The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of the London-based Economist Magazine is predicting victories for Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and former US Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton, as the two countries go into crucial general election later this year.
It brings to the fore the question what makes the EIU tip these two candidates as the respective winners in their electoral processes.
Nana Addo and Hillary Clinton may seem like worlds apart for most people and that may be rightly so.
Whereas Clinton's government is expected to focus on mostly socio-economic development whereas the Nana Addo-led government might mainly focus on structural development and policy reforms. One of the main factors that helped push Nana Akufo-Addo's 2016 campaign was his promise of "One District, One Dam". His main campaign points have focused on creating more factories, schools and others. These developmental plans subtly contrast with Hillary's major promises which have focused on social reforms and attempts to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in America.
On social issues, both parties might not have the same ideals.
Nana Addo has not been forthcoming with his plans towards groups that have been generally ignored over the years. Throughout his campaign, the NPP stalwart has not made any concrete claims on how he is going to handle issues like homosexual rights, women empowerment and how he is going to implement social interventions for the disadvantaged in society.
Hillary Rotham, on the other hand, has openly supported gay rights and has on countless occasions promised to support women development and make sure that social security is improved in the US.
On other similarities and differences, there seems to be several things that separate the two candidate. Nana Addo is 72 years whereas Hillary Clinton is younger with just 69. This is also the third time Nana Addo is competing for president whereas this is Hillary's first time of running.
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