Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s new president on Saturday Jan 7, 2017, in a colorful ceremony in Independence Square in Accra the nation’s capital. The inauguration was attended by More than 6,000 members of the public, dignitaries and dozens of African leaders, including Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari.
The 72-year-old President Akufo-Addo is a former human rights lawyer. He defeated incumbent President John Dramani Mahama in the presidential elections in December 2016.
The new president said at his inauguration: ”I will not let you, the people of Ghana, down,” Akufo-Addo wrote on his Twitter feed just after he took office. He also vowed to reduce taxes to boost the economy and declared that Ghana was “open for business again”.
Other African heads of state were in attendance, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Akufo-Addo told AFP news agency that after smooth handovers of power in his home country and places such as Nigeria, leaders wanting to stay in office at all costs were “fighting the tide of history”.
Akufo-Addo vowed to put Ghana “back on the path of progress and prosperity” after an economic slump under Mahama that led to an International Monetary Fund bailout.
At the swearing in ceremony and during his farewell address to the nation, the former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said: ”I stand here today, Mr Speaker, holding the baton of leadership prepared to pass it on with pride, goodwill and determination to Nana Akufo-Addo.”
Thus ended the Mahama era and the beginning of the Akufo-Addo era in Ghana.