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Ghana swears in new VP after parliamentary approval

Published on Aug 7, 2012 6:08 AM
New Vice President of Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (centre) is greeted by supporters after the swearing in ceremony in Accra on August 6, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

ACCRA (AFP) - Former central bank governor Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was on Monday sworn in as Ghana's new vice-president after his nomination was approved by parliament.

The 61-year-old banker was chosen by new President John Dramani Mahama who succeeded John Evans Atta Mills following his sudden death on July 24.

Ghana's chief justice Georgina Theodora Wood administered the oath of office to Mr Amissah-Arthur at a colourful ceremony in parliament attended by senior government officials and party supporters.

The new vice-president expressed gratitude to Ghanaians for having confidence in him and promised not to disappoint them.

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