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Ghana's Main Opposition Party Protests Government Plan for US Funds

Ghana's leading opposition party has protested the government's plans for disbursing $500 million of U.S. funding.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) said it will send a letter to the U.S. Congress contesting the Ghanaian government's exclusion of two poor regions from its spending plans for Millenium Challenge Account money.

A spokesman for the NDC, Haruna Idrissu, said the Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana are among the country's poorest and should meet the criteria for receiving aid.

A smaller opposition party, the People's National Convention, has joined the protest and says it will also send a letter to the U.S. Congress.

Ghana is one of 13 African countries eligible to receive funds from the Millenium Challenge Account. The United States established the program to help countries fight poverty and encourage good governance.