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President Akufo-Addo’s Ministerial Reshuffle 1

16 Feb 2024

At the end of the day though, he is the appointing authority and the power to appoint or remove from office is constitutionally, his prerogative. [...] How and when it is done, again is a matter generally left to the discretion of the appointing authority, the President. [...] There are two central questions emerging from this reshuffle – 1) Why now? and 2) What impact will it have? Why now? The simple answer is “because the president decided this is the time to finally do a reshuffle.” However, there have been reports of mounted pressure on him to do a reshuffle. [...] Recall that during the party’s annual thanksgiving last December, the General Secretary of the party said this - “It is time for some changes in the government, so we get some new faces to continue. [...] We believe that if we get new appointments, we will be able to retain power in the next election.” Whatever the motivation in terms of the timing, it is a bit unusual to see a major reshuffle with only about eleven months left in office.
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