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Vol 48 No 24

Published 30th November 2007


Ghana

Who spends, wins

Free-spending candidates and their business backers dominate the governing New Patriotic Party's choice of a new leader

The race to pick the New Patriotic Party's next presidential candidate is turning nasty, as millions of cedis are spent on the primary election campaigns and arguments over party rules. President John Agyekum Kufuor has served his two terms and must go. The two highest-spending candidates to succeed him are ex-Foreign Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and ex-Trade Minister Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen. Activists say that they are in the lead, but there could be surprises when delegates from across the country vote at the NPP Congress on 22 December. Since 18 candidates have paid their US$25,000 nomination fee, no candidate is likely to be elected in the first round of voting.

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