By Philips Sunday
Ghana, (AN24) – New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo who defeated incumbent President, John Mahama in last month’s Presidential election, has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president.
The 72-year-old was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood before thousands of people and African leaders at the inaugural ceremony, which held at the Black Stars square, Accra, Ghana.
Taking the oath of office, which represents the latest peaceful handover of power in the West African country, Mr. Akufo-Addo promised to “protect and defend” Ghana’s constitution.
Mr. Akufo Addo, a former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories.
Taking the oath of office, the new President said: “I Nana Addo Dankwa Akofo-Addo, having been elected to the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana do in the name of the Almighty God swear that I will be faithful and true to the Republic of Ghana; that I will at all times preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana; and that I dedicate myself to the service and wellbeing of the People of the Republic of Ghana and to do right to all manner of Persons.
“I further solemnly swear that should I at anytime break this oath of office I shall submit myself to the Laws of the Republic of Ghana and suffer the penalty for it.
“So help me God”.
Mr. Akufo-Addo was elected on his third attempt to reach the number one position in Ghana, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.
The new President has vowed to revive the country’s economy, saying that “there are brighter days ahead”.