President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been sworn in to begin his second four-years as President of the Republic of Ghana.
Taking the oath of office at the Chamber of Ghana’s Parliament on Thursday, President Akufo-Addo promised to “protect and defend” the country’s constitution.
President Akufo-Addo congratulated the Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin on his new position as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
“I must, at the outset, express my warm congratulations to my good friend and colleague of many years in this House, the Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, on his assumption of office as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the 4th Republic.”
President Akufo-Addo said guided by the supreme interest of the country and ensuring good governance in the affairs of state, “I want to assure you of my wholehearted determination to work with you to advance the peace, progress and prosperity of the Ghanaian people.”
He said Ghanaians had spoken and given Parliament an almost equal strength on both sides of the House; “we have no choice but to work with the consequences of the desires of the people.”
The President’s party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) both won 137 seats each out of the 275 seats in Parliament with an independent Member of Parliament who has chosen to sit with the NPP to form the Majority side.
President Akufo-Addo urged the House to be more accommodating of each other’s views and devise “new ways of conducting its affairs.”
Heads of States from across the continent including President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré; Head of state of Mali, Acting President Bah Ndaw; President of Chad, Marshal Idriss Déby; the President of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenç and President of Liberia, George Manneh Oppong Weah witnessed the ceremony.
Also at the ceremony were the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo; the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio; the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló; the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé; the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé and the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.
Nigeria, Gambia, India and France were also represented by their Foreign Ministers at the ceremony.
U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Ambassador J. Peter Pham led a US Presidential Delegation to attend the inauguration.