President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has traveled out of Ghana barely a week after being re-elected for a second term.
He left Accra on Sunday, first of all, for Ivory Coast, where he will attend the swearing-in of Alassane Ouattara, who was recently re-elected as President in November. The ceremony will take place in Abidjan on Monday, December 14.
President Akufo-Addo will also attend the swearing-in of Professor Alpha Condé, who was in October re-elected President of Guinea. That ceremony, in Conakry, will take place on Tuesday.
Ghana’s president, whose second term will officially begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021, is attending those two functions in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
A release issued by the Presidency also said: “The President will from 15th December be in London for a private visit.”
He is accompanied by First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and officials of the Presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He is expected to return to Ghana on Monday, December 21, in time for the funeral of former president Jerry John Rawlings.
In his absence, Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will act in his stead in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana