Raila Odinga, Joho leave for Ghana

They'll attend Nana Akufo-Addo inauguration

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Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and ODM leader Raila Odinga (right). PHOTO: KENYA-TODAY

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) chief Raila Odinga on Friday, January 6, flew out of the country for Ghana to attend the inauguration of President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo.

In tow was Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party deputy leader Hassan Joho (also Mombasa governor) and are scheduled to attend the ceremony plannedĀ  for Saturday.

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Following his win, Akufo-Addo becomes the fifth president of the West African country. Akufo, 72, is a foreign minister and Attorney General in the NPP government that was in power for eight years – between 2001 and 2009.

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Ghana President-elect Nana Akufo Addo. PHOTO: XLIVEAFRICA

“Raila and his delegation will meet sections of the new administration and return to Nairobi early next week,” the former PM’s spokesman, Dennis Onyango, said in a statement to newsrooms.

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According to Mr. Onyango, the opposition who is having a fourth shot at presidency, will also meet with various officials of the soon to be formed administration.

Akufo-Addo triumphed at his third attempt at presidency, underscoring the country’s reputation as a beacon of democracy in a region marred with civil wars and coups.

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He unseated President John Mahama by 53.8 per cent votes, against 44.4 per cent, a win that led to widespread celebration in the capital Accra.

Mahama conceded and personally called Akufo to congratulate him.