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Ghana's voters optimistic in new democracy test

A man votes at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

A man votes at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most...more

A man votes at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago
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People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's...more

People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago
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People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's...more

People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern region of Ghana and stronghold of presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), December 7, 2012. Ghanaians choose on Friday who will run one of Africa's most stable democracies as a surge in oil revenues promises to boost development and economic growth. Ghana has earned a reputation as an oasis of stability and progress in West Africa, a part of the world better known for civil wars, coups, entrenched poverty and corruption. REUTERS/Luc Gnago
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