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Ghana’s President Sees Off Challenge From Former First Lady

Ghana’s ruling party overwhelmingly chose President John Evans Atta Mills as its candidate for the 2012 election, rejecting a bid by Nana Kunadu Agyeman Rawlings, the wife of the party’s founder, Jerry John Rawlings.

Mills won with 96.9 percent of the vote to Rawlings’ 3.1 percent at a primary of the National Democratic Congress, the Ghana Electoral Commission said today. The conference was held in the town of Sunyani, 400 kilometers (249 miles) north of the capital, Accra.

The president will probably face Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party in the 2012 election, four years after beating him 50.23 percent to 49.77 percent in a run-off vote in December 2008. Mills oversaw economic growth of 23 percent in the first quarter as the West African nation began producing oil for export.

To contact reporter on this story: Ekow Dontoh in Accra at +233-302-258-797 or

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