LIVE UPDATE: Swearing In Of Ghana’s New President, John Mahama

President Mahama: I have lost a father, a friend and a senior colleague.

In a short speech after he was sworn-in by the Chief Justice President John Mahama said “I lost a father, a friend and a senior colleague.”

According to him, the president died at 2:15 pm after a short illness.

In a sombre mood and a heavy heart, President Mahama on behalf of the government and the people of Ghana extended his condolences to the family of the late president.

He said Prof John Mills was a humble and modest person throughout his years public life and the finest tribute to give the late president is to maintain unity and stability in the party and country as a whole.

8:19 – Ghana’s president declares one week of morning with flags to fly at half mast in tribute to late President Atta Mills.

-Parliament is adjourned to tomorrow after the swearing in of John Mahama.

8:05 – John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in as Ghana’s president just hours after President John Atta Mills died.

8:08 – Chief Justice invited to swear in Vice President John Mahama as President.

Vice president takes the oath of allegiance.

8:03 – VP John Dramani Mahama enters into the Parliament

7:56 – Speaker declares Mr Atta Mills dead before the full house

7:50 – Speaker arrives Parliament.

Speaker of the house saying a prayer.

Parliament emergency sitting for the swearing-in of Vice-President John Mahama as president following the death of President Mills.

House Speaker Bamford-Addo prays.

She says:

It has become necessary to swear-in Vice-President Mahama as president in accordance with Article 60(6) of the constitution.

A minute silence.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Honourable members, I shall now invite the Majority and Minority to join me to receive the Vice-President from the lobby.

National Anthem being played.

Parliament is in a somber mood.

MPs are wearing black to signal they are mourning.

Chief Justice Georgina Wood administers oath.

Vice-President is sweeping while taking oath.

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