Brief Profile: Betty Mould-Iddrisu

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Betty Mould-Iddrisu (Mrs)Betty Mould-Iddrisu

Minister of Education

Date of Birth: 22/03/1953

Education: LLB, University of Ghana, Legon, 1973-76; LLM, London School of Economics, United Kingdom, 1978; BL, Ghana School of Law.

Career: Copyright Administrator, Head of Industrial Property Law Division, and Head of International Law Division, Ministry of Justice, Ghana, 1978-2003; Co-founder, African Women Lawyers Association, 1999; Director and Chief Legal Advisor, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK, 2003-2009; Minister for Justice and Attorney General, 2009-11; Minister of Education, 2011 to date

Commentary: Betty Mould-Iddrisu is Ghana's first female Attorney General and was once tipped to be President John Atta Mills's running mate in the 2008 presidential elections. She is married to Mahama Iddrisu, who served as an advisor and Defence Minister under the Jerry Rawlings government. According to some commentators, Rawlings's wife Nana Konadu encouraged President Mills to appoint Mould-Iddrisu as Attorney General. 

Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) party members have called for Mould-Iddrisu to take up a different position in government. They are angered by her failure to prosecute former New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials for alleged corruption during their time in office.

Source: Africa Confidential



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