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CDD SUPPORTS CALL FOR SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT TO BE AN MP



A Senior Fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Paul Mensah Abrampa says the proposal for Members of Parliament to select one of the elected MPs as Speaker of Parliament is laudable.

He says the current arrangement allows for executive manipulation that makes Parliament feeble.

According to him, this new arrangement will make the separation of powers more effective.

Mr. Abrampa was speaking with Adom News on the proposal by Minority Leader Mr. Osei-Mensah Bonsu that Ghana’s Parliament would have gained the needed strength if MPs are allowed to select one of their own as Speaker.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu suggested that constituting Parliament and choosing the Speaker should be the sole responsibility of the House and not the Executive arm of Government

He stated that it is only Ghana and one other country that uses a system where the Speaker of Parliament is selected by the executive from outside Parliament.

Mr. Paul Mensah Abrampa tells Adom News even though the current system has not given Parliament any challenges, it will be important to make good changes to strength the separation of powers stipulated in the 1992 Constitution.

 

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March 28, 2011 - Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA

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