ACCRA: Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic party (NPP) picked vice president Mahamudu Bawumia as its candidate for the December 2024 presidential election, teeing up a competition with former president John Mahama.
The 60-12 months-antique economist and previous relevant banker has served as second-in-command and the face of economic policy at some stage in the presidency of Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, who’s because of step down in January 2025 after serving the constitutionally mandated 8 years.
He received 61% of votes forged inside the second degree of the primary – a victory extensively anticipated after coming first within the first stage in August.
In his attractiveness speech, Bawumia promised to rebuild the disaster-hit economy if elected as president.
“I want to steer a country that improves and unleashes the talents of our teens and offers precise jobs with top pay and sustainable growth with macroeconomic subject,” he stated.
although Ghana’s ruling events are regularly considered favourites to win presidential races, no celebration has ever won more than consecutive phrases. voters may query Bawumia’s track file as the West African united states of america struggles to emerge from its worst monetary disaster in a generation.
The oil, gold and cocoa manufacturer has had to turn to the worldwide monetary Fund for a $three billion bailout after its already strained budget buckled beneath the financial fallout from COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“With Bawumia as vice (president), one would have predicted that the financial system could be doing properly, especially as he’s the top of the economic control group, however not tons has been carried out,” stated stated Boakye, researcher at Ghana’s Institute for fiscal studies. Bawumia’s choice also comes as the NPP pushes for extra range. he is the primary Muslim to lead a main birthday party in Ghana considering the fact that 1992 and additionally the first person outside the dominant Akan-talking ethnic group to lead the NPP.