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Vol 46 No 12

Published 10th June 2005


Hotel Hullaballoo

A lady, a hotel, a president and an old-fashioned political scandal

Gizelle Yazji, a Florida-based Iraqi financial consultant, claims that she negotiated the purchase of a US$3.5 million hotel in Accra's upmarket Airport district on behalf of President John Agyekum Kufuor. His government and the ruling New Patriotic Party are gravely embarrassed. Newspapers close to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) first published Yazji's allegation that she had negotiated the purchase from Anthony Saoud, a Ghanaian timber merchant of Lebanese extraction, and that the transaction had been fronted by the President's eldest son, John Addo Kufuor.

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