Ghana. The dispute over the border demarcation between
Ghana and Ivory Coast continued during the year. According
to COUNTRYAAH, 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.