Speaker Of Parliament “Enjoys” Presidency For The Second Time Tomorrow


The Speaker of Parliament will tomorrow assume the reins of power following the absence of both the President and Vice President from the country.

As Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President John Mahama is expected to leave Accra for Burkina Faso on Wednesday to attempt to help end the political unrest in that country.

Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is currently out of the country on an official assignment to India thereby the Speaker will be sworn in as President for the second time by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood in accordance with the 1992 constitution which stipulates that the position of President of Ghana and Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces must not at any point be left functionally vacant.

This was made known in Parliament after the Speaker read a communication from the Flag Staff House announcing the President’s imminent departure.

Rt Hon Edward Doe Adjaho will thus perform the roles of President until President Mahama returns in the evening of Wednesday.

Burkina Faso is presently under the military after the nation’s President, Blaise Compaore resigned last Friday.

His resignation came in the wake of days of protests from Burkinabe citizens against his attempt to amend the nation’s constitution to extend his 27-year rule.

The African Union (AU) has ordered the Military to hand over power to a civilian in two weeks, insisting that, the takeover under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida was unconstitutional.

ECOWAS has also called for restraint to ensure the existing situation does not exacerbate.

It has pledged to work together with all parties involved to protect citizens.

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