the country’s laws. President Mahama who leaves office on January 7 […]

President John Mahama
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Mahama swears in new CHRAJ and NCCE bosses

President John Dramani Mahama has appointed two new substantive chairpersons for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). They are Madam Josephine Nkrumah for the NCCE and Mr Joseph Whittal for CHRAJ. They are both lawyers. Madam Nkrumah prior to […]

Hannah Tetteh, Foreign Affairs Minister
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Online passport application launched

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has launched an online passport application system to ease the process of passport acquisition in the country. Under the new system, actual passport processing times and delivery deadlines would take fifteen working days for standard applications and five working days for express […]

Ghana votes
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The Ghanaian General Election: Ghana bets on change

It was the phone call he thought he would never have to make. The fifty hours between the close of polling and making that call was testament to the time it took to come to terms with defeat. At 7.41pm on Friday 9 December 2016, Ghana’s President John Mahama of […]