John Willie Kofi Harlley

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John Willie Kofi Harlley
10th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
In office
Preceded by Lt. Gen. J. A. Ankrah
Succeeded by Patrick Dankwa Anin
9th Minister for Interior
In office
Preceded by Laurence Rosario Abavana
Succeeded by Simon Diedong Dombo
1st Inspector General of Police of the Ghana Police Service
In office
Preceded by E. R. T. Madjitey
Succeeded by B. A. Yakubu
Personal details
Born (1919-05-09)9 May 1919
Akagla, Volta Region, Ghana[1]
Died c. 1980s
Nationality Ghana Ghanaian

John Willie Kofi Harlley (19 May 1919 – c. 1980s) was a former foreign minister of Ghana. He was a member of the Presidential Commission that ruled Ghana during the military era of the National Liberation Council and the first year of the Second Republic.[2] He was also a former Inspector General of Police in Ghana.


At the time of the February 24, 1966 coup d'état that removed the Convention People's Party government of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Mr. Harlley was the Inspector General of Police, making him the most senior police officer in the country. He was one of the eight members of the National Liberation Council government formed afterwards.[3] He remained in his office as the head of the police force and in addition was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs between 1967 and 1968.[4] On September 3, 1969, a Presidential Commission was formed. Mr. Harlley was one of the three members of the commission. This commission remained in place even after the handover to the democratically elected Progress Party government of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia. On August 7, 1970, the commission was replaced by an interim President, Nii Amaa Ollennu.[2]

Mr. Harlley died during the eighties.


  1. ^ Europa Publications Limited (1975). Africa South of the Sahara. Europa Publications Limited. ISBN 9780900362750. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b Roberto Ortiz de Zárate. "Leaders of Ghana". World Political Leaders 1945–2007. Zárate's Political Collections. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Nkrumah's Overthrow!". News archive. Ghana Home Page. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  4. ^ B. Schemmel. "Foreign ministers E-K - Ghana". Lists of heads of state of government and ministers of various countries. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
E.R.T. Madjitey
Inspector General of Police
1965 – 1969
Succeeded by
B. A. Yakubu
Political offices
Preceded by
Laurence Rosario Abavana
Minister for the Interior
1966 – 1969
Succeeded by
Simon Diedong Dombo
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Joseph A. Ankrah
Foreign Minister
1967 – 1968
Succeeded by
Patrick Dankwa Anin