Politics

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president

Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating John Mahama in last month’s election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr. Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories. …

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Young Continent, Old Leaders: The Aging Face of African Governance

All 10 of the world’s nations with the youngest populations are in Africa, according to United Nations statistics, giving the continent a median age of just under 20 years-or, roughly half the estimated median age of the United States, (37.9 years according to CIA estimates). Yet, by latest count, at least eight African leaders have served in office for two …

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President-Elect Nana Akufo-Addo To Face Pressure from Impatient Voters

Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo needs to act fast to deliver on his campaign promise to create jobs, restore rapid growth, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district if he is to satisfy an electorate eager for change. Voters gave President John Mahama just one four-year term before they wielded the ax, rejecting him in an …

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Ghana Media Projects Win For Opposition Nana Akufo-Addo In Election​​

Nana Akufo-Addo

Opposition challenger Nana Akufo-Addo has a clear lead in Ghana’s hotly contested presidential election, local media reported Friday, although official results have yet to be released two days after the vote. Supporters of incumbent President John Mahama insisted he had emerged triumphant again, despite acknowledging losses in the parliamentary contest. Joy News television gave Akufo-Addo just under 54 percent of …

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Movement for Mahama to unveil “JM School Bags” in Cape Coast

Election

Accra, Ghana – August 10, 2016 — As part of their efforts towards the official launch of the National Democratic Congress 2016 Elections Campaign, the Movement for Mahama (MFM) group is set to unveil locally made bags to be outdoored “JM School bags” this weekend in Cape Coast, Ghana. The MFM has been working behind the scenes for sometime in …

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Ghana 2016 Presidential Election Scheduled For December 7

Election

Accra (AFP) – Ghana’s presidential election will now be held on December 7, after parliament voted against an amendment to push the vote forward by one month, the electoral commission said on Friday. Election date amendment rejected Lawmakers late on Thursday rejected a bill seeking to change the date for the polls from December 7 to the first Monday of …

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Africa: Brexit Raises Thorny Questions of Law and Politics

As the world continues to react to the shock of the Brexit referendum, international legal experts are turning their attention to the implications of Britain’s departure from the EU. The modalities of Brexit are laid down in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (Treaty of the European Union), which provides the exit clause that permits an EU member state to leave …

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Voter List Clean Up Called For Before 2016 Ghana Elections

Voter list “clean up” demanded in petition of a political pressure group to the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana prior to the nation’s November 7 presidential, parliamentary and local elections. The group — Let My Vote Count Alliance — also teamed up Wednesday with other civil society and opposition groups to protest in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi. David Asante, …

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Laurent Gbagbo in historic Hague trial

Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivorian president on January 28, 2016 pleaded not guilty to four charges of crimes against ­humanity as his trial opened five years after post-­election violence ravaged his nation. Mr Gbagbo becomes the first former head of state to stand in the dock at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in a case that will test the tribunal’s …

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Patrice Lumumba quotes for Black History Month

January 17, 2016 marked the 55th anniversary of the death of one of Africa’s foremost liberation heroes and anti-colonial leader Patrice Émery Lumumba who was murdered in a coup in 1961. A Pan-Africanist and iconic revolutionary, Lumumba, founder and leader of the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party was Congo’s independence leader and the first democratically elected leader of the country. He …

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