- Fomena MP has declared his desire to work with the NPP caucus
- Andrew Asiamah Amoako also doubles as the Second Deputy Speaker
- His joining NPP is expected to end the struggle over who occupies the majority side of the House
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Andrew Asiamah Amoako has officially joined the governing NPP Caucus in Parliament.
The independent MP for Fomena made his association with the NPP formal in a letter to the Speaker, Alban Bagbin.
It comes on the back of endless debate and tension as to which side will form the majority in the eighth Parliament.
Both the NPP and the NDC have 137 seats with one independent legislator.
The letter dated Wednesday, January 13, 2021, read: “For the avoidance of doubt, I do hereby affirm that I shall cooperate and collaborate with the NPP caucus in parliament.”
The Second Deputy Speaker’s declaration is expected to put an end to the fight over who occupies the majority side in the House.
However, the Executive Director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Rashid Draman, feels otherwise.
Speaking to Accra-based Starr FM and monitored by YEN.com.gh, he said the conundrum regarding the fight over the majority in the House cannot be resolved by “looking at the laws alone.”
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He argued that a careful study of the Standing Orders in Parliament will reveal that they are not made for “this kind of situation. You look at the constitution the same thing.”
In his view, the only reasonable way out will be through dialogue.
The NDC caucus promised a showdown if their counterparts forcibly occupy the majority side of the House.
In other news, John Dramani Mahama reportedly benefitted from the untimely death of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness.
He was 73.
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