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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 5, 2009


Ghana: Election of John Atta Mills

We congratulate Professor John Atta Mills on his January 3 victory in the Ghanaian presidential race. We commend the Ghanaian people on their resolve and deep commitment to the democratic process demonstrated in their participation in their nation's presidential and parliamentary elections. These elections, pronounced free, fair and credible by a wide range of international and domestic observers, have proven Ghana has truly taken its place among the community of democracies. We also commend the Ghanaian Electoral Commission for its dedication, perseverance and professionalism in conducting these elections in a fair and impartial manner. Once the Ghanaian Electoral Commission announced the results, both sides accepted them and began working on a peaceful and smooth transition of power.

The United States and Ghana continue to enjoy a close friendship based on a shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law. Once again Ghana has shown itself to be a beacon of stability and peace in Africa. The United States will be sending a delegation, led by Peace Corps Director Ronald Tschetter, to Professor Mills’ inauguration on January 7. We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Ghanaian people and working closely with Professor Mills’ administration as he works to unify the nation and build consensus and confidence in established institutions to serve all Ghanaians.

2009/008


Released on January 5, 2009

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