Ghana. After decades of more or less open hostility, in
May Ghana and Togo promised to observe good neighbors. The
friendship agreement was entered into when Togo President Gnassingbe Eyadema for the first time visited Ghana.
between the two countries has existed since British Togoland
was incorporated into G. at independence in 1957 and then
leader Kwame Nkrumah claimed the entire Togo. Both countries
have accused each other of supporting the other country's
In April-May 2005, thousands of Togo-Ghanaian residents fled
the political violence in their own country.
In April 2006, the country's former first lady, Rawling's
wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang, testified in court of fraud.
privatization of a state enterprise in the 1990s.
The relationship between Ghana and Gambia was very tense
in July 2007 as a result of Gambia's failure to cooperate in
clarifying how more than 40 Ghanaian emigrants in Gambia
could be killed. Also in July, the country's National Bank
carried out a money exchange where 4 zeros were removed from
the banknotes, so a new Cedi equaled 10,000 of the old ones.
John Atta Mills was elected president in 2008 with 50.23%
of the vote against the incumbent president 49.77%. Mills
had been vice president of Jerry Rawlings in the '90s, but
had lost the 2000 and -04 presidential elections. The change
of power was the second in the country's history, and
despite the close vote count, it went untrammeled.
In January 2010, Mills established a commission to revise
the 1992 Constitution. During the year, it received 60,000
In 2010, unrest erupted in the northern part of the
country in the Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo area. At least 5 were
killed, 300 houses were burned down and thousands fled. Many
fled across the border to Togo. In May, riots erupted in
Bawku in the eastern part of the country. 5 were killed.