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Title:The President, His Vice and the Constitution of Ghana: Implications of the Rawlings-Arkaah Conflagration
Author:Botchway, F. Nii Nuertey
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:political conditions
political stability
executive power
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Political leadership
constitutional law
political conflicts
Abstract:On 28 December 1995, Ghana's President Jerry J. Rawlings allegedly had a scuffle with the then Vice-President, Kow Arkaah, at a cabinet meeting in Accra. This article traces the economic and political circumstances in Ghana that precipitated this crisis and examines the various political and constitutional questions raised by the 'Presidential fight'. For political reasons, it was unlikely that either of the two political leaders would voluntarily resign from office, as demanded by many Ghanaians. Nor was President Rawlings inclined to follow the clear constitutional procedures that existed to deal with the matter, and in this respect his suggestion to amend the Constitution in a way that would enable him to rid himself of Kow Arkaah as Vice-President can be considered premature. What the Ghanaian situation demonstrates is that political ambition, acumen and clout can override the clearest foundation for instituting the impeachment of a political leader. Notes, ref.