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Mark Moxon's Travel Writing

Ghana: Pouring Petrol on the Flames

A car in James Town, Accra
A rather snazzy car in James Town, Accra; the owner no doubt is thrilled by the price of petrol in Ghana

Ghana's economy has taken a bit of a battering over the last few years, but I still wasn't prepared for the shock that the government unleashed on the population this morning. Today the price of a gallon of petrol has increased from 10,500 cedis to a whopping 20,000 cedis, just like that. That's an increase of over 90 per cent overnight.