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Vol 50 No 8

Published 17th April 2009


Ghana

The Mills grind slowly

Under attack from his own party as well as the opposition, the President strives to shape his government

To mark his hundredth day in office on 17 April President John Evans Atta Mills gave his government eight out of ten for trying to fight corruption, protect citizens from armed robbers, cut the costs of government and fuel prices (AC Vol 50 Nos 2 & 3). Yet he faces friendly fire from members of his own party, cheered on by his former mentor, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings. Rawlings believes Mills's presidency has been hijacked by lukewarm supporters of the National Democratic Congress that he founded in 1992. He describes Mills as 'slow' and surrounded by 'mediocrities'. Other targets are Vice-President John Dramani Mahama; Paul Victor ('PV') Obeng, who headed Mills's political transition team; the brothers Kwamena, Kwesi and Ato Ahwoi; former Finance Minister Kwame Peprah; and the NDC's one-time éminence grise, former security chief Kojo Tsikata.

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