National Liberation Movement (Ghana)

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National Liberation Movement
Leader Bafuor Osei Akoto
Founded 1954
Dissolved 1957
Split from Convention People's Party
Merged into United Party
Headquarters Accra
Ideology Danquah-Busia tradition
1956 election 12

The National Liberation Movement was a Ghanaian political party formed in 1954. Set up by disaffected Ashanti members of the Convention People's Party, who were joined by Kofi Abrefa Busia, the NLM opposed the process of centralization whilst supporting a continuing role for traditional leaders.[1] Its main founding member was linguist Baffour Akoto whilst J. B. Danquah served as leader.[2] The party gained some support in the Gold Coast legislative election, 1956 and became the third largest party in the Assembly with 12 seats, behind the Convention People's Party and the Northern People's Party.[3]

The Avoidance of Discrimination Act, passed by Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 outlawed parties based on racial, regional, or religious differences and as such the NLM became part of the newly formed opposition group the United Party.[1]

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