Ghana party nominates interim president to run

Jul 26, 2012, 3:26 PM

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Leaders of Ghana’s governing party say they have nominated the country’s interim president to replace their late leader on the ticket.

President John Atta Mills died Tuesday at the age of 68, five months before he was due to run for re-election. Hours later, Vice President John Mahama took the oath of office.

Ghana Information minister Fritz Baffour said Thursday that the ruling party now has nominated Mahama for the presidential ticket, though the choice still needs final approval.

The governing party’s candidate will face Nana Akufo-Addo, who won nearly 50 percent of the vote in 2008, the closest election in Ghana’s history.

Analysts say the two leading parties remain evenly matched, setting the stage for another razor-thin vote in Ghana.

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Ghana party nominates interim president to run