Nana Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating incumbent President John Mahama in the 2016 Presidential election.
Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra.
In a speech as he took office, the President said “I will not let the good people of Ghana down.
“I pledge to do my best to move this country to higher level of development; I will not let the good people of Ghana down.
“We should move on to deepen our democracy.”
The 72-year-old president also promised to work with Ghana’s neighbours “to ensure stability on the African continent.”
The new president, a lawyer who served as Ghana’s foreign minister in 2008, vowed to build on the West African country’s economic success.
Akufo-Addo got 53.85 per cent of the votes in Ghana’s September election to defeat incumbent John Mahama who got 44 per cent of the votes.
The peaceful transition of power from ex-president Mahama has drawn special attention from around the world.
Fourteen African heads of state including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the ceremony in Accra.