At a very colorful and vibrant ceremony, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was inaugurated as Ghana’s 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana on Saturday, 7th January, 2017.
It may be recalled that H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo won Presidential elections held on 7th December, 2016, defeating incumbent President John Dramani Mahama who had sought to win a second term in office.
More than 6,000 members of the public, dignitaries and Heads of States were in attendance, including Presidents from Nigeria, Kenya, Ehiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Togo and Benin. The President of Cote d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouatara was the Special Guest for the occasion.
Also present were former UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan; former President John Dramani Mahama, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, former President Jerry John Rawlings, and former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and their respective spouses.
Delivering his first speech as President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Akufo- Addo stated that there were exciting times ahead for Ghana and that he would not let the Ghanaian People down. He commended former President Mahama for his show of statesmanship when he conceded defeat.
Earlier on, H.E. Mr. Mahamudu Bawumia was also sworn in as Ghana’s Vice President.
The inauguration was a feather in Ghana’s cup, as it demonstrated yet again the entrenchment of democracy and the rule of law in Ghana, and also projected the peace-loving nature of the People of Ghana.
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