The speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has declared that Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu is the majority leader whiles Hon. Haruna Iddrisu is the leader of the minority group in Parliament.
Speaking at the parliamentary sitting today, Alban Bagbin stated that the two groups have been confusing the public as to who is the majority leader and the minority leader.
Addressing the issue in Parliament, Alban Bagbin said that, “..The Standing Orders further provide that the Majority Group will be lead by a leader and that leader is referred to as Majority Leader and Order 160 and Order 168 demands that the Business Committee and the House Committee be chaired by the Majority Leader, that is the standing orders we have now and I am guided by that, I am bounded by it.”
“So please, don’t keep confusing the public. So the Honourable Osei-Kyei-Mensah Bonsu is the Majority Leader, the Honourable Haruna Iddrisu is the Minority Leader”.
This comes few weeks that the Speaker of the eight parliament declared the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the majority and the NDC as the minority group in Parliament.
Both the NPP and the NDC had 137 MPs each after the 2020 December polls but the NPP were declared the majority following a letter from the Fomena MP, Hon. Andrews Amoako Asiamah to side with the party in Parliament.
The Second deputy Speaker of Parliament who is an Independent Candidate made the announcement in an official letter to the Speaker of Parliament few days ago.
His letter reads, “I, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, an independent Member of Parliament for Fomena Constituency and now 2nd Deputy Speaker for same Parliament do hereby declare that, I shall, for purpose of transacting Business in the house associate with the NPP Caucus in the Eighth Parliament”
“For the avoidance of doubt, I do hereby reaffirm that I shall collaborate with the NPP Caucus in the Eighth Parliament. Dated this 13th day of January 2021.”
His decision to side with NPP in the 8th Parliament has made the ruling party the majority in Parliament as declared by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.