Outgoing President Mahama to Deliver Final State of the Nation Address on Thursday


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Mahama’s last address will herald the end of the life of the 6th Parliament of the fourth Republic, which would officially be dissolved on January 6, 2017.

Outgoing President John Mahama will this Thursday, January 5, 2017, deliver his final State of the Nation address to Parliament. The final State of the Nation address is in fulfillment of Article 67 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution which states that the President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation.

The address was earlier slated for Thursday, December 22, 2016, but was later postponed because Parliament’s Business Statement made no provision for the address at that time.

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Mahama whose tenure as President ends on January 7, 2017, is expected to use the platform to tout his achievements during his tenure of office. Mahama’s last address will also herald the end of the life of the 6th Parliament of the fourth Republic, which would officially be dissolved on January 6, 2017.

According to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo in an interview with Citi News, minutes after the life of the 6th parliament stands is dissolved, the next one is activated by the inauguration ceremony which will take place on the midnight of the 7th.

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President Mahama will on January 7, hand over to President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he lost to in the just concluded elections on December 7 2016. The outgoing President who has given a hint of his plans after handover, recently said he would take a long break from political activities. According to Mahama, he will subsequently be engaged in sub-regional, continental and global matters.

Vice President Mahama became Ghana’s President on July 24 2012, following the death of the then president John Atta Mills, which occurred that same year. Mahama subsequently won the December 2012 general election, where he beat his rival Nana Addo, now President-elect.