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General News of Sunday, 11 October 2009

Source: GNA

President accepts resignation of two ministers

President John Evans Atta-Mills has accepted the resignation of two Ministers of State, Dr. George Sipa Yankey, Minister of Health and Mr. Amadu Seidu, Minister of State at the Presidency, following the bribery allegations in the Mabey and Johnson case.

This follows lengthy closed door discussions held over the last two days with the Vice President, the Chief of Staff, Attorney-General and other close aides of the President.

According to a statement signed by Mr.John Henry Martey Newman, Chief of Staff, "the President has also decided to invite an independent body, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to conduct investigations into those allegations of bribery against Ghanaian public officials in the said case."

"The President expressed regret at the resignations and was hopeful that the decision to ask the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the case would offer a platform for the public officials named in the case to clear their names and hard won reputations."the statement said.