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

Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving

Feasts centering on turkeys with an array of traditional sides and desserts are part of the holiday's traditions, which falls on the fourth Thursday in November More

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

With two years left in term, analysts say, president has less to lose by taking conversation on race further More

Video Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti headed for the ISS, her countrymen worried how she would survive six months drinking only instant coffee 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.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Changei
X
November 24, 2014 10:09 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid