Ghana: Daunting Task

New leader, old problems

The pattern was distressingly familiar. After a New Year's Eve coup, Jerry Rawlings, 34, a former air force flight lieutenant, moved ruthlessly to fashion what he called a "people's government." Working with friends in the military, he summarily dismissed Ghana's parliament, banned political parties and suspended the nation's constitution. By the end of last week the new military government had called for special "people's tribunals" to try Ghanaians, including government officials, arrested for crimes "against the people." The announcement raised fears that the takeover would follow the course...

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