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Friday, 1 December, 2000, 16:36 GMT
Ghana election profile: Augustus 'Goozie' Tanoh

By Kwaku Sakyi-Addo in Accra

If anyone is spicing up Ghana's election, it is Goozie Tanoh, the 44-year-old former founding member of the ruling NDC.

Mr Tanoh's National Reform Party (NRP) broke away from the NDC last year, citing corruption and lack of internal democracy.

The latter has been borne out by NDC squabbles, handing the NRP "I told you so" credibility.

Mr Tanoh studied law and represented Ghana at the UN before going into business and setting up his own.

Instead of the traditional political rallies, Mr Tanoh and his NRP have been holding "town meetings" where they engage in question and answer questions with communities under village trees.

He has a detailed grasp of national economic and social questions, a pay-off of the deliberate, regular and thorough studies by the NRP's youthful and intellectual leadership.

Although Mr Tanoh is not about to run away with the presidency - for one thing he carries baggage from his association with the NDC - he will hurt the NDC and the chances of its presidential candidate, John Atta Mills, because part of the NRP's core following is disillusioned former NDC grassroots activists.

Some undecideds also find the NRP's focus on issues and its message of "a new political culture" of tolerance attractive.

Mr Tanoh and the NRP are poised to become a major political force for the future, with the capacity to snatch young people from both the main opposition NPP and the NDC, depending on which one of the two major parties loses the election.

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