72 year old Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party has won the Ghana Presidential elections on his third attempt by defeating President John Mahama in a tightly contested campaign. The president-elect will be sworn in on January 7 after a one-month transition period.
|President Elect Nana Akufo-Addo|
Mr Akufo-Addo had lost previous elections in 2008 and 2012 but the way he handled those losses resonated with many people. He is credited with preventing possible violence in 2012 by not rejecting the outcome - a loss by 300,000 votes to current President John Mahama - and calling for mass protests.
Instead, he sought legal redress and accepted defeat after the Supreme Court upheld the result. The 72-year-old son of former chief justice and ceremonial President Edward Akufo-Addo retained his 2012 electoral promise to provide free high-school education.