- A video of NPP's Alexander Afenyo-Markin and Dr Cassiel Ato Forson of the NDC eating together is creating a stir online
- Before the two were spotted sharing the meal together, they had engaged in a heated debate in Parliament over the 2023 mid-year budget review
- For some people who commented on the video, it shows that Ghana's politics has matured but others disagreed
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A video of Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin and Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson sharing a meal together shortly after heated exchanges between them in Parliament has stoked controversy online.
While some see the video of the two together as a sign of maturity in Ghanaian politics, others think otherwise. The amateur video was taken on Dr Forson's birthday on August 5, 2023.
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The two disagreed, for instance, on the finance minister's claim that the economy was on a path to recovery, among others.
In the video, Afenyo-Markin is heard saying that he was more appealing than his colleague from the NDC side of Parliament.
"I am saying to the birthday boy that I am more handsome than him. He should debate it,” he said.
In response, Ato Forson remarked:
"We are brothers, regardless of the political differences."
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On social media, reactions to the video have been mixed.
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"Nothing wrong with 2 MPs having a meal but when I get insulted for begging President Akufo-Addo to build Asomdwe Park, & they call me a traitor, then this video exposes who the real traitors are. Hypocrites & parasites. So he was having a birthday treat huh? God is watching," he tweeted.
@MPKwarteng_ also thought the video proves that in politics there are no permanent enemies, but permanent interests.
@sonnichristus tweeted that the video demonstrates the beauty of Ghanaian politics.
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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a separate story that the Minority in Parliament has disclosed that the central bank of Ghana has illegally written off government debt to the tune of GH¢48.4 billion.
Dr Cassiel Ato Forson told Parliament on Thursday, August 3, 2023, that MPs must approve such a move first.
The Minority Leader made the comments when he rose to take part in debates on the 2023 mid-year budget review presented by finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta on July 31, 2023.
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