Ghana’s newly elected President Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated into office Saturday in a ceremony attended by a number of African leaders, including the country’s past presidents.
Thousands of people gathered in Accra’s Independence Square, dressed in the red, blue and white colors of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to witness the swearing in of Akufo-Addo as president and Mahamudu Bawumia as vice president.
“My administration will provide the vision and shine the light for farmers and entrepreneurs to thrive in the country,” Akufo-Addo said at the ceremony, promising an improved economy under his leadership.
Akufo-Addo, 72, a former attorney general and foreign minister, won the December 7 election on his 3rd run for Ghana’s highest office, defeating incumbent John Dramani Mahama with the largest margin of victory for a presidential candidate since 1996.
The race was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy in the long-stable democracy.
The new president said Ghana had no excuses for remaining impoverished 60 years after gaining independence from Britain.
He also provided assurance that the country would deepen its commitment to democracy, noting his peaceful assumption of power was an important step.
Ghana stands as a democratic model in West Africa. The country has seen peaceful presidential transitions during every change of government since the country moved from military to democratic rule in 1992.
Earlier last week, former president, John Mahama, had urged Ghanaians to support the incoming administration.
Akufo-Addo’s NPP holds a majority in parliament, having won 169 seats while the former ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) now has 106 seats.