PM Hailmariam Desalegn attends Presidential Inaugural Ceremony in Ghana
H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn attended the inaugural ceremony of President elect Nana Akufo-Addo, held at the Independence Square in Accra on Saturday January 7, 2017.
P.M. Hailemariam led an Ethiopian delegation and arrived in Accra on Friday, January 6, 2017 and received by Ghanaian High officials at the airport.
The swearing-in ceremony of President elect Nana Akufo-Addo as the 5th president of the Fourth Republic and his Vice President Alhaji Dr. Muhamadu Bawumia was conducted before the 275 members of parliament and 6000 invited dignitaries and 12 Heads of state and government, two vice presidents, 12 government representatives, 5 multilateral organizations representatives among others.
President Akufo-Addo, 72, won the presidential election held in December gaining majority of the votes, beating the incumbent leader president John Mahama.
President Mahama accepted defeat and congratulated his successor. The peaceful succession of power is hailed as an exemplary decision by Ghanians, Political commentators and the international community at large.
P.M. Hailemariam Dessalegn congratulated the new President along with other heads of state and government attending the ceremony.
Ethiopia and Ghana have longstanding relations and Ghana is the first African Country to open its embassy in Ethiopia in 1959.
In April 2016, H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has paid a three-day official visit to the Republic of Ghana.
Ethiopia and Ghana signed general cooperation agreements in 2014 and agreements on establishing joint ministerial commission on Communication, Information and Media, Culture and Tourism in 2015.
The MOU for twinning the Ethiopian peace keeping center with Kofi Annan International peace Keeping center was also signed during the official visit of the Prime Minster in 2016.