Majority Leader Reveals Plans for Emergency Recall of Parliament

The Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Hon. Alexander Afenyo Markin, revealed during a press conference in Parliament that the majority side has initiated a process to recall Parliament to consider some important government business.

Addressing members of the parliamentary press corps, the Majority Leader says a memo was presented to Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament Alban Kingdford Sumana Bagbin to exercise his discretion under the powers given him in Standing Orders 57 and 58, but unfortunately that wasn’t successful.

According to him, the majority is left with no option but to invoke Article 112(3) of the 1992 Constitution, which states that “not withstanding another provision of this article, 15 percent of members of Parliament may request a meeting of Parliament, and the speaker shall within seven days after the receipt of the request summon Parliament,” and this constitutional provision is also in the new Standing Order 53.

“We are fortified by law to proceed with our prayer, and therefore, in terms of these, we have initiated the process to trigger this, and we do so in good faith and for the good of our democracy,” he stated.

Hon. Afenyo Markin also appreciated the views of the minority, but he said they are not the same when it comes to political ideology.


Story by Nana Kwaku Boffah

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