Vice-President of Ghana

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Vice-President of Ghana
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

since 6 August 2012
Style His/Her Excellency
Residence Flagstaff House
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Joseph W.S. deGraft-Johnson
Republic established
Kow Nkensen Arkaah
Current Constitution
Formation Republic Day
1 July 1960
1992 Constitution
15 May 1992
Salary unknown
Website (English)
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The Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana is the second-highest executive official in Ghana. The Vice-President, together with the President of Ghana, is directly elected by the people through popular vote to serve a four-year term of office. The Vice-President is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would ascend to the presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. The current Vice-President is Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who took office after his predecessor became President on 24 July 2012.


The provisions of article 62 of the 1992 Constitution apply to a candidate for election as Vice-President:

  • (a) he/she is a citizen of Ghana by birth
  • (b) he/she has attained the age of thirty-five years; and
  • (c) he/she is a person who is otherwise qualified to be elected a Member of Parliament, except that the disqualifications set out in paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of clause (2) of article 94 of this Constitution shall not be removed, in respect of any such person, by a presidential pardon or by the lapse of time as provided for in clause (5) of that article.

Oath of office[edit]

The Vice-President of Ghana must be sworn in by the Chief Justice before the citizens of Ghana at the Independence square in Accra. The Vice-President-elect must repeat the following:

"I,........................................................................................................having been elected to the office of Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, do (in the name of the Almighty God swear) (solemnly affirm) that I will be faithful and true to the Republic of Ghana; that I will at all times preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana; and I dedicate myself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of Ghana and to do right to all manner of persons.

I further (solemnly swear) (solemnly affirm) that should I at any time break this oath of office, I shall submit myself to the laws of the Republic of Ghana and suffer the penalty for it. (So help me God)."


The duties of the Vice-President of Ghana are:

  • presiding of various meetings in absence of the President
  • acting President when the President is out of the country

The Vice-President is also a member of

  • The National Security Council
  • The Armed Forces Council[1]
  • The Police Service Council[2]
  • The Prisons Service Council[3]

List of Vice-Presidents of Ghana[edit]

Title Name Inaugurated Left Office Notes
Vice President Joseph W.S. deGraft-Johnson September 24, 1979 December 31, 1981 Deposed in a coup d'état
Vacant December 31, 1981 January 7, 1993
Vice President Kow Nkensen Arkaah January 7, 1993 January 7, 1997
Vice President John Atta Mills January 7, 1997 January 7, 2001
Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama January 7, 2001 January 7, 2009
Vice President John Dramani Mahama January 7, 2009 July 24, 2012 Succeeded to the presidency after the death of President Mills
Vacant July 24, 2012 August 6, 2012
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur August 6, 2012 Incumbent


  1. ^ Chapter 17 Article 211 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana
  2. ^ Chapter 15 Article 201 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana
  3. ^ Chapter 16 Article 206 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
President of Ghana
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice President of Ghana
Succeeded by
Joyce Bamford-Addo
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana