The president, Nana Akufo-Addo, on June 10, released the composition that will be his first cabinet of the second term and The Ghana Report gave you a breakdown of who is in and out, as well as the story of the new faces in the team.
The 1992 constitution of Ghana grants the president the power to put together a cabinet of not fewer than 10 and not more than 19 ministers. In spite of this, presidents have been known to invite other ministers to sit in cabinet meetings since the law grants that possibility if said ministers are of a vital need to the meeting.
The president and the vice-president are also members of the cabinet. If the president is unavailable, the vice-president hosts the meetings of the most powerful deliberative body in the Executive.
The cabinet is the highest deliberative and decision-making body of the Executive in Ghanaian democracy. It is, for intent and purposes, a cabal, and thus, those who make the list are seen as the most trusted and/or needed by the president.
But more often than not, Ghanaian presidents since 1993 have tried to compose cabinets that are representative of Ghana’s ethnic diversity. This is symbolic but its significance lies in the message it communicates about the presidency.
In the spirit of the times, presidents have also paid attention to representation for women as well as youth.
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