Saturday, 7 January 2017

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo to be sworn in as president today

Nana Akufo-Addo is to be sworn in as Ghana's new president after beating incumbent leader John Mahama in last month's election.

Some 11 African heads of state and more than 6,000 people are expected in the ceremony in the capital, Accra, where security will be tight.

Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories.

But critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, was elected on his third attempt to reach the post, after a campaign dominated by the country's faltering economy.
Mr Mahama and former leaders John Rawlings and John Kufuor are expected to attend the ceremony in the capital's Independence Square.

Major roads in and around the area have been cordoned off.



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