15 heads of states to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration

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At least 15 heads of states will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the 7th January, 2021.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway at a press briefing announced on Tuesday that the Heads of States and Envoys will be coming from various continents.

The countries are Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Chad, Liberia, Togo, Guinea Bissau, Benin and Niger. For Gambia, Nigeria, Gabon, Gambia, India and France would have their foreign ministers representing their leaders.

Others include the UK Minister for Africa, US Special Envoy, President of ECOWAS Commission, AU Commission Chairperson among others.

The visitors attending the ceremony, she told the media will be required to provide a negative 72-hour Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before being admitted into the country.

She said: “The committee has been minded by the COVID-19 protocols for social distancing which will be adhered to. As part of the protocol guidelines, visiting delegations will be required to provide a 72-hour PCR test before they are admitted into the country.”

“In this connection, participants in the ceremony will be required to keep their face masks on at all the times. Indeed, the need to strictly observe the COVID-19 protocols informed the number of persons which will be accredited to the ceremony,” she said.

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