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Speaker to meet with leadership of both sides today over chaos

Speaker of the 8th Parliament, Alban Bagbin will today January 12, 2020 meet with the leadership of the house over the chaos that ensued during the inauguration of the 8th parliament.

Salt 95.9 FM is reliably informed that the main focus of the meeting will be about events on the floor that disrupted the process of electing the speaker.

The Speaker and the leadership will also draw a roadmap to streamline the conduct of Parliamentarians going in the 8th Parliament.

Footage on local television showed politicians, many of them unmasked, pushing and shoving before about 20 soldiers entered the chamber. Ranks of MPs then faced each other and chanted over a dividing line of masked soldiers and police.

The people noted with grave concern particularly the behaviour of Mr Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asewase and Mr Carlos Ahenkorah, MP for Tema West, describing their actions as an affront to parliamentary democracy.

Mr Ahenkorah on January 7, 2021, did the unexpected in Parliament when he snatched uncounted ballot papers in the Speaker of Parliament elections and attempted to bolt with it.

This was after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament began celebrating what they expected to be a victory in their favour.

That led to great confusion and a halt in the voting process for hours before the matter was resolved amicably.

He has apologized to Ghanaians and the public and says the NPP in him couldn’t be controlled.

Eventually, Alban Bagbin, the candidate from Ghana’s other main party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was voted in as speaker.

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