John Dramani Mahama was inaugurated President of Ghana on Monday in a ceremony boycotted by the opposition over claims of electoral fraud.
Mahama, 54, was sworn in at a ceremony attended by numerous Heads of State and a crowd of Ghanaians in Accra's Independence Square.
“I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of Ghana and I'll preserve and protect the constitution of the Republic of Ghana, so help me God,” said Mahama in taking the oath.
Mahama, a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, won 50.7 per cent of Ghana's election on Dec. 7.
His 68-year-old opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), received 47.74 per cent.
The NPP, which alleged vote rigging in the wake of Mahama's narrow win, boycotted the swearing-in ceremony.
The party had earlier filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the results that declared incumbent Mahama the winner, claiming that 700,000 to 1 million votes were added in his favour.
?The inauguration was attended by various dignitaries, including the Presidents of Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea, as well as the Chairman of the AU.