News / Africa

Ghana Set for Inauguration of President Mahama

Former Ghanaian Vice President John Mahama is seated after being sworn in as President, July 24, 2012.Former Ghanaian Vice President John Mahama is seated after being sworn in as President, July 24, 2012.
x
Former Ghanaian Vice President John Mahama is seated after being sworn in as President, July 24, 2012.
Former Ghanaian Vice President John Mahama is seated after being sworn in as President, July 24, 2012.
Peter Clottey
Ghana’s information minister says all is set for the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama Monday, despite threats by opposition lawmakers to boycott the ceremony.

“The common advise is that they should come because of the sitting of parliament, but they are entitled to boycott the event if they so wish. But what they should know is we [ruling party legislators] are in the absolute majority now. So, really it will not affect the proceedings,” said Fritz Baffour.

Baffour, who is also a leading member of the presidential inauguration planning committee, says the event has been well prepared.

“We’ve planned meticulously so that it will not be an event of chaos. And I think it will go down in history as one of the best planned event of that kind in Ghana,” Baffour said.

“The ceremony,” Baffour continued, “is going to be about two hours long and it’s going to be a very great event. We’ve got widescreen [TVs] dotted all over the country so the people will be able to witness [it] live.”

The state broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, is the only media organization tasked with providing a live feed of the ceremony to all privately owned television and radio stations across the country.

  The newly elected members of parliament are scheduled to be sworn in ahead of the president’s ceremony at the independence square in Accra. Over 50, 000 Ghanaians have been invited to be part of the event.

Baffour says security has been bolstered to ensure a peaceful occasion.

But, the young patriots, a group of supporters from the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has threatened demonstrations to protest in spite of a police ban.

They also wanted to prevent former president John Agyekum Kufuor from attending the event, but backed down after public pressure.

The NPP, citing alleged voting fraud, has refused to be part of the ceremony after rejecting Mahama’s election victory.

The opposition party has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the result of the presidential election. The opposition party says it took that action after gathering voter data from more than 26,000 polling stations across the country.
Clottey interview with Fritz Baffour, Ghana's information minister
Clottey interview with Fritz Baffour, Ghana's information ministeri
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: J. Flomo Matthew from: Cleveland, Ohio USA
January 06, 2013 10:35 PM
To my fellow brothers and sisters of Ghana. Please accept the results of the elections. There is no such thing as perfect democracy. The cardinal rule is one side wins and one side loses. You are the stars of African Democracy. Please let it be....

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid