Ghana Election President Mahama concedes defeat

The election has been touted as a test for a country generally viewed as a beacon of stability in west Africa.

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President and candidate of Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress party John Mahama leaves after voting in the Bole district, northern region, on December 7, 2016 play

President and candidate of Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress party John Mahama leaves after voting in the Bole district, northern region, on December 7, 2016

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Ghana's President John Mahama called opposition Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday to concede defeat and congratulate him on victory in the country's hotly contested election, a party official said.

"Yes he has conceded defeat," George Lawson of Mahama's New Democratic Congress (NDC) party told AFP, after Wednesday's nail-biting poll, seen as a test for a country generally viewed as a beacon of stability in west Africa.

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