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Prime Minister of Ghana

The Prime Minister of Ghana was the head of government of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and again from 1969 to 1972.

Prime Minister of Ghana
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AppointerGovernor-General of Ghana (1957–1960)
President of Ghana (1969–1972)
Formation6 March 1957
First holderKwame Nkrumah
Final holderKofi Abrefa Busia
Abolished13 January 1972

History of the officeEdit

The country's first leader and Prime Minister was Kwame Nkrumah of the Convention People's Party (CPP). He held that post from the date of Ghanaian independence – 6 March 1957 to 1 July 1960, when a new constitution came into effect that abolished the position. Nkrumah became President of the Republic, but was later overthrown in a 1966 military coup.

When Ghana returned to civilian rule in 1969, the parliamentary system was restored. The Progress Party (PP), led by Kofi Abrefa Busia, won parliamentary elections and he became Prime Minister on 1 October 1969. Busia's government was deposed in a military coup on 13 January 1972.

A presidential system was instituted in 1979 when civilian rule was re-established. The post of Prime Minister was never revived.

Prime Ministers of Ghana (1957–1972)Edit

Parties

  Convention People's Party
  Progress Party

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Political Party
Prime Minister of the Dominion of Ghana
1   Kwame Nkrumah
(1909–1972)
6 March 1957 1 July 1960 Convention People's Party
Prime Minister of the Republic of Ghana
Post abolished (1 July 1960 – 1 October 1969)
2   Kofi Abrefa Busia
(1913–1978)
1 October 1969 13 January 1972 Progress Party
Post abolished (13 January 1972 – present)

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