Acting President, Prof Mike Oquaye has handed over to Nana Akufo Addo as President of Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo returned to Ghana after he left on Sunday, January 21, 2018, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Liberia's President George Oppong Weah held on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Nana Akufo Addo was welcomed at the Kotoka International Airport by the Acting President, Professor Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament.
Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye sworn in as acting President
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye was sworn in as the acting President of Ghana on January 21 2018.
He was sworn into office by the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo on the floor of Parliament at an emergency sitting of the House.
Aaron Mike Oquaye’s swearing-in is a result of the unavailability of the elected president, Nana Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia from the country.
The legality of swearing-in Aaron Mike Oquaye as President
According to Article 60 (11) and (12) of the 1992 Constitution, “(11) Where the President and the Vice-President are both unable to perform the functions of the President, the Speaker of Parliament shall perform those functions until the President or the Vice-President is able to perform those functions or a new President assumes office, as the case may be.” “(12) The Speaker shall, before commencing to perform the functions of the President under clause (11) of this article, take and subscribe the oath set out in relation to the office of President.”
Nana Akufo Addo on George Weah's inauguration
President Nana Addo remarked that the inauguration of George Weah as Liberia's president “is an extremely important development in Liberian history, and in West African history.”
“For us, in West Africa, I think the democratic consolidation that so many of us are seeking is taking place, and, that democracy is gradually being entrenched stronger and stronger in the body politic of our different states,” he added.
The swearing-in ceremony saw West African Presidents such as President Allasane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire; Togolese President; Faure Gnassingbe, President of Niger; Mahamadou Issoufou, Senegalese President; Macky Sall, Guinean President; Alpha Conde, and the President of Mali; Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Also, some good wishers of George Weah including; Former President of Ghana Rawlings, Former President John Mahama, John Dumelo, Jackie Appiah amongst other were at the Program