Ghana. In September, the government announced that the
country's security forces had averted a coup attempt. The
message came as a surprise in a country that in recent
decades has been a stable democracy and considered a
brilliant exception in another conflict-ravaged region.
Three people were arrested after being supervised for 15
months. They were accused of having the goal of getting rid
of the president and destabilizing the country. One of the
arrested was said to be a doctor who used the hospital to
hide a small number of weapons. The group should also have
had some contact with military personnel. There seemed to be
no serious risk of the coup being successful.
CountryAAH, another exception to the prevailing stability occurred in
May, when more than 90 people were first arrested on
suspicion of either planning or supporting the plans for a
declaration of independence for an area in eastern Ghana.
The new state would be called Western Togoland.
In March, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) made the
final payment in a four-year long development program for
Ghana, highlighting the country's good economy with strong
growth, falling government debt and moderate inflation.