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Opposition Candidate Wins Ghanaian Presidency

January 4th, 2009

Opposition Candidate Wins Ghanaian Presidency

By Scott Stearns
VOA
Dakar
03 January 2009

Tax law professor John Atta-Mills is Ghana's next president. The opposition candidate won a hard-fought, much-delayed election to succeed outgoing president John Kufuor.

With results in from Ghana's final electoral constituency, Atta-Mills beat ruling-party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo by fewer than 41,000 votes. Electoral Commission Chairman Kwado Afari-Gyan named Atta-Mills the winner. "On the basis of the official results given, it is my duty to declare Professor John Evans Atta-Mills president-elect of the Republic of Ghana," he said.

Atta-Mills supporters outside the Electoral Commission celebrated his win, shouting that this year they have brought change to Ghana and will bury the elephant, which is the symbol of the ruling National Patriotic Party.

In his third run for the presidency, Atta-Mills withstood two rounds of voting and a special election in a single constituency Friday to claim 50.23 percent of the vote.
Both the ruling party and the opposition National Democratic Congress accused the other of vote fraud, but Electoral Chairman Gyan said the commission did not find sufficient evidence to invalidate the overall result.

Ruling-party candidate Akufo-Addo conceded defeat and congratulated Atta-Mills. But he said party lawyers will go to court over accusations of opposition intimidation in the Volta district. "This is today a divided country, and these times call for leadership from all of us," he said.

Atta-Mills told his supporters that he hopes the two parties can work together to build a better country. "Let me say, that the elections are over. We now have one Ghana. There is no NDC Ghana. There is no NPP Ghana. There is no CPP Ghana. There is one Ghana," he said.

The 64-year-old president-elect congratulated Akufo-Addo for giving him a good fight and assured Ghanians that there will be no recriminations against those who did not support him. "I want to assure all Ghanaians that I will be president for all. There will be no discrimination," he said.

Atta-Mills not only captured the presidency but led his party to big gains in parliament, ending the ruling party's legislative majority by winning 114 of the 228 seats in Ghana's parliament.

Atta-Mills is a former national tax commissioner who served as vice president to Jerry Rawlings who came to power in a coup 27 years ago. Mr. Rawlings introduced some economic and political reforms before handing over to President Kufuor in 2001.

Atta-Mills is from Ghana's central region. He studied law at London's School of Oriental and African Studies and at Stanford Law School in California as a Fulbright scholar. He is an avid swimmer and played on Ghana's national field hockey team. He and wife Ernestina Naadu Mills have a 19-year-old son.

South African President Mbeki formally resigns

September 21st, 2008

South African President Mbeki formally resigns

South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his formal resignation Sunday during a televised address but did not say when he would leave office.

Mbeki said the African National Congress will determine when his resignation takes effect.

His resignation will clear the way for his longtime political rival, Jacob Zuma, to run for the office in spring

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"Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit," she said of the Democratic presidential nominee.

"Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights.

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Iran Tests Missiles Amid Tensions with US, Israel

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Iran has test-fired nine long and medium range missiles, including one officials say has sufficient range to reach Israel

Iran's state television station reported Wednesday the missiles tested included a new version of the Shahab-3 missile, which officials have said could reach targets 2,000 kilometers away.

A top commander for Iran's Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami was quoted as saying the military exercise is to show Iran's readiness to defend itself against "enemies."

The White House today urged Iran to stop the development of ballistic missiles immediately and refrain from further missile tests.

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe called Iran's development of ballistic missiles a "violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions and "inconsistent" with Iran's obligations to the world.

The tests come at a time of increased tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

An aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Tuesday that Israel and the U.S. naval fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the first targets to be "set on fire" if the U.S. attacks Iran over its nuclear activities.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of working to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran says its atomic program is for peaceful purposes.

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he does not foresee the possibility of war between Iran and the United States or Israel.

World powers have been pressing Iran to stop its program of uranium enrichment, a process that could be used in making nuclear weapons.