General News of Monday, 6 August 2012
His Excellency Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has been sworn in as the fifth Vice President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
The oath of office was administered by the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood on the floor of parliament Monday night. This was in accordance with Article 66 (10) of the 1992 Republican Constitution.
The swearing in ceremony follows nearly two hours of vetting by Parliament’s Appointment Committee. Mr. Amissah-Arthur prior to his appointment as Vice President was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur was nominated by President John Mahama last Tuesday to fill the vacant post that was created after the latter assumed office as the president following the death of President Mills.
The Chairman of the Appointment Committee Hon. Doe Adjaho moved for the motion to be accepted and the Ranking Member of the committee and Minority Leader, Hon Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu seconded.
By the Standing Orders of the House, Parliament voted to approve the nomination and the Speaker ruled in favour of the Ayes.
He is expected to chair a number of committee’s including the Economic Management Committee.
In a short speech, Vice President Amissah-Arthur thanked President J.E.A. Mahama and the parliament for the opportunity to serve the country.
He congratulated parliament for showing unity during his swearing-in as Vice President and extended a hand of friendship to all an sundry who wish him well.**