Asiedu Nketia will lose by 60%, says contender

The sole challenger to the incumbent General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress says there will be an electoral earthquake on Saturday, December 20 when the ruling party goes to congress to elect national executives.

He says he will secure 60 per cent of the total valid votes to be cast to wrestle power from Johnson Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito.

Abdullah Ishaq Farrakhan took all party members by surprise when he picked nomination forms to contest General Mosquito, who had hitherto been tagged untouchable.

“My chances is 60 per cent clear,” Mr Farrakhan told journalists after vetting on Tuesday.

“I will be beating him by 60 per cent from the total votes.”

General Mosquito, however, remains favourite on most pundits’ scorecard for General Secretary.

The Former Member of Parliament told journalists on Tuesday after his vetting that he sees a great potential in his contender.

“I wish him well,” he said.

He disclosed that he has taken Mr Farrakhan around his office to get him familiarized with where he would be working if he won the election to be held in Kumasi.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Israel’s PM seeks early election

Israel’s prime minister has dismissed his finance and justice ministers and declared he wants parliament dissolved, triggering an early general election.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni had “harshly attacked” both himself and the coalition government.

Mr Netanyahu explained that he wanted an election held two years early to win “a clear mandate to lead Israel”.

Disagreements over a series of economic and political policies have strained relations within the coalition.

Under Israeli electoral law, voting would probably take place in mid-March if the Knesset were to be dissolved this week.


Talks on Monday night between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Lapid – who leads Yesh Atid, the centrist party that is the second largest in the governing coalition – ended without an agreement on how to settle their disputes.

Mr Netanyahu and his ministers have disagreed about the content of a bill designed to strengthen the Jewish nature of the Israeli state and over a proposed tax break for first-time home buyers, which Mr Lapid regards as his signature issue.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Lapid told an economic conference that the prime minister had “decided to take Israel to unnecessary elections”.

The chairman of Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, Danny Danon, blamed the move on what he called the finance minister’s “amateurish antics”.

As speculation about an election mounted, Ms Livni said it would not be about tax but about replacing a government she accused of “extremism, provocativeness and paranoia”. The government did not know how to fight terrorism while also “upholding freedom and Zionism”, she added.

Ms Livni, who leads the centrist Hatnua party, also accused Mr Netanyahu of “inciting sectors in Israel against each other” and said she “refused to compromise on any of the values that have guided me”.

Later, Mr Netanyahu’s office issued a statement announcing: “The prime minister plans to call for parliament’s dissolution as soon as possible and to go to the people and get a clear mandate to lead Israel.”

It also said he had ordered the dismissal of Mr Lapid and Ms Livni.

“In past weeks, including the past day, ministers Lapid and Livni have harshly attacked the government that I head. I will no longer tolerate an opposition inside the government,” the statement added.

The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem says the prime minister is thought to regard Mr Lapid as being too ambitious for comfort.

Mr Netanyahu may be hoping to return to power at the head of a re-formulated coalition in which Yesh Atid would be replaced with a religious bloc representing the interest of ultra-Orthodox Jews, our correspondent adds.

Source: BBC