Speaker Of Parliament Rejects Role As Acting President

The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, Wednesday declined to be sworn-in as acting President, prompting some MPs to question his motive.

In line with the 1992 Constitution, Mr Adjaho is acting as President in the absence of President John Mahama and Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

President Mahama, who is the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) , is in Burkina Faso to prevail upon the military authorities to hand over power to civilians, following the ousting of President Blaise Campaore.

Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, on the other hand, is in New Delhi, India on a four-day official visit.

Though the Chief Justice, Madam Georgina Wood, went to Parliament to swear-in Mr Adjaho, he refused to be sworn-in, arguing that the oath he took in September this year when he acted as President was still in effect.

According to Accra-based Joy FM, after a discussion with the Chief Justice, it was agreed that the oath was still in effect.

When the decision was announced to MPs, some of them questioned the rationale for Mr Adjaho’s decision.

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