Chief Justice ‘Fails’ To Swear-In Speaker As president

Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho

Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho

The Chief Justice (CJ) Georgina Theodora Woode has again failed to swear in Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho as acting president.

Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey early on reported that the CJ was locked up in a meeting with the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, the Attorney General Marrieta Brew-Oppong, the Clarke of Parliament as well as the Majority and Minority leaders in a hope of convincing the Speaker to perform the constitutional mandate of being sworn into office.

Under the country’s laws, the Speaker has to be sworn into office to act as president when the substantive president and his vice are out of town.

However, that constitutional mandate was not carried out early this week when the two leaders were out of the country..

A huge legal controversy ensued early this week when it emerged that the Speaker refused to be sworn-in as president by the Chief Justice.

The Speaker told members on the floor that he did not see why he should take another oath when he had taken a similar oath a year ago.

When the news broke, the Majority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak told Joy News the Speaker was ready to be sworn in but it was rather the idea of the Chief Justice not to swear-in the Speaker because the latter had already taken the oath in September last year when the president and his vice were out of the country.

Several calls by to the Judicial Secretary to explain if it was indeed the idea of the Chief Justice not to swear in the Speaker proved futile.

On Friday, however, Elton John Brobbey said the Chief Justice had returned to the House apparently to swear-in the Speaker to act as president.

President John Mahama is on his way to Nigeria; his vice is already in India and the Speaker has to act as president.

However the Speaker has again refused to be sworn-in despite acting as president.

It is not clear yet what reasons were given for his refusal to be sworn-in except to assume that his earlier argument was again affirmed.

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