Why a Major Corruption Scandal Probably Won’t Upend Ghana’s Election

Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, after the funeral of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in Accra, Ghana, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, after the funeral of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in Accra, Ghana, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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President Nana Akufo-Addo’s bid for a second term in Ghana’s upcoming general election took a hit last month, when the country’s anti-corruption czar, Martin Amidu, announced his resignation, citing political interference and lack of support from the government for his work. The incident is a setback for Ghana’s anti-graft campaign, which has seen mixed progress under Akufo-Addo’s government. But while it is a significant development that is injecting some uncertainty ahead of next Monday’s polls, it is unlikely to definitively swing the election result in favor of the opposition candidate, former President John Mahama. Amidu stepped down as special prosecutor […]

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