Minority boycotts sitting over 2022 budget disagreements

Minority in parliament has boycotted today’s sitting. The move follows disagreements with the majority over the status of 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

While the NDC MPs insist the rejection of the budget stands, the NPP majority disagrees. Series of meetings to resolve the standoff yielded no results as the majority and the Executive stood their grounds of not presenting a new budget.

All 137 NDC MPs consequently boycotted today’s sitting without even registering their names in the attendance book.

Sources within the minority reveals the move is to stop the majority from using the first deputy speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu to undo a decision taken by parliament with speaker Alban Bagbin presiding to reject the budget.

The majority argued the 137 NDC MPs were short of the constitutional mandated half of total number of MPs for decision taking.

The decision by the minority is to also ensure the Majority is also left with 137 MPs with the first deputy speaker presiding.

Source: Ibrahim Alhassan | EIB Network Parliamentary Correspondent

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