GHANA - Between election campaign and quest for justice Spécial


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Three major events punctuated the news in Ghana. At a time when the country is trying to emerge from one of the worst economic crises in its history, the economic situation that President Nana Akufo-Addo will leave behind is likely to be the key issue in the forthcoming elections. It was no doubt with this in mind that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, representing the ruling party, launched his presidential campaign by highlighting his economic record and digitization program. Despite the challenges of increased indebtedness and the economic consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic, Bawumia promised to stimulate economic growth by focusing on the private sector and broadening the tax base through digitization. Last January, Ghana benefited from a small breath of fresh air. This was thanks to a $600 million payment from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of its aid program, following the announcement of an agreement to restructure the country's external debt.

Ahead of Ghana's December presidential election, John Mahama, the main opposition candidate, has chosen Jane Opoku-Agyemang, former Minister of Education, as his running mate for the vice-presidency. This is the second time Mahama has chosen Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate, in a country where women are under-represented in politics. The election promises to be a close one between Mahamudu Bawumia of the ruling party and John Dramani Mahama of the opposition. Opoku-Agyemang, who enjoys strong support in Ghana's central states, will bring his campaigning experience to the presidential race.

On the other hand, the investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale in January 2019 remains at a standstill. Hussein-Suale, known for his revelations on corruption cases involving high-ranking officials, was shot dead in Accra. Despite the arrest of initial suspects in 2019, no conclusive evidence has been found, raising concerns about impunity and the safety of journalists in Ghana. Ranked 22nd in 2015, the country is currently 62nd in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press freedom index.