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Vol 42 No 2

Published 26th January 2001


Ghana

Brief honeymoon

President Kufuor's new team will have to take some tough decisions on the economy

The rest of the world congratulated Ghanaians for two well-run rounds of voting and a credible transition from one elected government to another. The New Patriotic Party's victory in Ghana, following opposition victories last year in Senegal and Mauritius, showed an important alternative tradition in African politics. Yet newly elected President John Kufuor wasn't allowed to enjoy a honeymoon. Within five days of his 7 January inauguration, he was embroiled in a row over his official visit to Togo to celebrate the anniversary of Gnassingbé Eyadéma's seizure of power 34 years ago.

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