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John Dramani Mahama (L) and Nana Akufo-Addo (R). Photo: AFP/Wikimedia CC

By Andah John with agency report

Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has been declared winner of Ghana’s presidential election, defeating incumbent president John Mahama.

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According to Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Akufo-Addo polled 53.85% of the votes, while Mahama took 44.40%.

“It’s my duty to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as President-elect of the Republic of Ghana,” Charlotte Osei, the commission’s chairwoman told media at its headquarters in Accra.

Mahama’s defeat is the first for a sitting president since Ghana returned to multi-party democracy in 1992.

Mahama calls Akufo-Addo

And following his victory, Akufo-Addo tweeted that the president had phoned him to congratulate him.

Winner after three attempts

Electoral victory has finally come at the third attempt for Akufo-Addo. The 72-year-old lawyer has promised to industrialise the country and build factories in each of Ghana’s 216 districts.