PHOTOS: Ghana President Mahama’s Swearing-in ceremony

Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama, winner of the December 7 and 8 elections has been sworn in as the 4th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana.

Mahama was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Wood at an impressive ceremony attended by several dignitaries including former Presidents Jerry Rawlings and John Kufuor and hundreds of Ghanaians.

Dignitaries that were at the occasion to represent their countries include President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria, President Faure Gnasingbe of Togo and a delegation from the UK led by Mr. Mark Simmonds, Minister for Africa.

The rest are Burkinabe Prime Minister, Luc Adolphe Tiao, the Moroccan team led by a minister of state, and a group from the Czech Republic led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah was also sworn into office by the Chief Justice at the event grounds at the Independence Square in Accra.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) including its Parliamentarians boycotted the inaugural ceremony.

They are challenging the election results at the Supreme Court.

At exactly 10.30am, he completed the ritual and officially became the president bearing a golden “staff of office”, which he waved to the excited crowd. He signed the ascension of office documents before taking his seat as president to the admiration of an expectant nation.

In his inaugural address, which he gave at 10.40am, Mahama promised better days ahead. He called on Ghanaians to support him to make the country better. He spoke for about 20 minutes.

In his speech, the president told Ghanaians: “I will not let you down.”

“The promises that I have made are the promises I intend to keep,” he said.

Below are pictures from the ceremony.

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Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in Monday

Supporters cheer during the inauguration ceremony for President John Dramani Mahama, at Independence Square in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in Monday for a new four-year term in the West African nation’s capital of Accra after winning a closely fought election in December. Photo: Gabriela Barnuevo / AP

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in

Dancers perform at Independence Square ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect John Dramani Mahama, in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in Monday for a new four-year term in the West African nation’s capital of Accra after winning a closely fought election in December. Photo: Gabriela Barnuevo / AP

Ghanaian women cheer as President Mahama leaves his inauguration ceremony in Accra.

Ghanaian women cheer as President Mahama leaves his inauguration ceremony in Accra. Photograph: Gabriela Barnuevo/EPA

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A Ghanaian woman arrives at Independence Square hours ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect John Dramani Mahama, in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Mahama became president of Ghana on Monday, sworn in as the opposition continues to dispute election results in one of West African’s most stable democracies. Photo: Gabriela Barnuevo / AP

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