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Ghana Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood swears in Ghanian Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia at the Independence square in Accra, Ghana January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Ghana swears in Akufo-Addo as president

ACCRA: Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president on Saturday in a ceremony attended by dozens of African leaders, sealing a rare peaceful transfer of power in a region plagued by political crises.

Akufo-Addo, 72, a former opposition leader, defeated incumbent John Dramani Mahama in elections a month ago.

The major cocoa and gold exporter is half-way through a three-year aid programme with the International Monetary Fund to fix an economy dogged by high public debt and inflation.

(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Tim Cocks and John Stonestreet)

– Reuters

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