Accra, Jan. 7, GNA – Professor John Evans Atta Mills was on Wednesday sworn in as President of Ghana for a four-year first term following his victory in the December Presidential election. Wearing a rich kente cloth with a jumper underneath, he took the Presidential Oath and the Oath of Allegiance administered by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood. He swore on the Bible.
Vice President John Dramani Mahama, dressed in white flowing “agbada”, also took the oath of office. He took the oath of the Vice President and the Oath of Allegiance. He also swore on the Bible. They then signed the oaths they swore. The ceremony took place at the Independence Square, which was turned into an open air Parliament. The function was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life.
Several West African Heads of State and dignitaries from several countries also attended the swearing-in.
Defeated presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo also attended the inauguration, a sign, the BBC’s Will Ross says, that Ghana has a relatively mature democracy. [ image 2]
Former president and NDC founder Jerry Rawlings (right) was also at the ceremony. He saw his former rival John Kufuor stand down as president after serving the maximum two terms. [image 3]
After he was sworn in, Mr Atta Mills raised up the State Sword – representing government authority – to cheers from the crowd. [image 4]
President John Evans Atta Mills says the country has been ushered into a dawn of a new era of change for a better Ghana.
According to him, it is a change for a new direction based on consensus, fairness and equity which will inure to the benefit of the country.
He was speaking at his investiture at the Independence Square in Accra where the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, administered official oaths.
His Vice President, John Dramani Mahama was also sworn into office.
President John Evans Atta Mills called on all Ghanaians to put the just ended elections behind them in order to forge ahead in unity.
“There is no NDC Ghana, or NPP Ghana. We now have only one Ghana,” he noted, reiterating once more his desire to see a united Ghana since he was pronounced President.
He maintained there will be no room for political vendetta in his administration, adding his government will hit the road running to deliver on their electoral promises and national development.
He said his success or failure will be measured by his ability to deliver on his four cardinal promises of investing in people, job creation, improvement in infrastructure and open and honest government.