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Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS took over as head of state in early 2009.


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Military

Military branches
Ghana Army, Ghana Navy, Ghana Air Force (2012)

Military service age and obligation
18-26 years of age for voluntary military service, with basic education certificate; no conscription; must be HIV/AIDS negative (2012)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 6,268,191
Females age 16-49 6,194,339 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 4,136,406
Females age 16-49 4,220,761 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 267,896
Female 260,992 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 86
1.7% of GDP (2009)


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Ghana (Accra):
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GPS points from Ghana (Accra)

square Sochaba Ghana (general)

square Agbaflome Ghana (general)

square Bebianiha Ghana (general)

square Munkum Ghana (general)

square Obeneben Ashanti Region

square Nyamibechere Ghana (general)

square Mankese Ghana (general)

square Nakago Ghana (general)




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