A very brief ceremony to inaugurate Ghana’s fourth President under the Fourth Republic, took place at Accra, Ghana’s capital this morning. John Dramani Mahama, the current President, incidentally happens to be the fourth “John” to become the country’s President in succession.
Both the President and his Vice, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur took the oath of office which was administered by the Chief Justice – Her Lordship Georgina Theordora Wood (Mrs) before an open Parliament at the Independence Square.
Dignitaries from all walks of life were invited to the ceremony to show their support and witness the occasion. Some of them included some heads of state, former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufour, members of the diplomatic corps in Ghana.
Other VIPs present invited; Chen Lei, Chinese Minister for Water Resources and Dams, who represented the government of China; Stephen Kalonzo Mosyoka, Vice President of Kenya and Daniel Yohannes, Chief Executive Officer CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), who led the United States of America delegation on behalf of the American government.
The current system of winner takes all every four years in Ghana’s election saw the President winning the December 2012 general election with 50.70% of the total valid votes cast and a 3% winning margin beating his nearest rival of the New Patriotic Party who was able to get 47.74%.
President John Dramani Mahama became President of Ghana on 24 July 2012 on the sudden death of his predecessor John Evans Atta Mills. The ruling party, NDC (National Democratic Congress) held a congress on 30 August to endorse President John Dramani Mahama as their 2012 Presidential Candidate.