Ghanaian protesters call on president to resign amid economic crisis

ACCRA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 protesters marched in Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Nana Akufo-Addo amid an economic crisis that has hit the cedi currency and seen the fuel and food prices reach record highs. .

Marching past police in riot gear, the red-clad crowd held up signs and chanted “Akufo-Addo must go” and “IMF no” in reference to the government’s ongoing talks with the International Monetary Fund for billions of dollars. dollars to support the economy.

The president last week sought to reassure Ghanaians that authorities would get the country’s finances back on track after consumer inflation topped 37% in September, a 21-year high despite policy tightening. aggressive.

“He failed and we are calling on him to resign. High fuel price increases are killing the people of Ghana,” said protester Rafael Williams.

The peaceful protest was the latest in a series of protests this year against the soaring cost of living that has made it even harder for people to get by in a country where around a quarter of the population lives on less than 2, $15 a day, according to the World Bank.

Ghana, which produces gold, cocoa and oil, has also seen its cedi currency fall by more than 40% against the dollar this year, making it one of the worst performing currencies in a region. suffering from the fallout of a global crisis. economic downturn.

“We’re talking to the IMF. They shouldn’t give them loans,” said tailor Francisca Wintima, who was among the protesters in the capital.

“That’s enough. We’ve got gold, we’ve got oil, we’ve got manganese, we’ve got diamonds. We’ve got everything we need in this country. The only thing we need is leadership.”

Written by Alessandra Prentice; edited by Jason Neely

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