Voters celebrate the news of Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo winning the nation's presidential election and hope the 72-year-old will real genuine economic reform. Mana Rabiee reports.
The scene late Friday on the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra, were jubilant. It had been an anxious day, as supporters of opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo -- whose victory was broadly accepted -- waited for OFFICIAL results to finally come in. (today pics newspapers) Voters hope 72-year old Akufo-Addo will bring in genuine economic reform. He beat out President John Mahama by well over 9 percent, after the opposition accused the government of mismanaging the nation's finances and squandering its oil wealth. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOTER, DANIEL CARL NARTEY, SAYING: "There is no money in our pockets as they promised 8 years ago. So what do you expect us to do? It's to push you out and bring another person for a fresh idea." This is the third time since 2000 that Ghana's government was peacefully voted out of power. The election means Ghana keeps its reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in a region that's otherwise blighted by civil wars and coups.