Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo [Photo: Africa Feeds]
Jan 7th, 2021 – Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in for a second term, as Ghana’s president in Parliament House, in the capital city Accra. This is a change of venue from the usual Independence Square where he was sworn-in four years prior.
It comes a day after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament as Members of Parliament 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).
The scuffles between Members of Parliament from the NDC and Mr Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), were eventually broken up by soldiers who briefly intervened.
Akufo-Addo, won over his main rival former President John Mahama, in the December 2020 elections with 51.6% of the vote compared with 47.4% won by Mr. Mahama
However the opposition party, National Democratic Congress rejected results of the December 7th polls.
It then filed a petition at the country’s top court, seeking for a rerun of polls between the main opposition party leader Mr. Mahama and the incumbent president.
In his re-election victory speech, Akufo-Addo told the opposition, “Now is the time, irrespective of political affiliations, to unite, join hands and stand shoulder to shoulder.”