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In pictures: Ghana marks poll result

Supporters of John Atta Mills celebrate his election victory in Ghana

Ghanaian supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress have been celebrating the presidential election victory of party leader John Atta Mills in a tight run-off.

John Atta Mills

The run-off between Mr Atta Mills, above, and his rival Nana Akufo-Addo, was closely watched as Ghana remains a rare example of democracy in West Africa.

Ghana's electoral commission head Kwado Afari-Gyan

Ghana's electoral commission head Kwado Afari-Gyan announced the results in the capital, Accra, saying Mr Atta Mills won 50.23% of the votes while Mr Akufo-Addo won 49.77%.

Supporters of John Atta Mills celebrate his election victory in Ghana

Amid scenes of jubilation among NDC supporters on the streets of Accra, the outgoing President John Kufuor urged the two sides - who have both alleged vote-rigging - to respect the final result.

Supporters of John Atta Mills celebrate his election victory in Ghana

Mr Akufo-Addo's ruling party boycotted Friday's vote, in Tain, the last constituency to vote - but that did not stop the celebrations.



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