Ghana Central Bank head named vice president

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has chosen Central Bank governor, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, as his vice-president, a presidential spokesman told a local radio station.

The nomination will now go before parliament’s appointment committee for approval but the process is seen as a formality.

The decision means Mr. Amissah-Arthur is likely to line up alongside Mr. Mahama as his running mate after the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party said that it will name him as its candidate in the elections due at the end of the year.

“The president, in consultation with party leaders, has picked Amissah-Arthur, the governor of the Central Bank, to be vice president, pending parliamentary approval,” John Jinakpor said on Joy FM.

Mr. Mahama took over as Ghana’s president last week when President John Atta Mills died unexpectedly.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur has been governor of Ghana’s Central Bank since October, 2009 and has pushed through policies targeting growth and development in the cocoa, gold and oil production.

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