Ghana’s ruling party reclaimed a parliamentary seat from the main opposition on Tuesday in a closely contested by-election seen by both parties as a referendum on President John Mahama’s rule ahead of a national election in 2016.
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will view its victory in the rural Talensi seat in Upper East region as evidence that it remains viable heading into the December 2016 election season after a series of setbacks.
Mahama’s government won election in 2012 but is facing power shortages that cause prolonged electricity blackouts that have angered voters and hurt businesses.
It has also been forced into an aid programme with the International Monetary Fund in an attempt to restore fiscal stability and jumpstart rapid GDP growth.
Growth has slowed sharply since 2014 due to a fall in global commodity prices for the country’s exports of gold, oil and cocoa and a fiscal crisis viewed by many as the result of government mismanagement of the macro-economy. Read more
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