On 7 January, President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo will officially commence his second term in office following the inauguration of the new parliament the same day. The ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) wafer-thin majority will be put to a first test when parliament elects its speaker and deputy speakers as the first orders of business.… Read the rest
In the evening of 9 December, the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) declared President Nana Akufo-Addo the winner of Monday’s presidential election with 51.3% of valid votes cast, against 47.4% cast in favor of his main opponent John Mahama (see chart below).… Read the rest
President Nana Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) are the frontrunners in the 7 December general elections. While the few reliable polls available all indicate that Akufo-Addo has a strong lead over John Mahama, the presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the battle for control of the 275-seat parliament may be a tighter race.… Read the rest
- President Nana Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) remain the frontrunners in presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 December.
- If defeated, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of John Mahama may challenge the results in court, which would spell months of uncertainty.
Last week’s mid-year budget review paints a dire picture of Ghana’s fiscal position, but things could get even worse as steeper budget overruns loom in the context of the general elections scheduled for 7 December.… Read the rest
On 25 June, Ghana’s Supreme Court dismissed a case filed by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC). The latter can now go ahead and compile an entirely new electoral register ahead of the 7 December general election.… Read the rest
On 19 April, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the lifting of the partial lockdown that had been in place in the capital Accra and the commercial hub Kumasi since 30 March. However, other social distancing measures and travel restrictions will remain in place.… Read the rest
On 13 April, the IMF Executive Board approved the disbursement of USD 1bn under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), which is by far the largest disbursement from this facility to any country during the Covid-19 crisis so far.… Read the rest
The government appears to be the most proactive in the fight against COVID-19 compared with West African peers, both in terms of containment measures and its efforts to soften the economic impact of the disease.… Read the rest
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s announcement last week that he would run in the 7 December presidential election comes as no surprise. The weakness of the opposition makes Akufo-Addo the frontrunner, rather than his popularity or the impressive economic headline numbers.… Read the rest