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General News of Friday, 1 October 2010

Source: Citifmonline

Joyce Bamford Addo Is President Of Ghana

The Speaker of Parliament, Mrs Joyce Bamford Addo has been sworn in as acting President of the Republic of Ghana. She would be acting as President for a few hours until the Vice President returns from Nigeria.

A vacuum was created after President Mills and Vice President John Mahama left the country on international assignments.

President Mills is currently in Japan on a state visit whilst John Mahama is also in Nigeria to join the West African neighbours in the celebration of their 50th independence anniversary.

The swearing in of the Speaker of Parliament as acting President is in conformity of Article 60(11) and (12) of the 1992 constitution which states that the Speaker of Parliament must be sworn in and take over as President of the country in the absence of the president and his Vice.

The Speaker of parliament issued a statement recalling parliament from their recess for her swearing in ceremony on Friday, October 1.

The power vacuum created raised concerns in the media over why the government could commit such a blunder.

Some have even surmised that had any unfortunate incident happen to the vice President John Mahama who was close to a bomb blast area during the anniversary celebrations in Nigeria, who would have headed the nation?