By Benjamin Mensah, GNA
Accra, July 18, GNA – Prof Aaron Michael
Oquaye, the Speaker on Parliament, was sworn–in late Tuesday evening as Acting
President of Ghana, following the absence of both President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia from the country.
Chief Justice Sophia Akufo administered both
the Oath of Allegiance and the Presidential Oath on the Floor of Parliament,
after which First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu, who was in the chair,
Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and his Minority Counterpart Haruna
Iddrisu, on behalf of the House congratulated the Speaker on his assumption to
the highest national political office.
This is the third time in the Seventh
Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana that the Speaker was being sworn to
act as President of Ghana.
In his contribution, the Majority Leader
expressed concern at the 1992 Constitution of Ghana for the phraseology used in
the administration of the Presidential Oath, arguing that the positon of the
Constitution was that of the President being elected- than otherwise.
The oath was administered close to 2200
hours amidst acclamation by both Sides of the House, with words as “Presido,
Presido,” “more reshuffle, and pardon Afoko.”
Members of Parliament present teased the
First Deputy Speaker, and called him Acting Vice President, implying he has
taken over from the Speaker, who is now Acting President, but Mr Osei-Owusu
calmly protested against the unofficial title.
Articles 60(11) and 60 (12) of the 1992
Constitution provides as that : “where the President and the Vice-President are
both unable to perform the functions of the President, the Speaker of
Parliament shall perform those functions until the President or the
Vice-President is able to perform those functions or a new President assumes
office, as the case may be; the Speaker shall, before commencing to perform the
functions of the President under clause (11) of this article, take and
subscribe the oath set out in relation to the office of President.