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>> The electorate in Ghana choosing its next president. Deciding who will run the West African country for the next four years. Current President John Mahama is running for a second and final term. But with the economy slowing sharply since he took power, the vote could be close. Reuter's Matthew Bigg is in Accra.
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>> He's presided over a difficult economic system because there's been a sharp slowdown in growth since he took power in 2013. This is a country that exports gold, cocoa and oil and global prices for those commodities have been a lot lower. So times have been tough and that has made the president vulnerable at this election.
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>> There have been few opinion polls, but most political analysts say opposition leader and former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo will put up a strong fight.>> His party argues that the government has mismanaged the economy and squandered the country's new oil wealth. And since growth has slowed markedly since this government took power, they have a strong case with many voters.
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The party argues that they would create jobs and grow the economy much faster. But Akufo-Addo has run and lost twice before in their attempt to become president of Ghana. And many people think that this is his last chance.>> Ghana is often held up as a beacon of democracy in West Africa, with a track record of peaceful elections.
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The ruling National Democratic Congress says Ghana is poised for a return to growth above 8%. But the opposition New Patriotic Party, says the government squandered resources, causing hardship and a rise in unemployment.