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12 February 2017

MP steps down to save Ghana from shame at ECOWAS Parliament

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu on Friday notified the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament his decision to step down from Ghana’s delegation to the Regional Parliament.

Alexander Afenyo-Markin’s action was to save Ghana more embarrassment after a disagreement on the number of MPs that should make up the delegation.

Earlier the leader of Ghana’s delegation, Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh wrote to inform the Speaker of Mr Afenyo-Markin’s decision explaining it was to make room for another room the MP for Suhum, Fred Opare Ansah.

This follows the Speaker’s decision Friday not to swear in the reconstituted Ghanaian delegation because Ghana had presented nine members instead of eight when the House reconvened in Abuja, Nigeria.

The situation came about following the refusal of Mr Ansah to withdraw his membership from the ECOWAS Parliament, although he had informed the delegation of his desire to continue to serve increasing Ghana’s delegation by one.

Mr Ansah did not make the reconstituted delegation by the Majority Leadership which included Bawku Central MP, Mahama; MP for Bodi, Sampson Ahi; Effutu MP, Alexander Afenyo-Markin; MP for Akwapim South, O.B Amoah; Akrofuom MP Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah, MP for Anlo, Clement Kofi Humado and Juaben MP, Ama Pomaah Boateng Andoh.

The Suhum is reported not to have been informed about the decision to reconstitute the delegation contribution to the confusion in Abuja.

According to sources, although Mr Afenyo-Markin had stepped down, the ECOWAS Parliament were insistent on getting further information from Accra before proceeding to swear the Ghanaian delegation.

 

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