International media on John Mahama’s inauguration

President John Mahama
President John Mahama

John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as Ghana’s President January 7, 2013 to begin his full four-year term.

The President’s inauguration took place at the Independence Square in Accra and was attended by about 13 Heads of State with thousands of Ghanaians witnessing the event.

This was how the international media reported the event.

AFP: Ghana’s Mahama sworn in as president after vote row

Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as president on Monday at a ceremony attended by thousands in the capital but boycotted by the opposition, which has challenged the election results.

AP: Ghana inaugurates John Mahama as president

John Dramani Mahama became president of Ghana on Monday, sworn in as the opposition continues to dispute election results in one of West African’s most stable democracies.

Financial Times: Mahama sworn in as Ghana president

John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as Ghana’s president on Monday in a ceremony boycotted by the opposition, which disputed the results of the December poll.

Mr Mahama, 54, took the oath of office in the Black Star Square in Accra, watched by heads of state of some of Africa’s most powerful countries, including Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Global Post: John Mahama inaugurated as Ghana’s president, amid court challenge from opposition

Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama was inaugurated as president today, in a lavish ceremony boycotted by the opposition New Patriotic Party, which claims that Mahama’s December election victory was fraudulent.

International Business Times: Ghana drama for Mahama as opposition rejects presidential inauguration

Not even an official inauguration can put an end to a political controversy in the West African nation of Ghana, where the opposition party has endangered stability in the country by refusing to accept the results of a closely fought vote.

On Monday in the capital city of Accra, incumbent President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in to serve four more years at the helm of one of Africa’s most successful democracies. Mahama represents the National Democratic Congress, or NDC, which also won a majority of the seats in parliament.

BBC: John Mahama: Ghana’s NPP boycotts swearing in

Ghana’s main opposition party has boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of President John Mahama following last month’s disputed elections.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said Mr Mahama won the election fraudulently.

Official results gave Mr Mahama 50.7% of the vote, enough to avoid a run-off against the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo, who won 47.7%.

Reuters: Ghana opposition boycotts president’s inauguration

Ghana’s opposition boycotted the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama on Monday, ignoring his appeals to end a dispute over last month’s election in the West African state seen as a model democracy in the coup-prone region.

Christian Science Monitor: Ghana inauguration goes on, while opposition plots court comeback

President John Dramani Mahama was inaugurated today. But the opposition is not giving up its legal challenge to his election.

The inauguration of Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama on Monday was packed with visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries, but perhaps the most important guests to take a seat in Accra’s expansive Independence Square were the robed judges of the country’s Supreme Court.

Xinhua News Agency: Ghanaian President Mahama sworn in after winning elections

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in here on Monday for the next four-year tenure after winning elections last month.

He took both the oath of allegiance and presidential oath administered by Chief Justice Theodora Georgina Wood before a record crowd that thronged the more than 30,000 capacity Independence Square.

Compiled by Ekow Quandzie

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