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President John Dramani Mahama, top center, stands before cheering supporters during his final campaign rally ahead of Friday's presidential election, in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. After five coups and decades of stagnation, the West African nation of 25 million is now a pacesetter for the continent's efforts to become democratic. Ghanaians will go to the polls on Friday to choose between four candidates, including Mahama, a former vice president who assumed the top post in July after the death of president John Atta Mills, and former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo who lost the presidency by less than 1 percent in 2008.(AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)

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