Ghana. In early January, John Mahama was installed as
Ghana's new president. As vice president, he had only taken
over the presidency temporarily when his representative John
Atta Mills died in July 2012. In December 2012, Mahama won
the presidential election in the first round, but the
opposition party NPP (New Patriotic Party) claimed that
electoral fraud occurred and appealed the election result.
When Mahama took office, the Supreme Court was still
investigating the issue of electoral fraud. In August, the
court decided to dismiss the appeal. According to
Countryaah, the court ruled that Mahama was the rightful winner in the election with just
under 51% of the vote against close to 48 for NPP candidate
Nana Akufo-Addo. The latter said he would respect the
Supreme Court's decision.
In April, at least 16 people were killed when an
abandoned gold mine collapsed in central Ghana. The mine
must have been popular with illegal gold diggers. Ghana is
one of the world's largest gold producers. In June, the
authorities arrested more than 100 people, most of them
Chinese, who worked in mines and lacked a permit.