Ghana Democracys Trailblazer

December 1, 2012 - 12:33 PM
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2012 file photo, former Vice President John Mahama, center, sits on a dais after being sworn in as new president of Ghana in parliament in Accra, Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills. After five coups and decades of stagnation, the West African nation of 25 million is now a pacesetter for the continent's efforts to become democratic. In presidential elections on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, a leading candidate is Mahama, who survived the coups, became president and in fall 2012 published "My First Coup d'Etat," a memoir that has won international acclaim. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)