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Ghana: Will President Akufo-Addo pass the second-term test?

By Jonas Nyabor, Patrick Smith, in Accra
Posted on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 13:50

Ghana's President, Nana Akufo-Addo (C), meets with Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez (unseen) at La Moncloa Palace, in Madrid, Spain, 29 March 2021. EFE/ Zipi//

Having scraped through with 51.3% of the vote in the 2020 presidential election, Ghana's Nana Akufo-Addo faces a hung parliament, falling export revenues and mounting debt as he tries to push through his cherished policies.

Striding across the political scene for four decades, Nana Akufo-Addo was once seen as a rebel – a Nkrumaist at university and an anti-corruption and pro-democracy activist in the era of Jerry Rawlings and the Provisional National Defence Council. Now he has emerged as an ideal-type pragmatist with two presidential election victories under his belt.

The enthusiasm for leftism and Nkrumaism are long gone. Akufo-Addo’s father, Edward, was one of Ghana’s founding fathers and followed Kwame Nkrumah as president. Today, his son embodies the Danquah-Busia tradition on the right of Ghana’s spectrum. Akufo-Addo and Rawlings reconciled comprehensively, long before the latter’s sudden illness and death last year.