GHANA: Opting Out

Bosses, not problems, change

The country that trail-blazed black African decolonization 21 years ago has since had an unhappy political record. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's Osagyefo or Redeemer, was deposed by a 1966 military coup because his grandiose economic mismanagement had hobbled the nation with debt at the same time that the world cocoa market slumped. The next civilian government lasted only three years before Prime Minister Kofi Busia was ousted by the army. Last week General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, 46, who took over in 1972, met a similar fate. Acheampong suddenly resigned from the army and as chairman of the...

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