72 year-old human rights lawyer, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, will be sworn in today as Ghana’s new president.

He succeeds John Dramani Mahama who he beat in the December 7th general election.

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Akufo-Addo, who had run for the office twice before promised free high school education and more factories. He was a former justice and foreign minister in the NPP government from 2001 to 2007,

Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, was elected on his third attempt to reach the post, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.

Outgoing president, Mr Mahama and former leaders, John Rawlings and John Kufuor are expected to attend the ceremony in the capital’s Independence Square.

Major roads in and around the area have been cordoned off.

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