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Ghana’s parliament drops the chamber after massive public opposition

Parliament has suspended plans to construct a new parliamentary complex due to massive opposition from Ghanaians especially those on social media according to a report by Graphic Online.

The announcement was made by the Ag. Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo. She said, “the house has pulled the brakes for now but is unable to say if it is a permanent break or the issue would be revisited in the near future”.

The chamber idea has suffered the worst public opposition in recent memory since it was announced by the parliamentary service board earlier this month.

The opposition reached a crescendo when the house’s deliberations were disrupted by a protester in the public gallery, Ernesto Yeboah who is also the Convener of the Economic Fighters League.

He was quickly arrested, along with two others, by the house’s security operatives

In spite of the unprecedented opposition, the Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and some of his colleagues including MP for Adansi Asokwa K.T. Hammond have defended the propriety and urgency to build the new chamber, while the minority has insisted it is a misplaced priority.

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