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Ghana swears in Akufo-Addo as president

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana's president on Saturday in a ceremony attended by dozens of African leaders.

Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo. Picture: AFP.

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.

The new president campaigned on a ticket to right the country’s faltering economy by building more factories and to address corruption.

He’s also promised free high school education.