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Ghana President pledges to defend Constitution

President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to protect and defend Ghana’s constitution.

President Akufo-Addo made the promise after his swearing in, which represents the latest peaceful handover of power in the country.

Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra.

Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer also promised free high school education and more factories.” But critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.

Mr Akufo-Addo repeated the presidential oath after it was read out to him at a ceremony in the capital’s Independence Square on Saturday.

He later posted the full text of the presidential oath on the social media site Twitter, using the hashtag #Inauguration2017.

Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, was elected on his third attempt to reach the post, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.

Major roads in and around the capital were cordoned off for Saturday’s event.

Reviving economy

He said he would reduce taxes to boost the economy, stressing that Ghana was now opened for business again.

Mr Akufo-Addo said that there are brighter days ahead.

An economic slump under Mr Mahama led to an International Monetary Fund bail-out.

The current president has defended his record, saying his government had been up against ‘strong headwinds’ that caused growth to slow, public sector debt to rise and the country’s currency, the cedi, to fall.

Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992 and the transition is seen as reinforcing its reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations.

Source: Voice of Nigeria