- Akufo-Addo is expected to drop the list of his Ministers to Parliament today
- He is said to appoint 46 Ministers made up of 8 women
- He had in his first term 36 substantive Ministers and seven Ministers of state overall
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President Nana Akufo-Addo will appoint a total of 46 ministers in his second term, YEN.com.gh can report.
This includes 30 Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers. Eight of this number are women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.
The list is expected to be submitted to Parliament on Thursday, January 21, 2021, the president said in a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh as he scrapped the contentious Senior Minister portfolio.
President Akufo-Addo had in his first term 36 substantive ministers and seven ministers of state overall.
He also had 48 deputy ministers, as well as 16 regional ministers and 16 deputy regional ministers, bringing the total number of ministers and deputy ministers to 123.
Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama in the 2020 election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
He was sworn in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for his second term before Ghanaians and dignitaries around the world amid a Supreme Court challenge to his victory by John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC in the election.
Mahama wants a rerun of the election between him and Akufo-Addo, stating that there was no winner contrary to the outcome declared by the Electoral Commission.
President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff.
Over 13 million Ghanaians voted in the Monday, December 7, 2021, election that saw him secure a second mandate.
In his views, the petition challenging his victory was nothing but “noise”.
In other news, Mahama filed an application request for a stay of proceedings in the ongoing 2020 election petition.
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The former president filed the application on Thursday, January 21, 2021, through his lawyers.
Following the dismissal of his application for interrogatories on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Mahama made it clear he was not going to look on without a fight.
The next day on his instructions, his lawyers, led by the venerable Tsatsu Tsikata called for a review.
And, to do that the Court would have to empanel two additional justices.
On the day, he was expected to file his witness statements and other materials on his petition, Mahama beseeched with a request to stay proceedings until his review application is determined.
The application will be heard on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
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