Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. John Mahama

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. John Mahama

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Ghana has a reputation both for the relatively harmonious conduct of its political life and for producing some of the most interesting (and complicated) political characters in post-independence Africa. Such figures have included Pan- Africanist independence leader Kwame Nkrumah, radical populist Jerry Rawlings, and former UN Secretary-General KofiAnnan. Ghanaians must hope that John Mahama will follow in their footsteps. His National Democratic Congress edged out the opposition by three per cent of the vote in the December 2012 elections.

Mahama comes from a privileged background and, though he flirted with socialism in his youth, he is unlikely to bring in radical reforms. He is a writer and historian of reputed charm and intelligence; hopes are high that he will see his country through a nascent oil boom fraught with potential peril. …

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