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“I will accept the verdict of Ghanaians on 7th DECEMBER- President Akufo-Addo
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“I will accept the verdict of Ghanaians on 7th DECEMBER- President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment to the peace and stability of the country, and has assured the Ghanaian people of his readiness to accept the verdict of the election. “I have said that we believe in elections, and I am happy to give my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, I pledge that the peace, unity and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration,” the President said. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 4th December 2020, when he delivered a statement at the 2020 Peace Pact ceremony, held at the Movenpick Hotel, Accra. Having participated in this event on two previous occasions, he stressed that “on previous occasions, I have held to my part of the peace pact, and, o...
No labour strikes and agitations in four years- President Akufo-Addo
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No labour strikes and agitations in four years- President Akufo-Addo

The absence of labour strikes and agitations over the last four years is a clear indication of the seriousness the government attaches to labour issues, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said. The President said this when he met the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) in Accra yesterday as part of his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region. The President said his government had committed itself to maintaining a cordial relationship with organised labour and noted that labour issues, under his administration, were identified and quickly addressed before they could escalate He urged members of the associations to vote for him and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to enable it continue the path of sustainable growth and development. President Ak...
President Akufo-Addo swears in new Council of State President
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President Akufo-Addo swears in new Council of State President

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in the new President of the National House of Chiefs (NHC), Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi II, as a member of the Council of State. Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi II, who is the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anhwaiaso in the Western North Region, by institutional representation, replaces Togbe Afede XIV, the immediate past President of the NHC, who lost his re-election bid to him last month, on the Council. At a short ceremony on Friday at the Jubilee House, Accra, President Akufo-Addo congratulated him on his election as the President of the NHC and on his appointment as a member of the Council of State. He reminded the traditional ruler of the task ahead of him, as his predecessor, Togbe Afede, was an active Council member who made invaluable ...
Akufo-Addo, Mahama, pledge to commit to peace
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Akufo-Addo, Mahama, pledge to commit to peace

The flagbearers of the two leading political parties, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have pledged to commit to a peace as the nation goes to polls on Monday. The two leaders signed a peace pact in Accra on Friday December 4, 2020 and, in short remarks, pledged to commit to peace before, during and after the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and ensure the stability of the nation. President Akufo-Addo said just as he committed to the peace pacts signed in the 2012 and 2016 elections, he would commit to ensuring a peaceful election this year He indicated that the nation had gone through a long and torterous journey to get to the Fourth Republic a...
All electoral materials for polling stations deployed-EC Chair
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All electoral materials for polling stations deployed-EC Chair

Jean Mensah, EC Chair All electoral materials for elections at the various polling stations across the country have been deployed three days ahead of Monday's Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa has said. Speaking at the Presidential Elections Peace Pact currently ongoing in Accra, the commissioner said the EC has put in place all arrangments to ensure smooth conduct of the elections.  So far, she said the commission has been transparent in all aspects of its work during the preparation stages ahead of Monday's polls and is confident of a peaceful and credible elections.  "We have made information readily available to the general public," she said and noted that the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) has be...
“I doubt state’s commitment towards peaceful, credible elections”-Mahama
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“I doubt state’s commitment towards peaceful, credible elections”-Mahama

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has expressed doubt over the ability of institutions of state under the current administration to deliver a peaceful and credible elections on Monday. Speaking at a Peace Pact in Accra on Friday December 4, 2020, the former president recounted events of the Ayawaso By-Election and indicated that the unresolved issues raises doubt over the ability of the state to ensure a peaceful and credible election. Despite public commendation of the Electoral Commission for the successful preparation towards the December 7 polls, the former President does not believe the commission can deliver a credible election. That, notwithstainding, Mr Mahama pledged to uphold peace during the election but did not state specif...
Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country
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Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country

President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday that it is not important to him personally if President Trump attends his inauguration next month, but added that it would be important for the country to bear witness to a peaceful transfer of power. "Important in only one sense," Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper when asked if he thought it was important for Trump to attend his inauguration. "Not in a personal sense, important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he's created that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on." "It is totally his decision and it's of no personal consequence to me," he added, "but I do think it is for the country." Trump has not yet said whether he will at...
John Mahama: Ghana’s ‘Mr. Power Cut’ attempts a return to office
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John Mahama: Ghana’s ‘Mr. Power Cut’ attempts a return to office

Known as a man of the people, former Ghanaian president John Mahama's strong sense of humour rounds off his reputation as a skilled communicator -- a handy asset for any political campaign. During Mahama's time in office from 2012 to 2016, the global commodity rout hurt Ghana, known as an exporter of oil, gold, and cocoa, and the government went on a spending spree that ballooned debt. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI John Mahama, seen in 2016, faced a series of corruption allegations Mahama, head of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is running again to lead the West African nation despite his mixed track record, and is armed with fresh and ambitious promises. Electricity shortages were an unfortunate hallmark of Mahama's administration and led the former president t...
Mali Interim Government Considers Talks With Islamist Militants
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Mali Interim Government Considers Talks With Islamist Militants

(Bloomberg) -- Mali is considering talks with militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in an apparent departure from the stance of France, its main partner in the fight against jihadists. “Talks with these groups are in line with the will of the Malian people,” Moctar Ouane, the transitional government’s prime minister, told Paris-based broadcaster France 24 in an interview aired Thursday. Dialogue “complements the military operation and should be seen as an opportunity,” Ouane said. Al-Qaeda’s top commander in Mali, Iyad Ag Ghali, could be included in talks, he said.Fighters from a local armed group and pro-government armed group gather outside their headquarters in the town of Menaka on November 21, 2020. (Photo by SOULEYMANE AG ANARA/AFP via Getty Images) The commen...
Xi Declares End to Extreme Poverty in China, Meeting Party Goal
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Xi Declares End to Extreme Poverty in China, Meeting Party Goal

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping declared victory in an eight-year drive to eradicate extreme poverty in the world’s most populous nation, a key goal of the ruling Communist Party. “We have achieved in a timely manner the poverty alleviation goal of the new era,” Xi said at a meeting on Thursday of the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, China’s supreme decision-making body, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. He added that the incomes of nearly 100 million people had moved above China’s official poverty line -- defined as those who earn less than 11 yuan ($1.68) per day -- during that period. After assuming leadership of the Communist Party eight years ago, Xi made the drive to eliminate extreme poverty by 2020 one of his top goals. The party defines...
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