Kufuor, John Kofi Agyekum

Kufuor, John Kofi Agyekum,

1938–, Ghanaian political leader. A lawyer educated at Lincoln's Inn, London, and Oxford, he served in Ghana's parliament (1969–72, 1979–81) between periods of military rule and was detained after the coups of 1972 and 1981. Kufuor was the New Patriotic party's presidential candidate in 1996, but lost to President Jerry RawlingsRawlings, Jerry John
(Jeremiah John Rawlings), 1947–2020, Ghanaian political leader. Of Scottish and Ghanaian descent, Rawlings attended military schools throughout his early life, becoming a skilled pilot and achieving the rank of flight lieutenant.
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. In 2000 Kufuor ran again and defeated Vice President John Atta MillsAtta Mills, John Evans,
1944–2012, Ghanaian lawyer, government official, and political leader, grad Univ. of Ghana (1967), London School of Economics (LL.M., 1968), School of Oriental and African Studies, London (Ph.D.
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 in an election that was Ghana's first democratic transfer of power since independence; he was reelected (again running against Atta Mills) in 2004. As president Kufuor focused on economic reforms designed to promote growth and reduce inflation.
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