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Ghana presidential candidate selects first female running mate for major party

ACCRA - Former Ghana President John Mahama said on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party s presidential ticket. The Dec. 7 poll will pit Mahama, who governed from 2012 to early 2017, against his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo, who defeated him in the late 2016 election. Opoku-Agyeman, 69, is a former education minister and university professor. She became the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, according to the announcement on Mahama s Facebook page. He called her God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant and a role model . Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia were formally nominated last month by their New Patriotic Party (NPP) to contest the election. The presidency has changed hands repeatedly between the NPP and Mahama s National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1992 in a series of peaceful elections that have cemented Ghana s reputation as one of West Africa s most stable democracies. REUTERS


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