-Joe Osei Wusu has been selected as the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament
-His selection followed hours of closed-door meeting
-Meanwhile, the new Speaker vowed to work in the interest of the MPs
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The MP for Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, Joe Osei Owusu, has been retained as the First Deputy Speaker in the eighth Parliament.
It follows hours of a closed-door meeting after the election of Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
Bagbin won the keenly contested Speaker of Parliament race, defeating former Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye with two votes.
In other news, Bagbin said he would conscientiously discharge his duties as the Speaker.
He further promised to wholeheartedly put at the disposal of Parliament and the country his experience as the longest-serving legislator in the history of the country.
He was sworn in as the Speaker of Parliament by the Chief Justice, Justice Ennin Yeboah.
The former MP for Nadowli-Kaleo was elected as the new Speaker in a contentious election. He polled 138 votes against 136 of the former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye.
He was the second deputy speaker of the seventh Parliament of the fourth republic.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in later today, Thursday, January 7, 2021, for another four-year term.
Akufo-Addo will be sworn in alongside his running mate in the December 2020 polls, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
President Akufo-Addo won the presidential race in the Monday, December 7, 2020 elections.
He collected 51.302% of the votes to defeat the flagbearer of the NDC, former President Mahama, who polled 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Mahama, however, rejected the outcome, explaining that his refusal to concede defeat and challenge the results was borne out of principle rather than an insatiable desire for power.
Addressing Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, he said knew what it was to concede. But, not this time.
At least, 6000 security personnel had been deployed for the inauguration including officers of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service said in a statement.
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