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I Am A Mp Not A Speaker - Joe Osei Owusu to Minority In Parliament.

The first deputy speaker Joseph Osei Owusu, whiles chairing proceedings earlier today Wednesday 1st December 2021, insisted that he was not wrong in associating himself with the Majority side to approve the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Nana Akufo-Addo government.

The First Deputy Speaker included himself in the total number of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House before having the motion for the rescission of the rejection of the 2022 Budget.

This upset the Minority in Parliament, who insisted that the move is in clear breach of the parliamentary standing orders.

“There are a few matters which I wish to clarify. First, it must be clear that a Deputy Speaker is not a Speaker. Indeed, article 96(1) of the constitution says, and I quote ‘there shall be two deputy speakers of Parliament who shall be elected from the Members of Parliament,’ and to contrast that, Mr. Speaker is not a Member of Parliament.” He said.

“I am a member of Parliament, the Second Deputy Speaker is also an MP and our role is to assist the Speaker in managing the house. So any attempts to read and interpret the constitution to include the deputy speakers is a misreading” Mr. Osei Owusu added.

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