John Mahama, Ghana's affable but embattled president

Ghana President John MahamaGhana’s President John Mahama is a man of the people who is known for his good humour, but has been forced onto the back foot by his country’s lacklustre growth. Mahama, now 58, came to power in 2012 after narrowly defeating the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also running in Wednesday’s presidential election. The global commodity rout hurt Ghana — a global exporter of oil, gold and cocoa — but the ballooning debt made things much worse.

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