[The election in Ghana was last weekend, but with a string of internet troubles, losing three drafts of this post and, to be honest, a severe case of lassitude, I’m only just getting to it now.]
When you think of elections in Africa, what comes to mind? Angry riots? Machetes? Guns? Despotic leaders clinging to power, well past their used by date?
Maybe not these two young men, wearing opposing parties t-shirts, tied together, carrying a sign of ‘PEACE’, walking through Konongo Market, blowing their vuvuzela, the day after the winner was declared.
Like Australia, Ghana is basically a 2 party system, with smaller parties and independents garnering a minimal vote. But, unlike Australia (grrr…), Ghana is a republic and so there is a direct vote for president. Ghana’s former president, John Atta Mills of the NDC, died in August; and was succeeded by John Dramani Mahama; who was successful…
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