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Voters in Ghana hope for economic reform from president-elect

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 01:07

Voters celebrate the news of Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo winning the nation's presidential election and hope the 72-year-old will real genuine economic reform. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The scene late Friday on the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra, were jubilant. It had been an anxious day, as supporters of opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo -- whose victory was broadly accepted -- waited for OFFICIAL results to finally come in. (today pics newspapers) Voters hope 72-year old Akufo-Addo will bring in genuine economic reform. He beat out President John Mahama by well over 9 percent, after the opposition accused the government of mismanaging the nation's finances and squandering its oil wealth. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOTER, DANIEL CARL NARTEY, SAYING: "There is no money in our pockets as they promised 8 years ago. So what do you expect us to do? It's to push you out and bring another person for a fresh idea." This is the third time since 2000 that Ghana's government was peacefully voted out of power. The election means Ghana keeps its reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in a region that's otherwise blighted by civil wars and coups.

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Voters in Ghana hope for economic reform from president-elect

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 01:07