Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo All Set for Thursday’s Second Oath of Office

Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto)

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn-in for a second term this Thursday after winning the West African country’s election with 51.59% of the vote.

The 76-year-old, who has one presidential term and four presidential bids behind him, defeated long time rival John Mahama, 62 in the just concluded December 2020 elections .

Mahama has petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the results although Akufo insists that he won the just concluded elections fairly.

On Tuesday, in his final state of the nation address ahead of his inauguration for a second term, Akufo-Addo said it is good for the nation that the opposition has resorted to legal means to address their concerns.

He also urged parliament to unite and accommodate each others’ views.

Ghana’s next parliament, which will be sworn in on Thursday as well, has no clear majority, with both the opposition and the ruling party having 137 MPs each, with one independent MP.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, has announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration as the President of the Republic of Ghana.

The Honorable Dr. J. Peter Pham, Ambassador, United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, will lead the delegation, a statement from the White House said.

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