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Adwoa Safo has returned to Parliament.

Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Dome-Kwabenya Member of Parliament, has been observed in Parliament today.

This comes after her lengthy absence caused division in the House, with the Majority, curiously, arguing that the Privileges Committee report recommending her removal should be final.

Due to the Majority's decision regarding the Dome-Kwabenya legislator, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, may be taken to the Supreme Court.

For a decision to be made, Mr. Bagbin ruled that the Committee's report must be presented to the entire House. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, said that the decision was "unfortunate" and that the Speaker might have misunderstood the law.

Adwoa Safo, on the other hand, seems to fit right in when she comes back.

She stated to the media, "it feels good to be back."On Friday, November 11, the beleaguered legislator stated, "The reception has been great."

"I’m back as a Member of Parliament to continue my duties, so today is the first day, and I hope the next few weeks are good."Following Madam Adwoa Safo's failure to honor an invitation from the Privileges Committee regarding her continuous absence from Parliament, Mr. Bagbin deferred his decision on whether the Dome-Kwabenya seat should be declared vacant before going on vacation in July.

Adwoa Safo, Henry Quartey, MP of Ayawaso Central, and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP of Assin Central, were referred to the Privileges Committee by the Speaker on May 4 for missing 15 House sessions without his permission.

That took place during the Eighth Parliament's first session. In its recommendations, the Committee was unable to reach a consensus on whether she should have her seat declared vacant if she had to be absent for more than the required 15 days without permission.

However, per the provisions of the Constitution, the Majority would like the seat to be filled as soon as possible.

It noticed that Madam Safo didn't use the many chances she had to explain her absence without leave. In the meantime, the majority of MPs on the Committee cited the decision of the Court of Appeal in Prof. Stephen Kwaku Asare v. the Attorney-General and Others and Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution to support this claim.

The Minority MPs on the Committee argued that because the Dome-Kwabenya legislator did not tell the Committee her side of the story, the seat should not be made vacant following the natural justice principle.

However, the Committee decided that the reasons her two colleagues, Mr. Agyepong and Mr. Quartey, gave for their absence were reasonable.

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