Explainer: Minority gives reasons why they walked out of parliament

Explainer: Minority gives reasons why they walked out of parliament

- The minority walked out of parliament yesterday, February 20, 2020, immediately after the National Anthem was sang

- Clad in black and red attire, they marched out chanting war songs

- The minority leader has explained the reason they marched out of parliament before the address was given

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC), who form the minority caucus in Ghana's Parliament, yesterday, February 20, 2020, walked out of parliament when the president was about to start with his delivery of the State of the Nation's Address.

Their action has been met with a lot of criticism by the Ghanaian public as most of them find their actions as a child his, immature and unnecessary.

The communication minister, Ursula Owusu Ekurful also added her voice to the many Ghanaians who have expressed disappointment and disgust at what the minority do.

There is a saying that, there is no smoke without fire so, the actions of the minority probably stemmed from something they have been trying for so long to address.

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There were media reports earlier before the presentation stating that the minority had the intent of boycotting the occasion citing the delay of their share of the Common Fund for the third quarter of 2019 as the reason.

At a press conference addressed by the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, the side said their action goes beyond the delay of the Common Fund.

According to the minority leader, Akufo-Addo is a tyrant who was democratically elected but has thrown democratic principles away and embraced tyranny.

Also, he cited, the refusal to implement the Short Commission report which presided over the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence case.

Haruna Iddrisu also said the removal of Charlotte Osei as Electoral Commission chairperson, the compilation of new voters' register and also the constant attacks on journalists and media houses.

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Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, who doubles as the minister of communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has reproached the Minority caucus in parliament for boycotting the State of the Nation Address.

The minority which announced earlier that they would be boycotting the session found their way out of parliament immediately the national anthem ended.

Speaking on the matter, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful without mincing words, said the decision to boycott the proceedings was senseless.

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