Minority walk out of Parliament in protest to new holidays

Minority walk out of Parliament in protest to new holidays

- The minority side in Parliament has walked out in protest to new holidays

- They argued that they will not be part of an attempt to rewrite Ghana's history

- They however stated that they will revisit the matter whenever they return to Parliament

The minority side of Parliament staged a walkout on Thursday, February 28, 2019, during a debate on the amendment bill on public holidays.

3news.com reports that the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, argued that the sitting government is attempting to rewrite Ghana’s history.

For that reason, he went on, his side would leave the house because they will not participate in such an action.

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The Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP) said this as both sides debated the bill, which is at the second reading stage in Parliament.

The bill is to amend the Republic Holidays Act, 2001 (Act 601) to provide for January 7, August 4 and September 21 as additional statutory public holidays, as well as the celebration of May 25 and July 1 as commemorative days.

The minority stated that the views of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government are retrogressive and for that reason, they will not be a part of it.

Haruna Iddrisu expressed the Minority’s disagreement on the issue of amendment and stated that the Minority will not consent to attempts to amend the Holidays Act.

“You can proceed to do it, but whenever we come back, we will revisit it and change it,” Haruna Iddrisu said.

After his submission, he, together with the minority MPs walked out of Parliament.

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