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‘I will resign from FIFA when approved as Chief Justice’ – Anin Yeboah

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The Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Anin Yeboah has promised to resign as Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee when Parliament approves his nomination.

Answering questions before the Appointments Committee of Parliament (ACP) Monday, Justice Anin Yeboah said once his nomination is approved, he would resign from his various roles at the global football governing body.

“I will resign from FIFA when you clear me,” he told the ACP.

Presently, Justice Anin Yeboah serves as a member of the Reform Task Force of FIFA/CAF for Organisation of African Football in addition to his role as the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. A position he has held since 2017.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, nominated Justice Anin Yeboah as Chief Justice in accordance with Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, which provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”

Article 144 (2) provides that, “the other Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament.”

Consistent with the 1992 Constitution, the President wrote a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, informing him about the nomination of Justice Anin Yeboah for the position of Chief Justice.

Consequently, the Speaker of Parliament referred the President’s nominee for Chief Justice to the ACP for consideration and report.

The 26-member committee chaired by Mr Joseph Osei Owusu dug into his educational and professional background to determine his preparedness to head the third arm of government.

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