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Vol 43 No 7

Published 5th April 2002


Ghana

Grabbing at growth

Political troubles mean the government has to do better with the economy

Suddenly Ghana is in political crisis. For the last decade, the country's development of a constitutional democracy and political stability amid the turbulence of West Africa was a source of national pride. Even if the economy was weak, government-dominated and aid-dependent, the political system was making headway. Now, a series of clashes in the north have changed the picture.Last week, a militant group murdered the King of the Dagombas, Ya-na Yakubu Andani, and 25 of his supporters in the town of Yendi. For several days, the Abudus and the Andanis ­ both sub groups of the Dagomba ­ clashed on the streets; the King's Andani supporters blamed the Abudu for his murder. Days later, the government announced a state of emergency in the north and Interior Minister Malik Yakubu and Northern Region Minister Imoro Andani resigned.

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