Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in for a second term

Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in for a second term as Ghana’s president, a day after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament.

Soldiers were briefly deployed after the unusual scenes in one of Africa’s most stable democracies.

The president defeated his main rival, former President John Mahama, in December’s tightly fought election.

He faces the twin challenges of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and trying to boost the economy.

Ghana has had more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and like many countries has experienced major economic disruption.

Things came to a head in parliament on Wednesday while MPs were voting on a new speaker. The situation escalated after one MP snatched a ballot paper and tried to run out of the building with it.

“There was total breakdown of law and order,” said MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Scuffles between MPs from the NDC and Mr Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), neither of which has a majority, were eventually broken up by soldiers who briefly intervened.

An NDC MP, Alban Bagbin, was later sworn in as speaker. It is the first time Ghana has a president and speaker from different parties. 

Earlier this week, in what was the final speech of his first term in office, President Akufo-Addo had urged parliamentarians to unite and accommodate each others’ views. 

The two parties have exactly the same number of MPs in the newly elected legislature, so there is the possibility of political gridlock.

Last week the NDC filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to annul President Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory, citing voting irregularities. 

The president obtained 51.6% of the vote in the 7 December election, compared with 47.4% won by Mr Mahama, who served in the top job from 2012 to 2017.

By: Kwamed2k

Nana Addo Is Prez-Elect, Ignore Video Announcing Mahama As Winner – EC

The Electoral Commission has issued a statement reiterating that President Akufo-Addo is the President-elect.

The EC says it has come across a video informing the public that former President John Dramani Mahama was declared as the winner of the presidential polls.

However, the EC says that the video is false because the incumbent garnered more than 50% of the total value votes cast.

Rad the statement below

By: Kwamed2k

Nana Addo Will Win By One-Touch, NPP To Get 170 Seats-Kufour

Former President John Agyekum Kufour has opined that we need bold, visionary, and human leadership to make Ghana develop.

He said a vote for a leader without a vision will make Ghana retrogress.

The former president speaking at the final rally organized by the NPP at Mantse Agbonaa on Saturday stated that although the president was heavily criticized for the number of ministers he appointed, he has delivered a leadership that has transformed lives.

He said President Akufo-Addo has led a leadership that has helped implement the free senior school policy and other social intervention policies.

Contrary to claims that the NPP is a capitalist party, the former president noted a vote for former President Mahama will retrogress the country.

He insisted the president has used the first term to do a lot for Ghanaians and must be voted for.

Mr. Kufour told the charged crowd that the policies of the NPP are far superior to that of the NDC.

He disclosed from the information he has gathered, President Akufo-Addo will win the presidential election by a one-touch victory and a majority of 170 seats in the next parliament.

This prediction he added is based on science and surveys conducted by the party.

He ended by appealing to Ghanaians to retain the president so they will not regret it.

By: Digicountz.com