Monday, December 12, 2016
Secretary Kerry Calls Ghana’s President Mahama and Presidential Candidate Nana Akufo Addo
Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
November 29, 2016
The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today spoke with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, and New Patriotic Party presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in advance of Ghana’s elections on December 7.
The Secretary underscored to both candidates the need to ensure a peaceful and fair electoral process and post-election period, including by publicly pledging to reject violence and address any issues through the judicial system and calling on all of their supporters to do the same.
He also encouraged both candidates to attend the December 1 Peace Summit in Accra.
Secretary Kerry cited Ghana’s position as a leading democracy in Africa and recognized the long history of close relations between the United States and Ghana. He stressed our desire to continue to advance our shared priorities with whoever prevails in Ghana’s election.