Former President of Ghana John Mahama won a bid to contest in Ghana's 2020 election as the candidate for the main opposition party, National Democratic Congress(NDC) setting up a third consecutive face-off with President Nana Akufo-Addo
Mahama previously served as president when he won the 2012 vote against Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, before losing to his rival four years later. The two parties have dominated politics in West Africa’s second-biggest economy where there’s been a change in government every eight years since 1992.
While Mahama was known for his straightforward style of speaking that resonated with many voters, his administration failed to solve a crippling energy crisis that resulted in routine 24-hour power cuts. The country also had to turn to the International Monetary Fund in 2015 for a bailout after a currency crisis boosted the inflation rate to 20 percent and caused the government’s debt obligations to soar.