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General News of Friday, 29 June 2018


Speaker’s gag order on migrant crisis unlawful – Ablakwa

North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye’s decision to prevent him from making comments on developments on the recent migrant crisis in Europe, as unlawful.

The MP believes the Speaker’s attitude is a calculated attempt to gag members of the Minority.

“Today is a very sad day for parliamentary democracy… This is a parliamentary democracy. We are a republic, not a monarchy. He is the Speaker of Parliament, not the monarch of Parliament. What Speaker did is simply gagging Members of Parliament.” “The Speaker is suggesting that upon my return from Valencia, Spain, I should not speak to the media but begin a national debate which will be continued in Parliament and that is why he could not state anywhere in our standing orders that says that if you are coming to make a statement in Parliament you cannot speak to the media. What Oquaye did today is alien to our rules,” said the MP.