General News of Tuesday, 31 July 2012
As earlier reported by radioXYZonline.com, it has been confirmed that the former Deputy Finance Minister in the PNDC regime and current Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has been selected by President Mahama to become Ghana’s new Vice President.
The position of Vice President became vacant following the sudden demise of President John Evans Atta Mills exactly a week ago on Tuesday, 24th July. In keeping with the dictates of the 1992 Constitution, his vice president, John Mahama was sworn in later that evening as President.
Many names were bandied around as potential replacements for John Mahama, including Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, former Finance Minister, Madam Hannah Tetteh, Trade and Industry Minister as well as former flagbearer aspirant, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.
But deep throat sources within the seat of government have confirmed to RadioXYZonline.com that President Mahama finally decided on economist Mr.Amissah-Arthur, who has been the Governor of the Central Bank since 2009.
Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur had been involved in the team of technocrats who managed Ghana’s structural adjustment programme since 1980’s.
Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur served as Chairman of Ghana International Bank Public Limited Company and has been its Director since November 25, 2009.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur holds a Masters degree in Economics and has lectured in Economics at the University of Ghana and also at the Anambra State College of Education, Awka Anambra State, Nigeria.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur, prior to his appointment, worked as a private Consultant and Economist. It is, however, not clear if he would we retained as President Mahama’s running-mate in the December polls. **