- Parliament of Ghana has approved the 2021 budget
- 137 MPs voted in favor of approving the budget as against 134 MPs voting against the budget
- The budget was earlier rejected by the minority
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The Parliament of Ghana has approved the 2021 budget after a vote was cast in the floor of the house.
137 Members of Parliament voted in favour of approving the budget as against 134 Members of Parliament voting against the budget.
The Minority rejected the outcome of the voice vote after calling for the rejection of the budget due to its tax component.
The Speaker granted the application of the Minority for a headcount amid controversy on the Floor.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has called the bluff of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, after he threatened to reject the 2021 budget.
Bagbin warned he will not send the appropriation bill to the president for his assent when passed if discussions are not done to find a common ground over the decision by the Presidency to reduce the budget of Parliament and the Judiciary.
In his reaction, however, Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs as well as Majority Leader, said the speaker lacks the power to reject the budget.
In other news, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has lashed out at some cabinet ministers who are sneakily holding meetings to announce their presidential ambitions, barely four months into President Akufo-Addo’s second term.
In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, he expressed disgust at those ministers seeking to already succeed the president when governments across the world are battling the coronavirus pandemic, economic hardships among other excruciating social challenges.
“Which part of this, don’t you get, Mr. Cabinet Member!” he wrote. “This is not the time to be planting for delegates and votes,” he added.
That notwithstanding, he admonished the cabinet ministers with presidential ambition going about campaigning for votes and delegates to resign and focus on their interest.
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