Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed pride in Ghana’s democratic credentials after a seventh successive election.
He said on a continent where democratic traditions have been challenged, a peaceful election only “makes me feel proud to be a Ghanaian”.
He expressed these sentiments in a statement issued on Saturday to congratulate President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Nana Akufo-Addo beat incumbent John Dramani Mahama in December 7 polls to emerge Ghana’s fifth president in the Fourth Republic.
“I congratulate our new president-elect wholeheartedly, and I also commend President Mahama for graciously conceding defeat,” said the ex-Ghanaian international diplomat Annan.
“Mr. Akufo-Addo will be taking over at a time of economic difficulties but he has the skills and experience to help the country face up to this challenge.”
The polls were arguably the most peaceful conducted in Ghana.
With four constituencies yet to have results collated, the electoral body declared Nana Akufo-Addo winner with 53.85 per cent while the incumbent polled 44.40 per cent.
“The people of Ghana have proved worthy of our democratic tradition.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana