Amidst chaos, Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as the President of Ghana

Amidst clashes in the Ghana Parliament among rival lawmakers, Nana Akufo-Addo  was sworn in as the President of the country for a second term. The clashes occurred as legislators were voting to choose the next parliament speaker and a lawmaker from the ruling party tried to seize the ballot box. “There was total breakdown of law and order,” said MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). 

“Looking at a member of parliament and a minister of state snatching ballot papers… was so shameful.” 

Alban Bagbin, the candidate from Ghana’s other main party, the NDC, was voted in as speaker. 

“The attempt to snatch ballot papers … and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament,” said losing presidential candidate John Mahama in a Facebook post congratulating Bagbin. 

General elections were held in Ghana on 7 December 2020. Incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was re-elected in the first round after securing a majority of the votes .

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