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We are determined to support them because we want Mahama to inherit a healthy economy- Haruna

Today, Tuesday, November 30, Parliament overturned the rejection of the 2022 budget and consequently approved it in the absence of the minority caucus. It will be recalled that, on Friday, November 26, the minority caucus rejected the budget after the majority staged a walkout. But according to the first deputy, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu speaker who presided over proceedings in the house today in the absence of Alban Bagbin, the latter erred in rejecting the budget since the house did not get the required one-half Members of Parliament as at the time. The 'acting' speaker consequently declared the earlier rejection of the budget as null and void. The house further went ahead and moved the motion and the budget was passed. 

But the minority has also raised legal concerns about what transpired in Parliament today. In a presser, Haruna Iddrisu, the minority leader pointed out that, if the majority considered the 137 members who rejected the budget as not being up the half of Members of Parliament that, article 104 of the 1992 Constitution and the Standing Order 109 of Parliament require, then what the majority also did today was not legal, since they become 137 MPs if the first deputy speaker is excluded.

Though according to reports there had been consultations between the two caucuses to reach a consensus prior to sitting in the house today, the disagreement on the E-levy was the deal-breaker. Haruna Iddrisu stressed that the E-levy will overburden the ordinary Ghanaian. He further stated that the minority is ready to support the government to redeem the economy because they want John Dramani Mahama to inherit a healthy economy when he wins power in the next elections.

"We are determined to support them to redeem the economy because we want to inherit a healthy economy under John Dramani Mahama in the foreseeable future of 2025", he said.

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