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In April 1997, Mahama was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications.
Mahama is the first vice president to have ascended to the presidency due to the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills, all on the back of rave conspiracy theories.
Continuing to expand his interest and involvement in international affairs, in 2003 Mahama became a member of the Pan-African Parliament, serving as the Chairperson of the West African Caucus until 2011.
He was also a member of European and Pan African Parliaments' Ad-hoc Committee on Cooperation.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) held a Special National Delegates Congress on 30 August 2012 and endorsed President John Dramani Mahama as its 2012 presidential candidate.
President Mahama, the sole candidate of the party, polled 2, 767 votes, representing 99.5% of total votes cast, to pick the slot for the party.
In 2000, Mahama was re-elected for another four-year term as the Member of Parliament for the Bole/Bamboi Constituency. From 2001 to 2004, Mahama served as the Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Communications.