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Parliament rejects 2022 budget after NPP MPs staged a walkout

Parliament has rejected the 2022 budget statement presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

The budget was rejected by the NDC side of the house after the majority New Patriotic Party MPs staged a walkout.

Prior to the walkout, the Majority side of the house called for a "division vote" to allow Ken Ofori-Atta to amend portions of the budget.

In the process, they wanted the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who was seated in the public gallery of parliament, to be evicted.

After staging the walkout, the speaker, Alban Bagbin, took a five-minute break and returned later to the house to put the budget to a voice vote, either for a rejection or approval.

All 137 NDC MPs who were presented voted to reject the budget via voice vote.

This is the second time in the history of Ghana that a budget has been rejected. The first occurred under the presidency of Dr Hila Limann.

In his closing remarks which culminated in the rejection of the budget, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu stressed that his side of the house was not going to approve the budget with the E-levy captured.

He also wanted the budget to make provisions to cater for the Keta sea defence wall.

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