8 January 2013

Ghana: President Sworn in

Accra — The head of state of Ghana, John Mahama has promised to work hard to consolidate the democratic values of the country during the swearing in ceremony before thousands of Ghanaians gathered at the Independence Square in Accra.

"I will create a path of opportunity and development for all regardless of ethnic, social or political affiliations," promised the president.

"I will keep the promise, I will not betray Ghana and will work hard to consolidate the democratic values of the country," said Mahama exactly one month after he was elected with about 50.7% of the vote.

Mahama later addressed a delegation of diplomats and African presidents that included Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Jacob Zuma of South Africa among others.

Mahama first became head of state July last year after the death of his predecessor and party colleague, John Atta Mills.

Mahama stressed the need to combine economic growth with a commitment to rights and freedoms. He stressed the need to develop hydrocarbon resources production which began in 2011. He then said that the country should focus on forms of dialogue and co-operation extended to the entire spectrum of political forces recognized by the Constitution.

The opponents of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the regularity of the elections won by Mahama's National Democratic Congress.

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