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  • An economist and former central bank governor, Mahamudu Bawumia, was sworn in as vice president.

    GHANA, 2017/01/09 Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president on Saturday, pledging to cut taxes and boost the private sector to accelerate increase in an economy that’s recording its slowest expansion in two decades. “We believe that the business of government is to govern; ours is to set equitable rules, and we will provide vision and direction and shine the light down the path of our entrepreneurs and farmers,” Akufo-Addo, 72, said during the ceremony in the capital, Accra. “We are counting on a vibrant private sector to drive increase and create jobs.”
  • Ghana election: Opposition leader Akufo-Addo declared winner

    GHANA, 2016/12/10 Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday's tightly contested presidential election. President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to admit defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Electoral Commission announced the result. Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and additional factories but critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Celebrations have broken out in the capital, Accra.
  • African Union Commission Chairperson approves the deployment of 40 short-term observers to the 7 December 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections in the Republic of Ghana

    GHANA, 2016/11/28 The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of 40 short-term observers to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Ghana scheduled for 7 December 2016. The short-term observers will complement the work of 4 core team of election analysts and 10 long-term observers who have been deployed in the country since late October 2016, and have been following and reporting on the pre-election preparations and in general political environment.
  • Ghana's ruling party votes massively for Mahama's second term bid

    GHANA, 2015/11/23 Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) voted massively to affirm President John Mahama as its candidate for elections next year, setting the stage for a tight race between him and his major 2012 rival. A lot of expect the 2016 contest to be tough for Mahama, whose government is grappling with economic challenges and has signed a three-year aid transaction with the International Monetary Fund to replace fiscal balance. Mahama, who won 95.1 % of the valid votes declared on Sunday, said the overwhelming renewal of his mandate had re-energized him to face the challenges and improve the livelihood of Ghanaians.
  • The Ghana party gave pictorial evidence in support of its claim

    GHANA, 2015/08/27 The New Patriotic Party (NPP), early last week, called a news conference and alleged that over 76,000 Togolese names are on Ghana's national voters register. The party gave pictorial evidence in support of its claim, and demanded that the Electoral Commission (EC) prepares new voters register to replace the current one. This, the Elephant Party noted, is the only way the electoral body can ensure free and equitable elections next year. A day next the NPP's news conference, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well addressed a similar forum and called on the EC to ignore the claim being made by the opposition party. According to the ruling party, granted that 76,000 Togolese voters are on the register, relevant laws of the land have made provision for the removal of such names from the register. To the NDC, the NPP is only raising a false alarm, which should not be entertained by the EC.
  • President John Dramani Mahama's New Year message

    GHANA, 2015/01/05 President John Dramani Mahama's New Year message in which he told his countrymen that 2015 would see a major turnaround in the country's challenges and Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson's call for a national government were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. “Don't lose hope. 2015 Year of turnaround – President,” was the headline of the national-owned Graphic on Thursday on the President's New Year message. The story quoted President Mahama as saying: 'The New Year before us has a wide expanse of possibility.'
  • Ghana’s president acknowledges tough times but holds out better future

    GHANA, 2014/02/27 Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama, has acknowledged the tough times his country is going through but gives the assurance that the difficulties are temporary. He said in his National of the Country address to Parliament on Tuesday that painful but significant measures were being implemented that would produce positive results. The president said the economy was 'resilient' and 'strong', adding: “Despite the short-term challenges we face, our economic fundamentals remain sound and our mid-term goals are bright...I assure you we shall begin to see the benefits of the sacrifices we are making very any minute at this time.”
  • President hopeful of new opportunities in 2014

    GHANA, 2013/12/30 Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama’s high hopes for 2014, increase in water and electricity tariffs and speculation of a cabinet reshuffle early in the New Year were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana during the week. “President hopeful of new opportunities in 2014,” was headline of the national-owned Graphic on President Mahama’s statement at a national thanksgiving service organised in Accra by a women’s group, Aglow International-Ghana. The newspaper said President Mahama assured Ghanaians that new doors of opportunities would be opened in 2014.
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.
  • Youth in Kwahu West Municipality receive start-up equipment

    GHANA, 2012/12/19 Additional than 328 youth in the Kwahu West Municipality have received sewing machines and hair dryers under the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) program after their months apprenticeship. The equipment is to assist the beneficiaries to establish their own businesses and as well train others to be self-employed to reduce the high unemployment rate of the country.