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Ghana passes law ‘to evict presidents’

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Outgoing presidents in Ghana could be forcibly evicted from their official residences if they fail to move out in time, under new laws.

Presidents and vice-presidents will have to hand over official homes and vehicles at least two weeks before the inauguration of a new leader.

Ministers and other officials will have one month to do the same.

With general elections due on 7 December, the law aims to reduce delays in transferring government property.

The bill, which was passed by MPs on Wednesday, will now go to the president to sign into law.

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Existing legislation requires officials to hand back government property after they leave office, but this is the first time there has been a strict time limit applied.

Ghana’s current leader John Mahama lives in his private residence, while the official presidential residence Flagstaff House is being renovated.

Mr Mahama is standing for re-election and his main opponent is Nana Akufo-Addo. The winner will be inaugurated on 7 January 2017.

In previous transitions of power, some officials have had to be forcibly evicted and had their state-owned vehicles seized after failing to hand them over.

Ghana’s presidential candidates:

  • John Dramani Mahama, incumbent – National Democratic Congress
  • Nana Akufo-Addo – New Patriotic Party
  • Ivor Kobina Greenstreet – Convention People’s Party
  • Jacob Osei Yeboah – independent candidate
  • Presidential terms in Ghana last for four years and there is a two-term limit.


Source: BBC

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