Ghana's National Assembly yesterday (Thursday) took the first steps for the election of a President to replace the country' three-man Presidential Commission.
GV Parliament House
MV & SV Drummers (4 shots)
MLV Arrival of Busia
MV & SV Busia takes salute (2 shots)
LV Parade of Naval officers
MV Busia walks off dais
GV Military on horseback taking salute
MV & SV Members of presidential commission take salute (2 shots)
LV Parade of naval officers (2 shots)
TV Pan int. Parliament House with members seated
MV Members of presidential commission
MV Members seated
MV Afrifa opening Parliament
MV Members seated
LV Int. Parliament House
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Background: Ghana's National Assembly yesterday (Thursday) took the first steps for the election of a President to replace the country' three-man Presidential Commission. This was announced two days after the official opening of Parliament - the second since Ghana's return to civilian rule last October.
At the opening of Parliament, the Chairman of the Presidential Commission, Brigadier Akwasi Africa, announced a one-year plane to boost agricultural production and speed up rural development.
Brigadier Africa also said that Ghana would retain its membership of the Commonwealth and of the United Nations.
Yesterday, the Assembly unanimously passed a motion moved by Prime Minister Dr. Kofi Busia dissolving the Presidential Commission from August 7.
The new President, who is expected to be chosen by the end of August, will be the first Head of State since the coup in February 1966 which toppled former President Kwame Nkrumah.
According to observers, possible candidates for the presidency include Mr. Justice Nii Amaa Ollennu, Speaker of the National Assembly; Sir Edward Akuffo-Addo, the Chief Justice, and Dr. Robert Gardner, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Abba.