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ACCRA, July 31 Ghana's President John Dramani
Mahama has chosen Central Bank Governor Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as
his vice-president, a spokesman for Mahama told a local radio
station on Tuesday.
The nomination will now go before parliament's appointment
committee for approval but the process is seen as a formality.
The decision means Amissah-Arthur is likely to line up
alongside Mahama as his running mate after the ruling National
Democratic Congress (NDC) party said that it will name him as
its candidate in an election due at the end of the year.
"The president, in consultation with party leaders, has
picked Amissah-Arthur, the governor of the Central Bank, to be
vice president, pending parliamentary approval," John Jinakpor
said on Joy FM.
Mahama took over as Ghana's president last week when
President John Atta Mills died unexpectedly.
Amissah-Arthur has been governor of Ghana's Central Bank
since October 2009 and has pushed through policies targeting
growth and development in the cocoa, gold and oil producing
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(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo and Christian Akorlie; Writing by
David Lewis; Editing by Michael Roddy)