[Photos] Ghana’s 7th Parliament inaugurated

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The Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic was duly inaugurated the dawn of Saturday, January 7.

All 275 Members including first timers were sworn in by Prof. Mike Oquaye, who had been earlier elected and  sworn-in as the new Speaker.

He was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood.

Below are some breathtaking moments during the ceremony on Saturday:

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New entrant to Parliament Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who will represent Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency in the E/R
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Another new entrant but an experienced public officer, Dr Alfred Nii Okoe Vanderpuye, who represents Ablekuma South
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Some of the oldies retained their seats…
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…it then becomes a blend of old and new. Former Member for Wenchi West Asiedu Nketia (R) has some words for oldie Ato Forson (M) and Vanderpuye (L)
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The Holy Bible and the Quran were made available for the swear-in…

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Son of Former President Rawlings was in the public gallery probably to support his elder sister, Zanetor, who is one of the new faces
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Dr Zanetor Rawlings (in black) will represent Klottey Korle
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It was a hale and hearty moment on the floor….
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Leadership on the Minority side has switched as Haruna Iddrisu (in light blue jacket) leads…
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The Majority side also tweaked its leadership slightly…Adwoa Safo (lady in handshake) joins Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu as leaders
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Former President Rawlings (in white standing) was also present, in a rare gesture…probably to support his daughter
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…but the opportunity was not missed to ‘patch up with’ Okoe Vanderpuye
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The two received applause for it…

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It was a bury-the-hatchet moment from Thursday’s widely circulated ‘Okoe snub’ video
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The two became the cynosure of all eyes…

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…in the absence of a Speaker, the clerk ran proceedings

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…until a Speaker was sworn in

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Prof Mike Oquaye becomes the next Speaker of Parliament
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…and he takes over the running of affairs
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Prof Oquaye administers the oath of Members of Parliament…

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…the mace-bearer cannot be overlooked at such rare moments

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Seventh Parliament ready for Nana Akufo-Addo’s swearing-in

Photos taken by Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

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