Ghana: Opposition leader Afuko-Addo wins presidential election

The country's election commission said Akufo-Addo received 53.8 per cent of the vote, Mahama 44.4 per cent. Photograph:( Reuters )

Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana Dec 09, 2016, 10.07 PM (IST)

Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won the Western African country's presidency on his third run for the office with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, Reuters reported. 

State broadcaster Ghana Television (GTV) yesterday alerted that President John Mahama had conceded defeat in a telephone call that Akufo-Addo confirmed with a tweet.

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Meanwhile. Mahama asked his supporters to maintain calm. He said whatever the result is, he would accept it.

The country's election commission said Akufo-Addo received 53.8 per cent of the vote, Mahama 44.4 per cent.

Mahama became president in July 2012 after the sudden death of the incumbent leader and then was elected to the position later that year.

Akufo-Addo’s campaign revolved around his New Patriotic Party (NPP) which he said could better manage an economy that has slowed since Mahama took power in 2013. 

The opposition was equally miffed at Ghana's high unemployment levels and underperforming GDP growth rates.

(WION with inputs from agencies)