SA congratulates Ghanaian President-elect

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Ghanaian President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo on his election to head the West African country, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said.

“On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mr Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of the Republic of Ghana following the elections that were held on 7 December 2016,” said the department in a statement on Saturday.

President Zuma has committed himself to working closely with President-elect Akufo-Addo in pursuit of continental integration and peace and security.

The candidates that ran for the Presidency ware incumbent President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC); Akufo-Addo of the leading opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP); Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP); Dr Edward N. Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate.

The President commended outgoing President John Mahama, who conceded defeat.

President Zuma further commended the people of Ghana for conducting yet another democratic and peaceful election.

“The people of Africa feel highly thrilled to see democratic and peaceful elections taking root on the continent,” said President Zuma. - SAnews.gov.za