“The determination of the Ghanaian people to go through democratic principles and values has meant that election after election has been stronger in terms of its credibility and its transparency – and it has also meant that the willingness of the population to accept the results of our electorate council has heightened,” he says.

Elsewhere in the continent, democracy has been far less successful at taking root. In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, November 28 after the country’s supreme court rejected two petitions to nullify last month’s election results.

And this week in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was forced to resign, ending his 37 years in power after members of his own ZANU-PF party forced him out with the backing of the army.

“It’s a pity that the current political situation has degenerated to the extent that the army is finding itself [required] to come directly into play,” Akufo-Addo says. “[That] can never be a long-term solution, obviously … I think at the end of the day, the determination to engage, democratic values will triumph in Zimbabwe.”

Still, the president of Ghana remains optimistic about Africa’s future.

“I’m confident that the march of democracy in Africa is something that’s going to be very difficult to reverse,” he says.

Source: Al Jazeera