Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo urges unity after fight breaks out in parliament

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo called for unity as He was sworn in on Thursday, after acrimonious elections that culminated in a fight on the floor of parliament, by Diramakini Reporter.
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo. (Photo by Reuters).

Soldiers entered Ghana’s parliament overnight to break up a scuffle between rival politicians at odds over the December 7th general elections that marred the major cocoa and gold producer’s reputation for peaceful polls. 

“I pledge before this august house and the good people of Ghana that all I do will be for the common good,” Mr Akufo-Addo said on Thursday at a swearing-in ceremony attended by heads of state from across West and Central Africa. 

He promised to boost growth, bring electricity to all, build more roads and achieve universal free healthcare.

The president defeated his main rival, former President John Mahama, in December's tightly fought election.

He faces the twin challenges of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and trying to boost the economy.

The president obtained 51.6% of the vote in the 7 December election, compared with 47.4% won by Mr Mahama, who served in the top job from 2012 to 2017.

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