Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has travelled to Congo Brazzaville for the swearing-in of President-elect Denis Sassou Nguesso.
According to a statement issued by the Communications Bureau of Ghana’s Presidency, Mr. Akufo-Addo is attending the inauguration in his capacity as Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States.
The statement obtained by African Entertainment said Mr Akufo-Addo departed Ghana on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
“The President was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry,” according to the statement.
It said Mr Akufo-Addo “will return to Ghana on Friday, 16th April, 2021, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.”
The inauguration is expected to be held at the Palais des Congres.
Liberian President, George Weah, is in Congo for the ceremony.
Mr Sassou Nguesso has been in power for 36 years.
He is currently one of Africa’s longest-serving living presidents.
In March 2021, he was re-elected to lead the Republic of Congo , a former French colony once again.
The President-elect main contender, Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas, died from Coronavirus, a day after the elections.
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