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Ghana Parliament Reconvenes, Approves World Bank Loan and Ministerial Nominations

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May 18, 2024

Legislative Session Addresses Economic Resilience and Unresolved Anti-LGBT Bill

Majority leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin emphasized that the urgent recall was "in good faith to enable the government to fulfill its constitutional and democratic obligations to the people." This reconvening was crucial to address the parliamentary backlog and ensure governmental operations proceed smoothly.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has yet to sign it into law

Ghana Parliament Reconvenes, Approves World Bank Loan and Ministerial Appointees

Ghana's parliament reconvened on Friday after being adjourned since March due to a dispute between the speaker and the president over an anti-LGBT bill. The session saw the approval of new ministerial appointees and a significant World Bank loan.


Parliament's Urgent Recall

Majority leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin emphasized that the urgent recall was "in good faith to enable the government to discharge its constitutional and democratic obligations to the people." This reconvening was crucial to address the parliamentary backlog and ensure governmental operations proceed smoothly.


Controversial Anti-LGBT Bill

In February, Ghana's lawmakers unanimously passed one of Africa's most restrictive anti-LGBT bills. However, President Nana Akufo-Addo has yet to sign it into law, citing pending legal challenges. This delay has caused significant tension among bill supporters and disrupted parliamentary procedures, including the approval of ministerial nominations following a February government reshuffle.


Speaker's Stand and Constitutional Debate

Speaker Alban Bagbin, who adjourned parliament in March, argued that the president's refusal to sign the bill was unconstitutional. This contention highlights the ongoing debate over the separation of powers and the constitutional processes within the Ghanaian government.


Approval of World Bank Loan

In the recent session, parliament approved a $150 million loan agreement with the World Bank's International Development Association. The loan aims to enhance Accra's economic resilience. The approval came through a majority vote, reflecting broad support for the economic initiative.


Abandoned Tax Exemption Bid

During the session, a bid for tax exemptions for businesses was abandoned. The decision indicates a shift in focus towards more immediate economic concerns and fiscal policies aimed at stabilizing the nation's economy.

The reconvening of Ghana's parliament marks a significant step in addressing the legislative and economic issues facing the country. The approval of the World Bank loan and ministerial appointees demonstrates a move towards economic resilience and governmental stability. However, the unresolved anti-LGBT bill continues to stir debate, reflecting broader societal and political tensions within Ghana.


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