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Ghana president launches party manifesto

2012-10-04 22:20

Accra - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama launched his party's manifesto on Thursday ahead of December polls that experts say could be the closest ever in the West African nation.

He took office in July following the death of his predecessor John Atta Mills, who had been expected to seek re-election on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party ticket.

"We will commit more resources in building educational infrastructure," Mahama said, in a speech that laid out his policy priorities should he win a four-year term.

He also promised to "strengthen anti-corruption institutions to ensure that people found to have been involved in any form of corruption are dealt with".

The party also cited modernising agriculture as a key goal.

Mahama will face off against Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, who narrowly lost to Mills in 2008 polls. The NPP has been in power before and some analysts say Mills' death may have boosted its chances of unseating the NDC.

Ghana has been lauded for having some of the strongest democracy credentials in Africa and recently become a significant oil producer. The country of some 25 million is also a major exporter of cocoa and gold.