Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho is required by law, to take oath of office as president when the president and his vice are both out of the country, this according to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Doe Adjaho breached the Constitution when he refused to take the oath of office as President in the absence of both the president and his vice from Ghana.
A nine-member Supreme Court panel chaired by Justice Sophia Akuffo ruled that the Speaker is obliged to take the oath of office as president whenever both the president and his vice are out of the jurisdiction.
The ruling of the court comes on the back of a matter brought before it by Chief Executive of Accra-based City FM, Mr. Samuel Atta Mensah, and US-based Ghanaian lawyer, Prof. Stephen Kwaku Asare.
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The Speaker on two occasions refused to be sworn in despite accepting to act as president.
He told Members of Parliament there was no point in repeating an oath he had taken in September 2013.
But Mr. Atta Mensah and Prof. Asare went to the highest court of the land seeking a declaration that Mr. Doe Adjaho, by refusing to swear the oath, had violated the 1992 Constitution and therefore committed high crime.
The court agreed that Mr. Doe Adjaho violated Article 60(11) and (12) of the Constitution but disagreed that that constituted high crime.