Friday 23 August 2019

Ghana's president concedes defeat to opposition leader

Nana Akufo-Addo has won Ghana's presidential election (AP)
Nana Akufo-Addo has won Ghana's presidential election (AP)

Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won the presidency on his third run for office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party has managed the economy.

State broadcaster Ghana Television (GTV) said President John Mahama had conceded defeat in a telephone call - which Mr Akufo-Addo then confirmed with a tweet.

"A few minutes ago, I received a call from President @JDMahama congratulating me on winning the 2016 Presidential Election," he said.

The country's election commission said Mr Akufo-Addo received 53.8% of the vote, while Mahama won 44.4%.

Mr Mahama became president in July 2012 after the sudden death of the incumbent leader, and was then elected to the position later that year.

Before Wednesday's election, the opposition had emphasised Ghana's high unemployment levels and under-performing GDP growth rates to appeal to frustrated voters.

Mr Mahama defended his record, hinging his campaign on plans to boost economic growth and continue modest gains in infrastructure development. A change in government, he said, would reverse the progress made during the last four years.

Elections in Ghana have been peaceful since the country transitioned from military rule to democracy in 1992.

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