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Nana Akufo-Addo is the new president of Ghana

Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating John Mahama in last month’s 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.

Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories.

But critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.

Mr Akufo-Addo’s inauguration represents the latest peaceful handover of power in Ghana.

Mr Akufo-Addo inspects a military parade as part of his inauguration ceremony on Saturday

 

The new president’s campaign to fix the country’s faltering economy proved popular with Ghanaians

 

Taking the oath of office in the capital’s Independence Square on Saturday, he promised to “protect and defend” Ghana’s constitution.

He said he would reduce taxes to boost the economy, adding that Ghana was now “opened for business again”.

Mr Akufo-Addo later posted the full text of the presidential oath on the social media site Twitter, using the hashtag #Inauguration2017.

He tweeted that his position was was not an avenue for making money and that he would not disappoint the people of Ghana.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, tweeted that he would not let his people down

Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, was elected on his third attempt to reach the post, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.

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