The Republic of Ghana today January 7, 2023 celebrates the 30th anniversary of its democratic rule in the country.
The 1992 Constitution is the only constitution that has stood the test of time since Ghana gained independence in 1957.
The country experienced multiple coups during the 1960s and 1970s, before Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings overthrew Hilla Limann in 1981, ushering in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
There has been five elected presidents through from the induction of the 1992 constitution and therefore have recorded no coup since.
Presidents who have ruled Ghana since 1992 are Jerry John Rawling (NDC), John Agyekum Kufuor (NPP), Prof. John Atta Mills (NDC), John Dramani Mahama (NDC) and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This day themed the ” Constitution Day” was set aside by the reigning president, H.E Akufo-Addo to be commemorated each year as a holiday. The first of this celebration was observed in 2019.
Addressing the nation the President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday January 6, 2023, entreated Ghanaians not to take the democracy everybody has accepted for granted.
“We’ve come a long way, and we should not take it for granted that everybody in Ghana has accepted democracy as the preferred mode of governance. There are those that would rather have authoritarian rule because they claim our country is underdeveloped and democracy is cumbersome and that we need to get things done in a hurry,” the President advised in his address.