Parliament To Sit On Saturday To Swear In Speaker Again As President

Parliament will sit on Saturday to swear in the Speaker, Prof Mike Ocquaye as president of Ghana, the Majority Leader has said.

The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is leaving the country for Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

From there he will go to South Africa where he is expected to attend Hugh Masekela’s funeral.

 He will return on January 31, 2018.

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu told the House “We are required to sit at 8:30 in the morning and the meeting will not last for more than an hour and a half”.

This will be the second time in a week, the Speaker is being sworn in as president.

Last Sunday, Prof Oquaye had to take the oath in an emergency sitting in Parliament when President Akufo-Addo travelled to Liberia to witness the inauguration ceremony of its new president, George Weah.

In the absence of the vice president – who is in the UK on medical leave – Prof Oquaye was sworn in but handed over when the president returned to the country on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, some Members of Parliament are unimpressed with the development. In an interview with Joseph, they described the process as “very disorganizing”.

Member of Parliament for Kunbungu, Ras Mubarak says he will go to the Supreme Court to seek a review of the Court’s previous orders in a case brought by Prof. Stephen Kwaku Asare which allows a new swearing-in anytime the president and vice are out of the country.

He said the business of having to return to Parliament to swear in the Speaker in the absence of the president and his vice is “completely unnecessary and I am thinking that the way we can all resolve this will be to go back to the Supreme Court.

“I have given an indication to my lawyers to file the necessary processes for us to look at it again,” he added.

Mr Mubarak said he will be asking the court to review its earlier decision on Article 60 (11) because the president’s absence from the country should not incapacitate him in the performance of his duties.

“We are in the 21 century, the president can issue directives from wherever he is,” he said.

Adaklu MP, Kwame Agbodza is also not happy with the development.

He said the situation where the absence of the vice president is leading to the swearing in of the Speaker needs to be addressed.

He said Ghanaians need to be informed about the state of the vice president’s health.

“Nobody is asking for his medical records, but I think the people need to have an idea as to what is going on because this is the second time we are having to swear in the Speaker because of the health condition of the Vice president.

“I think it is appropriate for us to be briefed by the government as to what exactly is happening to our vice president,” he added.

 

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