GHANA: Paying for Unpopularity

While it lasted (two years and four months) the Ghana government of Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia, 58, was one of Africa's most unusual success stories. Popularly elected, it seemed to care little about maintaining its own popularity. Said Finance Minister Joseph H. Mensah when he introduced an austerity budget last year: "This government is prepared to run the risk of political unpopularity in' its efforts to change the basic structure of the economy"—a task, he admitted, that might take ten years.

Unfortunately, Busia and his idealistic colleagues reckoned without the army. The oversight was odd, since it was the army...

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