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Ghana stays on track

Can Ghana's new president build on the country's success?

By Tim Wigmore  

the inauguration of John Mahama as president of Ghana on Monday (photo: Government ZA)

The latest proof of Ghana’s democratic maturity came on Monday. John Mahama was inaugurated as president after a violence-free election victory that was widely applauded by international observers.

Since democratisation in 1992, Ghana has emerged as a political model for the rest of the continent. Despite a traumatic history that included five military coups between 1966 and 1981 alone, the country has shown itself to be capable of withstanding the toughest political tests. Wider…

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