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Ghana’s COVID-19 response faces growing scrutiny

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Significance

The initial crisis response of Akufo-Addo's government appeared to strengthen his standing ahead of general elections later this year. However, since the early easing of a partial lockdown, cases have steadily increased, and criticism of government strategy is growing.

Impacts

  • The important tourism sector will struggle to rebound over the short term, despite further loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A contentious imminent electoral registration exercise comes amid growing politicisation of the electoral commission's leadership.
  • ‘Load shedding’ (power outages) and water shortages in Accra will cause new socio-economic challenges and prove a boon to the opposition.
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