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Presidential Address with H.E. John D. Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana

On Friday, September 27th, NYU Africa House

presented a presidential address featuring

H.E. John D. Mahama

President of the Republic of Ghana

Location: NYU Kimmel Center

Rosenthal Pavilion – 10th Floor

60 Washington Square South,

New-York, NY, 10012

10:15 am – 11:30 am Registration and Breakfast

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Presidential Address

Biography

John D. Mahama was popularly elected in an election conducted by Ghana’s Electoral Commission on December 7, 2012. This is his first term as President (January 07 2013 – January 06 2017), despite serving the remaining five (5) months of the late President J. E. A. Mills’ term.

John D. Mahama ascended to the Office of President after the untimely demise of the late President – His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills on the 24th of July 2012. President Mahama had previously served as the Vice President and upon the passing of President Mills took over the reins of government and led the country to bid a befitting farewell to a leader who was much loved, respected, and can be described as a Ghanaian icon.

The Ghanaian Constitution of 1992 provides in Article 60 (6) that, “Whenever the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Vice-President shall assume office as President for the unexpired term of office of the President with effect from the date of the death, resignation or removal of the President”.

President Mahama, therefore, assumed the role of Head of State, Head of Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ghana from the time of the passing of the late President. He was sworn into office on the same day by the Chief Justice, and Ghana accomplished a peaceful transition that demonstrated the strength and robustness of the country’s democratic institutions.