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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008


Ghana

The departed return

Familiar faces are lining up again as the parties get ready for election time

With elections ahead on 7 December - and the prospect of prolonged powerlessness for the losers - prodigal sons and daughters are rushing to rejoin Ghana's two main political parties. One conspicuous returnee is Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a former Trade Minister, also known as Alan Cash for his lavish campaigning style (AC Vol 48 No 24): he was runner-up in last December's contest for presidential candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). On 17 April, Kyerematen unexpectedly took 'absence without leave' in protest at what he said was harassment of his supporters. Two weeks later, President John Agyekum Kufuor persuaded him to walk back in again.

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