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Heads of State of Ghana (1957 - To Date)

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The Unification of Gold Coast and British Togoland upon independence from Britain, took place from 6"th March 1957 to 1st July 1960. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who was the incumbent, was represented by:

Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke, as
Governor-General, from 6 March 1957 to 24 June 1957.

The 5th Earl of Listowel, William Francis Hare, (Lord Listowel), also served as the Governor General from 24th June 1957 to 1st July 1960.

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah served as Prime Minister of Ghana from 1957-1960. He became Ghana's first president, in 1960, after Ghana became a Republic on 151 July 1960. His term of office came to an end in 1966, when Major-General Joseph Arthur Ankrah deposed him in a coup d'etat.

Major-General Joseph Arthur Ankrah,
Chairman of the National Liberation Council, came to power, under military rule, in February 1966. In 1967, he was forced to resign as Chairman of NLC and
Head of State over a bribery scandah involving Fracis Nzerehe, a Nigerian Businessman.

Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa came into power with the rank of Brigadier, but was later promoted to the rank of General. His tenure of office spanned from 1967 1969 as Chairman of the National Liberation Council and head of state.

Edward Akufo-Addo, was a Ceremonial President of the Second Republic from August 1970 to January 1972, when he was deposed in a coup d'etat.

Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
(later, General), Chairman of the National Redemption Council took over from 1972 to October 1975. He had a second term from October 1975 to July 1978 (by which time the name of the junta had been changed to Supreme Military Council -SMC). He was overthrown by his second-in-Command, Lt. Gen. Fred Akuffo, and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) after he was accused of economic sabotage

Lieutenant-General Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, took over in a military coup d'etat as Chairman of the S Military Council from July 1978 1979 when he was overthrown in d'etat by Flight Lieutenant Jen Rawlings.

Dr. Hilla Limann, flagbearer People's National Party (PNP), was sworn in as a President of Ghana's Republic in September 1979. He was however, deposed in a coup d'etat Chairman of the Provisional N Defence Council (PNDC), Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings December 1981.

Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings
Chairman of the Armed F Revolutionary Council, came into from 4 June 1979 to 24 Septembei after overthrowing Lieutenant-G Akuffo in a coup d'etat.

John Agyekum Kufuor, then flag of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ce power on 7'h January, 2001, after democratically elected on 28* Dece 2000. He is currently serving a si term, which ended in December 2008.

John Evans Fifii Atta Mills (born 21 July 1944 is the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. He was Vice President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

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