Ghanaians have narrowly voted-in John Atta Mills of the opposition National Democratic Congress as the country’s new President. But it was one of the closest elections in Africa – Mills emerged with 50.23 per cent of the vote, his rival Nana Akufo-Addo from the ruling New Patriotic Party won 49.77 per cent. The run-off had been so close that it all hinged on the last constituency to vote. In a country of 23.5 million people, just 53,000 in the constituency of Tain held sway.Ghana’s political stability has helped attract foreign investment – most recently under the rule of the respected outgoing President John Kufuor. The closeness of the result has challenged that stability and raised tensions in a country which is due to start producing oil next year. There have already been claims of violence on both sides, though foreign observers say the election was mostly peaceful.
Ghana elects new President