Here’s Why The Swearing-In Of Nana Akufo-Addo Will Be Held At Parliament

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his inauguration ceremony on January 7, 2017 (image via AP)

The swearing-in ceremony of President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will take place at the Parliament House, instead of the Black Star Square on Monday, January 7, 2021.

The decision to move the inauguration ceremony from the Black Star Square to the precinct Parliament follows an appeal by Parliament on November 3, 2020, to have subsequent swearing-in of Presidents done in and before Parliament in accordance with Ghanaian laws and international best practices.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Minister for Information, Pius Enam Hadzide at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

“On the 3rd day of November 2020 when President Akufo-Addo commissioned the office facilities under the physical infrastructure projects of Parliament in Parliament House, Accra, parliament made a passionate representation to him that the nation at large that they want subsequent swearing-in of presidents of the republic to happen in parliament and before parliament in accordance with Ghanaian laws and international best practices.”

“The transition team has favourably considered the request of the Parliament of Ghana stated by Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu [Majority Leader] and has hence decided that the swearing-in of President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on the 7th of January 2021 shall happen before parliament and with the precincts of parliament,” he said.

Mr Hadzide added that the transition team is working with the leadership of parliament to ensure that the inauguration is successfully held.


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