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Ghana Shows Maturity At The Polls By Peacefully Voting Out Incumbent President

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Nana Akufo-Addo

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Ghana has once again shown maturity at the polls by peacefully voting out the incumbent President. Ghana’s opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo was declared the winner of presidential elections late Friday.

 Nana Akufo-Addo secured the country’s highest office on his third attempt. Thus, helping to cement the West African nation’s reputation as a model for democracy on the continent.

The 72-year old Oxford-educated lawyer and leader of the New Patriotic Party accepted a concession from President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress. Shortly afterward, Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei, formally declared Mr. Akufo-Addo had won 53.8% of the vote to Mr. Mahama’s 44.4%.

“I make this solemn pledge to you tonight: I will not let you down. Also, I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations.” Nana Akufo-Addo told supporters in front of his residence.

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