For Immediate Release
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September 30, 1999
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Ghana’s Presidential Candidate To Speak at IU Northwest

John Agyekum Kufuor, presidential candidate for the National Patriotic Party (NPP) for the Republic of Ghana will speak and answer questions at Indiana University Northwest concerning Democracy in Ghana on Monday, October 4 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Kufuor, who will give his views on how his party, the NPP, can enhance democracy in Ghana, will be in the United States and Canada until October 21. With a political career spanning over 30 years, Kufuor was appointed chief legal officer and town clerk of Kumasi (the largest city in Ghana) in 1967, and was a member of the 1968-69 and 1979 Constituent Assembles that drafted the Constitutions of Ghana’s Second and Third Republics. In addition, he is a founding member of the Progress Party in 1969, the Popular Front Party in 1979, and the NPP. He was also a member of Parliament twice and in political detention twice.

Other political achievements include serving as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as leading the Ghanaian delegation from 1969 to 1971 to annual meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Meetings in Addis Ababa, and the Non-Aligned Movement Summit Conference in Zambia. In 1970 he led the delegation to Moscow, Belgrade and Prague.

As PPF’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Opposition Leader of the PFP Parliamentary Group during the Third Republic, he was invited to accompany President Limann to the OAU Summit in Sierra Leone. He also visited the US in 1981 as part of a parliamentary delegation to hold discussions on Ghana’s economic problems with the IMF and World Bank.
 Kufuor holds a BA in economics, philosophy and politics from Oxford University, where in accordance with Oxford tradition, confirmed with a master’s degree by the university. He also has a law degree.

Sponsored by IU Northwest SPEA, the departments of minority studies, student activities and international affairs, the program will be on campus in Raintree Hall, Room 102.  For more information contact George Assibey-Mensah, SPEA professor, at 219-980-7102.

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