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Prez. Sirleaf attends President Mahamas inauguration

By Patrick Flomo
 Ghanaian President,  John Dramani Mahama
Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama

(lbsonline/Liberia)- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is in Accra, Ghana at the head of a high-power Liberian delegation.

President Johnson-Sirleaf and delegation attended the inauguration of the newly re-elected President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama at Independence Square.

Mr. Mahama was shown in as the fouth President in  the forth Republic of Ghana.

According to an Executive Mansion release, members of President Johnson-Sirleaf’s delegation include Foreign Minister, Augustins Ngafuan, Information Minister, Lewis Brown, Liberia’s Ambassador to Ghana, Rudolf Von Ballmoos, the Executive Protection Agency’s Deputy Execitive Director, Steve Neufville, among others.

President Mahama is a historian, communication expert and writer, former Member of Parliament, Minister of State, as well as immediate former Vice President of that West African state.

A highpoint at today’s ceremony is that President Mahama handed over the sword of office to himself. He had completed the third Presidency of John Evan Atta Mills on July 24, 2012.

Also, Vice President-elect, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice, Theodora Wood, in front of a new Parliament and Speaker.

A massive crowd of Ghanaians and other nationals witnessed today’s historic event, while millions more across the world watched the inauguration on television.

Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said: “13 heads of state, mostly from West Africa, were at the inauguration”.

They include African Union (AU) Chairman and President of Benin, Yayi Boni, Burkina Faso President, Blaise Campaore, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma.

Others are Tanzania’s President, Jakaya Kikwete, Cote d’Ivoire President, Alassane Ouattara, Presidentr Macky Sall of Senegal, among others.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s main opposition political party boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of President John Mahama, following last month’s disputed elections.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is quoted by the BBC as saying: “Mr. Mahama won the election fraudulently”.

Official results gave Mr. Mahama 50.7 percent of the votes, enough to avoid a run-off against NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo, who received 47.7 percent.

Ahead of his inauguration, Mr. Mahama called for unity in Ghana, seen as one of Africa’s most stabled democracies.

He was Ghana’s Vice-President until the unexpected death of President John Atta Mills in July last year and since then he had served as Acting President of the nation.

In his inaugural speech, President Mahama assured all Ghanaians that he will not let them down. 


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