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Title:Nationalism in Africa: Ghana's Presidential Elections
Author:Amoah, Michael
Year:2003
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:30
Issue:95
Pages:149-156
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:nationalism
elections
2000
presidential elections
Politics and Government
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240308370
Abstract:This briefing provides an analysis of the multiparty presidential elections held in Ghana in December 2000. It documents the ethnonational patterns which emerged from the election as the political wisdom of the election dictated that each vice-presidential candidate for the four top parties should be a northerner. The analysis also reveals the main contributory element to the victory of the opposition NPP's (New Patriotic Party) John Agyekum Kufuor during the second round ballot, notably the 'Mahama factor' - Edward Mahama of the PNC (People's National Convention) diverted a significant number of votes from the major candidates. Although the theories of nationalism spell out a mutual conflict between ethnonationalism and political nationalism in multinational States, the present briefing highlights the paradox that the two equate with each other within the realities of the local political rationality in Ghana, and perhaps in many other African countries. Bibliogr., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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