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‘Full mess’: Ghana military steps in to quell parliament conflict


Chaotic scenes erupted after the governing social gathering deputy tried to grab the poll field in the course of the vote for parliament speaker.

Ghanaian troopers intervened in a single day to quell a conflict between opposing events in parliament forward of the physique’s swearing-in set for Thursday, witnesses stated.

Chaotic scenes erupted after a governing social gathering deputy tried to grab the poll field in the course of the vote for parliament speaker. The following conflict lasted a number of hours till the military stepped in, with nationwide tv broadcasting the drama reside.

“There was whole breakdown of regulation and order,” stated MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the opposition Nationwide Democratic Congress. “ a member of parliament and a minister of state snatching poll papers … was so shameful.”

The brand new parliament might be nearly break up down the center between the 2 major events, posing the chance of gridlock with key points on the agenda together with tips on how to flip round an financial system onerous hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, who narrowly received re-election within the December 27 vote, will even be sworn in on Thursday.

His New Patriotic Celebration misplaced 32 seats within the 275-member parliament.

‘Full mess’

Ghana stands out as a steady democracy in unstable West Africa, though the elections have been marked by opposition accusations of fraud and 5 folks died within the violence.

Observers, each Ghanaian and international, considered the polling as usually free and truthful, however some controversies stay over the work of the electoral fee.

Greater than a dozen opposition MPs have been charged with illegal gathering on Monday after protesting in opposition to the election outcomes.

Footage from the in a single day confrontation in parliament confirmed a few of the legislators shouting and brawling with rivals.

“That is historical past wrongly being made. We have to bow our heads in disgrace,” stated ABA Fuseini, one other incoming opposition MP.

“They thought they may carry within the army to intimidate us however we’ll resist it. The entire world was watching and everybody should be anxious. It’s an affidavit that Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t win the election,” he added.

Samuel Abu Jinapor, an MP-elect with Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Celebration (NPP), described the occasions in parliament as a “full mess”.

The NPP received 137 seats within the 275-member parliament, after shedding 32 within the election, leaving it equal to the 137 held by the NDC.

A lone impartial received the remaining seat.

On Wednesday, an NDC MP was suspended on authorized grounds as a result of he had twin nationality, which introduced the opposition’s ranks all the way down to 136.

Severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the West African nation of 30 million folks is predicted to see financial development plummet this yr to its lowest in 30 years, to 0.9 p.c, based on the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF), from 6.5 p.c in 2019.

The federal government additionally faces the pressing process of reining in mounting debt, which surpassed 70 p.c of the gross home product (GDP) in September.

“If we don’t see consensus being constructed, I can wager you we’re going to see the NDC making life very tough for the chief for the subsequent 4 years,” stated Rasheed Draman, govt director of the African Heart for Parliamentary Affairs.