Ghana. In general elections in December, the ruling party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), broke ground on the country. The party is led by Jerry Rawlings, who took power in a military coup on New Year’s Eve 1981 but who has been president-elect since 1992, when a democratic constitution was introduced. The NDC won big in the first two free elections, but now got seven seats fewer than the New Patriotic Party (NPP). In the presidential election, NPP candidate John Kufuor defeated Vice President John Atta Mills, who represented the NDC because Rawlings was not allowed to stand for re-election. Kufuor received nearly 57% of the vote and Atta Mills just over 43% in the second and decisive round of elections. The elections were conducted without more serious disruptions and were described as one of the freest and most democratic in Africa. Kufuor also promised to give government seats to non-NPP members.
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An explosion at an Accra gas station in June 2015 killed about 250 people. Several days of rain and floods had caused hundreds of people to take refuge inside the gas station when the explosion occurred. That same month, several thousand people were chased out of their homes in Accra’s largest slum Old Fadama, also known by the name of Sodom and Gomora. The slum housed about 50,000 people. Police used tear gas and lace against protesters demonstrating against the forced removal.
In September, police attacked a peaceful demonstration with tear gas and lace, after disagreement over the demonstration route. The demonstration was organized by the Let My Vote Count Alliance and required the establishment of a new voter register.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Ghana in 2000 was 19,278,745, ranking number 50 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.530% yearly, and the population density was 84.7273 people per km2.