-The president has been sworn in for another term despite a petition challenging his victory at the Supreme Court
-He was sworn in by Ghana’s Chief Justice
-In his inaugural speech, he pledged to work for the development of the nation
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 7, 2021, took the oath of office for a second term after defeating former President John Dramani Mahama in the keenly contested 2020 polls.
Speaking at the ceremony witnessed by heads of state from across Africa and other dignitaries, the president congratulated Alban Bagbin for emerging as the country’s Speaker of Parliament after hours of chaos in the lawmaking chamber.
The former Nadowli-Kaleo MP was elected as the new Speaker in a contentious election, polling 138 votes as against 136 of the former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye.
“Together, you and I will be chartering new territory in the governance and politics of the fourth republic,” the president said.
He acknowledged that this is the first time in the lifetime of this republic that the president from one party will be obliged by the will of the people to work in all sincerity and cooperation with the Speaker from another party.
“I am confident both of us will be guided in our relationship by the supreme interest of our people in ensuring good governance in ordering the affairs of the state,” Akufo-Addo added.
He further assured his wholehearted determination to work with the Speaker to advance the development of the country.
Akufo-Addo was reelected for another second term in the December 2020 polls.
He defeated former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the keenly contested polls garnering 51.302% of the ballots against the latter’s 47.359%.
Mahama rejected the outcome, arguing the verdict was “stolen”, filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the results.
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