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The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) has recommended that the presidential and parliamentary elections be conducted in November in subsequent election years after 2012 to facilitate smooth transitional processes.

The commission further proposed the expunging of the indemnity clauses of the 1992 Constitution which provide coup makers immunity from prosecution.

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Throw a dart at a map of Europe now and it takes expert aim to hit a country run by a left-of-center government, especially after Spain's Socialists were emphatically drubbed out of power over the weekend. Although the shift to the right began years ago in such heavyweights as France and Germany, it is now all but complete three years into the continent's grinding debt and economic crisis. Why?

When times get tough – when "the cows get thin" as the Spanish say – political experts say edgy voters seek comfort with conservatives.

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Apart from the $3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan approved last August, the Mills administration has lined up some 30 fresh loan agreements for parliamentary approval before the 2012 general elections.

Analysis done by The Globe newspaper puts the total value of these new loan facilities at more than US$ 4 billion.

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Polls have opened for the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections, after a run-up marred by violence and logistical delays. The head of the electoral commission said 99% of polling stations were ready and voting would go ahead as planned. At least three people were killed on Saturday, leading to a police ban on final campaign rallies.

It is the second presidential poll in DR Congo since the end of 1996-2003 wars which left four million dead.

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If I were one of the big corporate donors who bankrolled the Republican tide that carried into office more than 50 new Republicans in the House, I would be wary of what you just bought. For no matter your view of President Obama, he effectively saved capitalism. And for that, he paid a terrible political price. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. Why bet on a liberal Democrat? Here’s why: the presidency ofGeorge W. Bush produced the worst stock market decline of any president in history. The net worth of American households collapsed as Bush slipped away. And if you needed a loan to buy a house or stay in business, private sector borrowing was dead when he handed over power.
In the last fifteen years a problem has presented itself to the courts in the form of a limitation on a power which, prior to this time, most courts had come to consider as axiomatic. This was the power to punish for contempt. In its broadest sense, this power had existed in the courts from the time of their inception, founded in a public policy which regarded it as an attribute both inherent and necessary for the protection of the judicial function.' While never entirely above regulation, 2 restriction upon any aspect of its exercise was re- garded as a matter of immediate concern to the courts in which it vested. Thus, when Bridges v. California 3 decided in 1941 that the power of state courts to impose criminal punishment for contempt on individuals who, by public comment, attempt to exert influence over judicial proceedings was subject to the freedoms of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment, the decision was looked upon by many writers with varying degrees of alarm. 4 Nor was it unnatural that the flood of commentaries which the case evoked should deal primarily with the long range effects of the decision, rather than to attempt more than a surface analysis of the holding itself. Viewing the law as it developed out of the Bridges case and the ones which followed, it is felt that there is a need for clarification of this nebulous field, and to submit an interpretation which, it is hoped, represents the law as it stands today. Full Document
The Electoral Commission has said it is embarking on a nationwide kit swapping exercise for areas that reported faulty equipment in the ongoing biometric voter registration exercise. There have been several reports of faulty computers, cameras and batteries across the country since the exercise began on Saturday.
Bank of Ghana Monetary Policy Committee Press Release
I wish to share with you the latest information available on the economy, the assessment of the Monetary Policy Committee on the state of the Ghanaian economy and the positioning of the Monetary Policy Rate Fiscal and sovereign debt problems continue to confront the economies of advanced countries. These problems continue to constrain the pace of global recovery. The delay of the US Congress in dealing with the US debt ceiling is also a matter of concern. However in Emerging and Developing Economies, growth continues to be brisk and prospects of sustained growth are high. Click here to read full report
Can Oil Succeed where Gold Failed Ghanaians?
It is easier to be pessimistic about Ghanaians feeling the prosperous benefits of our new found wealth, oil, than to be optimistic. Anticipatory democracy, in the Ghanaian sense, has seen many Ghanaians redirecting their expectations of a better tomorrow to the Jubilee Fields offshore. The news today is that the Floating Production & Storage Offshore has been commissioned and on the high seas to Ghana. Production may begin before the end of the year. Though, Parliament is yet to pass any of the new general oil and gas legal and policy framework legislations since the 2007 oil discovery, there are assurances from Government that the Bills are ready for parliamentary consideration. more >>>
Ghana: lies, damn lies and estimates
New oil, Chinese investment, stable government, highest growth in the world: Ghana is a new success story. But be careful with the exact figures. While all countries revise their GDP numbers and other accounts, Ghana’s revision of the data takes some beating. The Q2 GDP figure was reported in September as 33.5 per cent. The new figure? 16.4 per cent, less than half. Other numbers given for individual sectors are even further reduced.
Chapter One: The Propagandization of Ghana’s History By Gabby Otchere-Darko You may be forgiven in thinking that the First Republic has been revisited. Thus, we have returned to the era where it is sacrilegious to criticize Kwame Nkrumah and it is rewarding to denigrate the other founding fathers of Ghana.The Monday 11 October, 2010 editorial of The Insight newspaper of Marxist-Nkrumaist, Kwesi Pratt, was simply titled ‘GABBY OTCHERE-DARKO’. The short editorial is reproduced below for emphasis:We have no quarrel with Gabby Otchere-Darko, the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute over his decision to glorify the ideals of Dr J B Danquah, an icon of reactionary and neo-colonial politics in Ghana.
Some Thoughts From Gabby On The Election Petition
The respondents in Ghana’s presidential election petition are, in short, saying, “Yes, we admit there were irregularities, but, whatever they are, whether over-voting, unknown polling stations or voting without biometric verification, they must be seen as nothing more than clerical, administrative or transpositional errors which must not affect votes cast by Ghanaians.”
NDC’s 100 days of ridding filth, left Ghana ridden with cholera – Dr Bawumia
One of the major challenges militating the development of the country, undoubtedly, is the issue of sanitation, and all the four vice presidential candidates who participated in the IEA debate conceded that the prevailing condition is nothing to write home about.Currently, the percentage of persons who have access to good sanitation is hovering around 14%, woefully below the recommended 55% by the Millennium Development Goals.
Ghana Jubilee oilfield partners buy FPSO vessel: GNPC
Partners in Ghana's Jubilee offshore oilfield, operated by Tullow Oil, have bought a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel from Tokyo-listed Modec, Ghana's state oil company GNPC said on Friday. Sources close to the deal said it valued the "Kwame Nkrumah" vessel, which was leased to the Jubilee partners for its first year of operation, at $750 million.