Ghana. The dispute over the border demarcation between Ghana and Ivory Coast continued during the year. According to COUNTRYAAH, Accra is the capital of Ghana which is located in Western Africa. The Ivory Coast has demanded that Ghana until now cease all oil recovery in the disputed sea area. However, in April the International Maritime Law Court (ITLOS) granted Ghana the right to proceed with ongoing recovery. However, new drilling is not allowed until the issue is settled, which is expected to happen in 2017. A total recovery stop was considered too damaging for Ghana, which is already plagued by severe economic problems. To help the country stabilize the economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) granted Ghana a loan of just over US $ 900 million in February.
In June, about 100 people were killed when a gas station in the capital, Accra, caught fire. Due to rain and the city’s inadequate sewage system, the gas station was flooded and a fiery fire broke out. Dozens of people who applied to the station for protection from the rain were burned alive. In addition, the floods demanded the lives of about 50 other people. To honor the victims of the tragedy, President John Dramani Mahama announced three days of country grief.
After a corruption scandal was revealed in September, dozens of judges were suspended from their posts, including seven judges working in the High Court, one of the highest judicial bodies in the country.