Parliament adjourned indefinitely after last night’s brawl

Ghana's Parliament Chamber

Picture of members of parliament seated in Ghana's Parliamentary Chamber

After a night of another low in the country’s Parliament following the pushing and shoving and to an extent the exchange of blows that resulted in deliberations ending unceremoniously yesterday, First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu disclosed during Tuesday’s sitting that the legislature has adjourned sitting sine die.

The First Deputy Speaker announced it after assuming his seat.

Most Ghanaians woke up to videos trending online of the MPs brawls that took centre stage during yesterday’s proceedings just before the final vote on whether the controversial electronic transfer levy should be passed under a certificate of urgency.

The scuffle erupted after First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu disclosed that a division would be followed to approve the Bill, presented under a certificate of urgency, and he was going to vote as well in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.

Members of the Minority Caucus did not like the idea and questioned his decision to vote after leading the night’s proceedings and the peeved legislators moved to the front of that dais issuing threats.

Majority Caucus also responded starting some agitations immediately Mr Osei Owusu handed the presiding role to the Second Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah resulting in a fight as attempts were made by the Minority side to stop the Second Deputy from assuming the role to lead proceedings.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh


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