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Can Ghana stop its borrowing binge?

Photo©©Stringer/ReutersThe government's high levels of debt are unsustainable and it is turning to costly borrowing in order to bridge deficits ahead of high-stakes elections in November.

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Ghana: UN envoy seeks unregulated security forces ban ahead of polls

Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Photo©DAVID KARP/AP/SIPAUnited Nations Secretary General's special representative, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has pressed on political parties in Ghana to ban unregulated security forces and seek dispute resolutions or dialogue through laid down structures, as polls draw closer.

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Ghana president under fire over $100,000 car gift

President John Mahama. ©Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAGhana President John Dramani Mahama has come under fire from anti-corruption campaigners and legal experts after he accepted a car gift worth $100 000 from a Burkinabe contractor.

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Ghana: We must keep working on our negotiation skills - Mahama

Ghana's President John Mahama. Photo©Francis Kokoroko for TARMahama is more popular than his party, but he faces criticism of recent energy deals. Polls already indicate a tight race ahead in the November national elections.

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Ghana president appoints new central bank chief 

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has appointed a new central bank governor to replace Kofi Wampah who recently took four months leave pending retirement this year.

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Ghana: President rebuts $37 billion debt claim

Ghana's President John Mahama. Photo©Francois Mori/AP/SIPAGhana's President John Mahama Dramani has debunked claims his administration is engrossed in reckless borrowing, racking up a $37 billion debt, which weakened the West African country's economy.

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Ghana's fiendish equation that does not add up

Before Ghana saw fit to dismantle its education system, children swotted for three critical exams – Common Entrance, 'O' Levels and 'A' Levels. Facing down long mathematical equations and with precious little time, Ghanaian children knew to apply BODMAS. Solving in this order – Bracket, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition and then Subtraction – should get you the right answer.

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Ghana to review MPs, government officials' salaries

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has come up with a five-member committee to review salaries and allowances of government appointees and members of parliament, according to the state's official website, though it did not say whether it would increase or reduce the wages.

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Ghana: John Mahama's government allays fears of attacks after taking in ex-Guantanamo detainees

A United States Department of Defence report in 2009 described Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef as posing a high risk to America, its interest and allies. Photo©US Dept of DefenseGhana's government has defended its decision to take in two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners at the request of the United States, saying the duo from Yemen do not pose any security risk.

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Ghana's controversial Dubai power deal and bus decorations spark outrage

File photo©ReutersGhana's decision to enter into a $510 million power deal with a Dubai based company to build a power station has sparked outrage amid claims the costs were inflated.

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Rethinking democracy and development

Franklin Cudjoe, head of Ghana thinktank IMANI, points to the phenomenon of the 'imperial presidency'. Photo©Francis KokorokoResults from surveys show that an answer to the question of what should take precedence - democracy or development - couldn't be more burning.

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Ghana makes progress on IMF designed structural reforms

Ghana has made progress on structural reforms under an International Monetary Fund programme designed to restore fiscal balance to its sagging economy, though at a "slower pace than expected in some areas," the IMF said in a review on Thursday.

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Ghana: Observers seek correction of anomalies ahead of presidential polls

Photo©ReutersA coalition of domestic election observers has called for tighter regulations ahead of Ghana's general polls in 2016 to avert polling irregularity following anomalies that marked local assemblies' elections on September 1.

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Ghana: Patients abandon gov't hospitals as doctors strike deepens

Military and police hospitals in Ghana's capital Accra have in the past few days been forced to erect tents, as they seek to handle an overwhelming number of patients who have thronged the institutions following an indefinite strike by doctors.

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Ghana's economy needs growth above 8 percent to create jobs

Ghana's cedi currency has lost about 30 percent against the dollar since the start of the year. Photo©ReutersGhana's economy needs to expand by more than eight percent a year to create jobs for its growing population, its president said on Wednesday, a tough challenge for a country battling a fiscal crisis and weaker prices for its commodity exports.

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Labour unrest rocks Ghana's public sector

Ghana's public sector has been hard hit by labour unrest, as more workers in the health and education sectors have laid down their tools, while others have served notice to strike over poor wages and unpaid salary arrears.

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Ghana: Man arrested on gun possession charges at president's church

President John Mahama of Ghana. File photo©ReutersGhanaian security officials on Sunday arrested a 36-year-old man who carried a weapon into a church where President John Dramani Mahama and other top government officials worship, a government spokesperson said in a statement.

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Ghana aims to push demand for local products after government embarrassment

Photo©ReutersGhanaian President John Dramani Mahama faced embarrassment and had his commitment to a campaign to promote local products and businesses questioned after his government procured office equipment from China instead of locally.

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Ghana: Changing of the guard

The pressure is now on NPP's presidential canditate, Akufo-Addo to win over the undecided and those disappointed with the NDCThe NPP opposition party is getting its house in order for elections in late 2016.

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Ghana's ruling party reclaims parliamentary seat in by-election

File photo©ReutersGhana's ruling party reclaimed a parliamentary seat from the main opposition on Tuesday in a closely contested by-election seen by both parties as a referendum on President John Mahama's rule ahead of a national election in 2016.

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