Unemployment among young people could be a major threat (photo:dpa)

Ghana gears up for elections in the wake of the death of a president

The West African state of Ghana is considered to be one of Africa’s success stories. The country will be holding presidential elections in December 2012 – an election which has taken on a new dimension since the death of its president, John Atta Mills, in July. But while Ghana is experiencing high economic growth, the new incumbent will face challenges, particularly on unemployment.

WHOEVER wins the next presidential election in Ghana has a hard act to follow. President John Atta Mills, the man who governed the country from 2008 until his death from throat cancer in July 2012, was widely seen as an example of good governance that set a new standard for accountability in Africa.

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President Mills came to power just one year after the discovery of the Jubilee oil fields
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