President of Ghana

It is a lawyer in his seventies that the Ghanaian people have chosen to run their country for the next four years. Akufo-Addo ran for office three times (2008, 2012, 2016) before succeeding on 7 December 2016. It was a close race, as in 2012 when he lost by only 300 000 votes, but Akufo- Addo finally won with 53.85% of the vote, ahead of the 44.4% won by the outgoing president John Dramani Mahama. Nana Akufo-Addo is a regular on the political scene. He has distinguished himself during the last 25 years in these electoral jousts, with the New Patriotic Party (NPP). From political stock, this native of the eastern part of the country (Kyebi) gets it from his father, Edward Akufo-Addo who has also served as the President of Ghana (1969 to 1972) and was one of the architects of independence. Nana Akufo-Addo is familiar with the parliamentary administration and the inner workings of the Ghanaian state, having occupied some important positions. He has been elected several times to parliament and has served as the Attorney General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. A graduate of the Oxford University, he practiced law in England and France before returning to Ghana. President Akufo-Addo promised at his inauguration that, during his term of office, he would put the country on the path to progress and prosperity in a “new Ghana.” The current tenant of Flagstaff House (Ghana's Presidency) received the support of his predecessor - who called on Ghanaians to gather behind the new head of state and to continue working for economic and social development. The transparent election of Akufo-Addo and the peaceful transition of power has strengthened Ghana's image on the African scene. The country is often cited as one of the continent’s best examples of a successful democracy.


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