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Ghana transfixed as court throws Mahama elections into doubt

Ghana’s Supreme Court must decide in the coming months whether or not to overturn December elections that handed the presidency to John Mahama, in a rare case of African judicial vigour that has transfixed the country. Proceedings in a packed courtroom, where opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo is challenging the outcome of the 2012 poll, are broadcast live on the radio and blare from cars and buses as the population of 25 million tunes in for the latest developments. Legal experts say the verdict, expected sometime between late June and August, is too close to call, and several believe there is a genuine chance the court could invalidate the victory of … Continue reading

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Ghana extradites Ivory Coast Gbagbo ally

Ivory Coast’s former youth minister and ally of former President Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, has been extradited from Ghana, officials say. Mr Ble Goude denies leading pro-Gbagbo militias who attacked foreigners and northerners during the unrest which followed disputed elections in 2010. He has been in hiding since April 2011, when Mr Gbagbo was arrested. The former president is now awaiting trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. Goude was head of Young Patriots(COJEP), a focal point of young supporters of Gbagbo. Some 3,000 people lost their lives in the four-month crisis after Mr Gbagbo refused to accept defeat. Several Gbagbo allies have gone into exile … Continue reading

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Ghana’s NPP party considers challenge to Mahama win

Ghana’s main opposition party says it is considering legal action to annul President John Mahama’s victory in Friday’s fiercely contested election. NPP chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey told the BBC it would decide on Tuesday whether there was “robust” evidence to prove the result had been manipulated. The election commission said Mr Mahama had secured 50.7% of votes, compared to NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo’s 47.7 per cent. Ghana is regarded as one of Africa’s most stable democracies. African Union (AU) commission chairman, Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni, has flown to Ghana for talks with Mr Mahama and Mr Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s privately-owned Joy FM radio station reports on its website. Mr Lamptey … Continue reading

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All set for today’s Ghanaian general election

Ghana’s electoral commission chief has told the BBC everything is ready for Friday’s parliamentary and presidential elections, in a country seen as a model for democracy in Africa. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan said the new biometric voter identification system worked smoothly during extensive tests. President John Mahama, 54, is expected to face a strong challenge from Nana Akufo-Addo, 68. The 2008 election was decided by just 30,000 votes in the run-off. After gaining the most votes in the first round, Mr Akufo-Addo, from the then governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), was praised for peacefully accepting his defeat. Mr Mahama, from the National Democratic Congress, took over as president after John Atta Mills … Continue reading

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Argentina asks U.N. court to tell Ghana to release ship

Argentina has asked a United Nations court  to order the immediate release of a tall  naval training vessel being held in Ghana, West Africa at the request of holders of Argentine bonds which they say are due for repayment. The Ghanaian authorities detained the sailing frigate ARA Libertad in the port of Tema on October 2 at the request of hedge fund NML Capital Ltd, which says Argentina owes it $300 million on bonds which have been in default since 2002. Last week creditors won a U.S. court ruling ordering Argentina to pay $1.3 billion to sovereign bond holders who had shunned debt restructuring deals in 2005 and 2010. But Susana Ruiz Cerutti, head of … Continue reading

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Mahama gets NDC party nomination for December elections

Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party have nominated President John Dramani Mahama as its candidate for a December presidential race, hoping a near-unanimous vote will restore unity after months of infighting. Mahama, who replaced the late president John Atta Mills as head of the cocoa, gold and oil-producing nation when he died last month, was the party’s intended candidate but had to be confirmed by a vote of the party congress in the town of Kumasi. He won 99.5 percent of 2,792 ballots cast in a vote that the party hopes will mend rifts that have centred mainly on a leadership challenge from the former first lady and wife … Continue reading

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