Ghanaian President John Mahama to be sworn in

  • Ghanaian President John Mahama is due to be sworn into office later today following a disputed election victory last month.

    Mahama, who became acting president in July, appealed to rivals who contested the December 7 result to stand united ahead of the inauguration.

    Last month, Ghana's main opposition party filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge Mahama's victory.

    The New Patriotic Party (NPP) rejected the results, alleging fraud.

    According to the election commission, Mahama secured 50.7 percent of votes, enough to avoid a run-off against NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo with 47.7 percent of the vote

    International election observers have described the poll as free and fair.

    Akufo-Addo lost the 2008 presidential run-off by one percentage point but accepted the result.

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