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Meet Akufo-Addo’s 15-member transition team

President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed a 15-member transitional team following the Electoral Commission’s declaration of his victory in the 2020 presidential elections.

The team will be led by the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare according to a government statement.

Akufo-Addo who will be serving a second four-year term named Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo; Chief Justice, Gloria Akuffo; Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta; Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery; Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister; and Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway as members.

The other members include Hajia Alima Mahama, Local Government Minister; Albert Kan Dapaah, National Security Minister; Head of Civil Service, Nana Dwamena; Head of Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur and Dr. Janet Amapdu Fofie, Chair of the Public Services Commission.

The Secretary to Cabinet, Mercy Debrah; Joshua Kyeremeh, the National Security Coordinator and Henry Wood, the acting Chief Director of the Office of the President are the remaining members.

The appointment of a transitional team is a constitutional requirement of a government in power after a general election.

The Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845) states that “the person elected as President shall appoint an equal number of persons as appointed under paragraph (a) to constitute a Transition Team that shall include the Head of the Civil Service, the Head of the Local Government Service the Secretary to the Cabinet and the National Security Coordinator”.

The Act stipulates that where the incumbent is reelected for a second term as in the case of President Akufo-Addo “where the incumbent President is re-elected for a second term, “the President shall designate members of the Transition Team.”

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