The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye will, later today [Sunday], January 21, 2018 be sworn-in as acting President of Ghana.
This follows reports that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be leaving for Monrovia later today to attend the inauguration of Liberia’s president-elect, George Weah, on Monday.
Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who would have ordinarily taken over as President, is unwell and is on medical leave in the United Kingdom after he left the country last Friday on the advice of his doctors.
A statement issued by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu recalled Parliament for an emergency sitting on Sunday at 2:30pm for the swearing in of the Speaker as acting president.
“In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by order 42 (3) of the standing orders of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Honourable Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, pursuant to order 13(2) do hereby summon Parliament to sit on Sunday, 21st January, 2018 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon at Parliament House, Accra for the swearing in of the Right Honourable Speaker as Acting President of the Republic in accordance with article 60(11) and (12) of the 1992 Constitution,” the statement added, but did not give further details.
According to the Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, the Speaker of Parliament must be sworn-in in the absence of the President and Vice President.
Article 60 (11) and (12) of the 1992 Constitution states that:
(11) Where the President and the Vice-President are both unable to perform the functions of the President, the Speaker of Parliament shall perform those functions until the President or the Vice-President is able to perform those functions or a new President assumes office, as the case may be.” “(12) The Speaker shall, before commencing to perform the functions of the President under clause (11) of this article, take and subscribe the oath set out in relation to the office of President.