Since its return to a multi-party political system more than two decades ago, Ghana has taken major strides towards democracy, with its judiciary proving independent and generally gaining the trust of Ghanaians. Ghana consistently ranks in the top three for freedom of the press and freedom of speech in Africa, with broadcast media strongest and radio the most far-reaching medium of communication. These factors put Ghana in an enviable position and provide it with social capital.

On 7 December 2016, Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party was elected President. The electoral process was peaceful with Akufo-Addo receiving 54% of the vote to former President Mahama’s 44.5%, averting a second round of elections. Akufo-Addo and Mahumdu Bawumia were sworn-in as president and vice-president on 7 January 2017. The President has since sworn-in his Ministers of State. The size of his victory clears the way for him to implement his political agenda but significant economic challenges remain. The President in his maiden State of the Nation address has pledged to reduce the budget deficit and cut waste in all sectors of public life.

 

 

With thanks to World Bank [source]