Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party has chosen President Nana Akufo-Addo as its candidate in this year’s presidential election, paving the way for the third straight running encounter with former President John Dramani Mahama.

Akofo Addo, 76, removed the former president from power in 2016 after winning the election with 53.8 percent of the vote, cementing Ghana’s gold and cocoa-producing reputation in West Africa as a prominent democracy in a region notorious for political instability.

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In a statement on Saturday, the New Patriotic Party said that Akufo-Addo will contest the elections of next December 7, accompanied by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.

Mahama, 61, who was chosen by his NDP candidate, defeated Akufo-Addo in the 2012 presidential race.

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