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Ghana is becoming a ‘disguised dictatorship’, say worried activists

By Jonas Nyabor
Posted on Thursday, 22 July 2021 15:09

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo (John MacDougall/Pool via AP, File)

Africa's most respected democracy is showing worrying signs of backsliding. From protests against election-rigging being closed down by pliant courts, to violence from police against activists pushing for change, activists claim the second term of President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken an authoritarian turn. Not so, say the government, who blame the poor economy they inherited.

Ghana’s largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) staged a large protest on July 6 against killings and rising levels of insecurity in the country. Protestors walked through the streets, dancing and chanting to loud music, before presenting their petitions to the presidency and parliament.