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Vol 39 No 3

Published 6th February 1998


Ghana

Finding flagbearers

Two years before the next election and amid more economic problems, the parties are agonising over their presidential candidates

The best chance for the ruling National Democratic Congress to win the election in 2000 would be to find a way to put up incumbent President Jerry John Rawlings for a third term. He is constitutionally barred but Accra is awash with stories about constitutional amendments. To change this would be a major political project: the government would have to hold a referendum and jump through several political hoops. Yet to judge by his recent public outings - reviewing the armed forces’ march past or energetically helping to dig out drainage canals in the Accra slums - Rawlings isn’t ready for retirement.

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