Ghana’s President Nana Aku-Addo Vows to Restore Growth After Election Win

Ghana’s President Nana Aku-Addo Vows to Restore Growth After Election Win

Akufo-Addo got 6.73 million votes, or 51.6% of valid ballots, while his closest rival John Mahama, of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, got 47.4%, the head of the country’s electoral commission, Jean Mensa, told journalists Wednesday in the capital, Accra. The front-runners were separated by just over 500,000 votes.

“My immediate task will be to begin the process of reversing the effect Covid-19 has had on our economy and on our lives,” Akufo-Addo said in a speech from his home in Accra. “Before the pandemic struck, Ghana in recent years was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and, I give you my word, we will bring back that reputation.”

Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party campaigned on the need to consolidate the achievements of his first term, including free senior-secondary school education, an industrialization drive and the bolstering of farmers’ incomes in world’s second-largest cocoa producer. The ease with which he will push through policies will depend on parliamentary election results, which were still being counted Wednesday.

“The Ghanaian people have made it loud and clear that the two parties, NPP and NDC, must work together especially in parliament for the good of the country,” he said in the speech broadcast live by Accra-based radio Joy FM.