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Renowned Ghanaian poet killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana's president said Sunday. The announcement of his death led to an outpouring of grief in his home country. President John Dramani Mahama expressed his "shock" at the news, adding: "Such a sad twist of fate." Awoonor, 78, was killed and his son was wounded at the Westgate mall, Ghana's Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said.

Renowned Ghanaian poet killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead so far in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana's president said Sunday. John Dramani Mahama said in a statement: "I am shocked to hear the death of Prof. Kofi Awoonor in Nairobi mall terrorist attack. Such a sad twist of fate..." Awoonor, 78, was killed while shopping with his son in the Westgate Mall, Ghana's Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said. His son was injured and has been discharged from the hospital, Ofosu said.

Ghana court hears final arguments in tense vote challenge

Ghana's supreme court heard final arguments on Wednesday over whether it should overturn the results of 2012 presidential polls due to irregularities, in a case that has transfixed the west African nation. The country's largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, is challenging President John Dramani Mahama's win last December, saying the vote was marred by irregularities and that their candidate Nana Akufo-Addo was the true winner.

Journalist freed in Ghana amid free speech concerns

A Ghanaian newspaper editor was released Thursday after serving a controversial 10-day jail term ordered by the west African nation's supreme court for criticising the judges' handling of a dispute over last year's presidential election. Ghana Prison Service spokesman Francis Agyirey-Kwakye said Ken Kuranchie, publisher of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, left a prison in Nsawam, a town about 37 kilometres (23 miles) north of the capital Accra, on Thursday morning. "He was released and he's on his own now," Agyirey-Kwakye said.

Ghana government accuses opposition of making up vote results

Ghana's government Monday in court accused the country's main opposition party NPP of making up election results in its legal challenge against the victory of President John Dramani Mahama in last year's poll. The case being argued at Ghana's Supreme Court has the potential to overturn the results of the elections, which international observers called free and fair. If the suit by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) succeeds, the party's candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, could be declared the winner of the presidency.

Ghana opposition boycotts president's inauguration

* Opposition accused Mahama of rigging poll * Observers said voting was free and fair * Mahama promises unity, development By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Ghana's opposition boycotted the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama on Monday, ignoring his appeals to end a dispute over last month's election in the West African state seen as a model democracy in the coup-prone region.

Ghana leader appeals to rivals for unity before inauguration

* Opposition seeking to overturn election results * President calls for "multi-partisan process" * Mahama says 2012 GDP growth 8.5 to 9 pct By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Ghana's president called for political unity on Friday, reaching out to rivals who are contesting his election due to suspicions of vote rigging.
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