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General News of Tuesday, 25 February 2020

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Minority boycotts SONA debate


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They did make an appearance in parliament, as members of the Minority side in the house, but they could not be bothered by the debate about the President’s State of the Nation Address.

As indicated by Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, his side of the house will not participate in the debate. In his words, “The Minority is not interested in participating in the debate."

This follows a previous boycott by minority members during Thursday's address by the President.

As customary, motion for the debate to commence was moved by Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah awaiting response from the minority side.

In response however, Minority Chief Whip declined to second, maintaining minority's stance.

“Honorable Minority Chief Whip its customary when this particular motion is moved on my right that there is a seconder on my left. What is the position as at now", Speaker, Mike Oquaye said, following the motion.

To which Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak responded, “…Mr Speaker as you rightly said it’s not a rule, it’s just a convention and Mr. Speaker our principle is that we are not participating in the debate so we would not be speaking to it so that is why we are quiet.”



Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah, subsequently speaking to the issue said, the “decision must be respected”.

The motion was therefore seconded by majority and proceedings continued.



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