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  • Ghana TV: President Concedes Defeat to Opposition Leader

  • The country's election commission said Akufo-Addo received 53.8 percent of the vote, Mahama 44.4 percent

Police stand guard at the entrance of Ghana electoral commission office in Accra, Ghana, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Despite a relatively peaceful election, tensions are growing after the main opposition New Patriotic Party on Thursday urged incumbent President John Dramani Mahama to concede defeat after the NPP's internal polling data determined the opposition was poised to win. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba), photo: AP/Sunday Alamba

09 of December 2016 19:25:30


ACCRA, Ghana — Ghana's longtime opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidency late Friday on his third run for the office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy in this long stable democracy.State broadcaster Ghana Television (GTV) alerted that President John Mahama had conceded defeat in a telephone call that Akufo-Addo 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 Akufo-Addo received 53.8 percent of the vote, Mahama 44.4 percent.Mahama became president in July 2012 after the sudden death of the incumbent leader and then was elected to the position later that year.Before Wednesday's election, the opposition had emphasized Ghana's high unemployment levels and underperforming GDP growth rates to appeal to frustrated voters.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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