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Ghana VP, religious leaders call for calm amid local violence

Ghana Vice President John MahamaGhana Vice President John Mahama
June 13, 2012

Ghana’s Vice President John Mahama is calling for calm, after pre-elections communal violence, which has reportedly left up to 8 people dead in parts of the country.

The Ghanaian Vice President is today, Wednesday visiting one of the regions affected by two days of violence. But the authorities have been trying to quell the violence by imposing a curfew on the affected areas.

WADR’s Accra Correspondent says a number of others have been injured in the violence and the government has imposed curfew on two of Ghana’s ten regions.

Religious leaders are also calling for calm.

Tension has been mounting  ahead of December’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana.

It’s exactly six months to the polls in which incumbent President John Atta Mills and his ruling NDC party are seeking a second mandate, with the main opposition party, NPP and other parties challenging their succession.

With the tension, Ghanaians are beginning to witness pre-election violence.

But what has triggered the latest violence?

WADR’s correspondent in Accra Kofi Agyepong has been investigating and click audio below to listen to his report.

 

 


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