Empty Parliament house; today is the day set to resolve the surrounding issues regarding the rejection of the 2022 budget.
And as it stands now Parliament house is still empty as government expenditure for the year hangs in the air. The day is still young as we look forward to their arrival to discuss and deliberate on the issue.
Following last week rejection of the government 2022 budget statement and Economic Policy read in the house by the Finance Minister, Hon Ken Ofori Atta
A walkout by the Majority from parliament on Friday the 26th November 2021. Parliament was to make a conclusion of the debate on the 2022 budget statement and approved the policy today.
The last gasp request by the minister of finance to meet with the leadership of the house was turned down by Members of Parliament (MPs) after the Speaker of Parliament announced the ‘NOs’ had won the voice vote.
Alexander Afenyo Markin, the Deputy Majority leader challenged the speaker’s interpretation and hence called for a division.
The Speaker pronounced “As the Speaker, I will do all I can, not allow the government to obstruct or frustrate parliament in its lawful duty.
That is a pledge to the people of Ghana, and there is a reason the people of Ghana elected this parliament. It is a hung parliament of 137-137, and the independent decision to do business with one side of the majority so there is no majority party in this house.
This is a new beginning where for the first time a Majority has walked out from its own business”