Ghana: The Fruits of Redemption

The people of Ghana went to the polls last week to vote away what little freedom they have left. Up for decision in a national referendum were two proposals put forth by President Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's "Osagyefo" (Redeemer). The first would empower him to fire any judge of the High Court or Supreme Court—which would abolish Ghana's technically independent judiciary. The second, and more important—copied almost verbatim from the Soviet constitution—would make Nkrumah's Convention People's Party the country's only legal political body and, like Russia's Communist Party, "the vanguard of the working people in their struggle to build a Socialist...

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