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Ghana deputy minister resigns for flouting COVID-19 restrictions


Ghanaians register as voters ahead of the country’s December general elections. /Photo courtesy: Ghanaian Presidency.

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister was forced to vacate his position for breaking government COVID-19 isolation measures after he tested positive for the disease.

Carlos Ahenkorah, who is also an MP, visited a voter registration center, where he mingled freely with the public and was seen hugging others in amateur footage posted on social media.

He however said he adhered to social-distancing rules, adding that he was asymptomatic.

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Some Ghanaians called for him to be prosecuted for putting the lives of fellow citizens at risk.

His resignation was confirmed by Ghana’s presidency, which said President Nana Akufo-Addo urged his appointees to “provide leadership” in the West African country’s fight against COVID-19.

“In accepting the resignation, the President recognises that Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah has acted honourably in the circumstances by resigning his office, and wishes him well,” a statement by the presidency said.

As of Friday afternoon, Ghana had reported 18,134 COVID-19 infections and 117 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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