Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho has just been sworn in to act as President in the absence of President John Mahama and Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur.
Mr. Adjaho had previously refused to be sworn in when the two statesmen were out of the country. This forced a private citizen, Samuel Atta Mensah, CEO of Accra-based Citi FM, to seek interpretation of the law at the Supreme Court.
The ruling, which was given recently, makes it a constitutional obligation for the Speaker to take the presidential oath and assume responsibilities of the President and his deputy are outside jurisdiction.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur is presently on an official assignment in India, and President Mahama has either left the jurisdiction or is about leaving the country on an official trip.
At a short ceremony before MPs on Wednesday morning, Chief Justice, Georgina Wood, administered the Presidential oath to the Speaker in line with the requirements of Article 60 (12) of Ghana’s 1992 constitution.