John Dramani Mahama sworn in as West African nation’s leader following the sudden death of President John Atta Mills.
Ghanaian Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in as the West African nation’s leader following the sudden death of President John Atta Mills, in line with the country’s constitution.
Mahama took the oath of office as head of state before a sombre parliament on Wednesday, hours after the announcement of Mills’ death on Tuesday afternoon.
The swift adherence to Ghana’s constitution on succession underlines the country’s reputation as one of the most mature democracies in the region, commentators said.
“This is the saddest day in our nation’s history. Tears have engulfed our nation and we are deeply saddened and distraught,” Mahama said after being sworn in.
“I never imagined that one day that it would place our nation in such a difficult circumstance. I’m personally devastated, I’ve lost a father, I’ve lost a friend, I’ve lost a mentor and a senior comrade,” he said.
“Ghana is united in grief at this time for our departed president.”