Opposition Leader Akufo-Addo Officially Declared Winner of the Presidential Election in Ghana
The opposition candidate in the Presidential election in Ghana has officially defeated the incumbent President John Mahama.
Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo
Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday’s tightly contested presidential election.
President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to admit defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Elect0ral Commission announced the result.
Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and more factories but critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.
Celebrations have broken out in the capital, Accra.
Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992 and this result is seen as reinforcing its reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations.
Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, won the election on his third attempt to reach the presidency, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.
"I make this solemn pledge to you tonight: I will not let you down," he told a jubilant crowd in front of his residence.
"I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations."
Ghana’s Elect0ral Commission (EC) declared Mr Akufo-Addo the winner, with 53.85% of the votes, while Mr Mahama took 44.40%. Turnout was at 68.62%.