Ghana’s Opposition MPs Boycott Session

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Members of Parliament of Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on Thursday boycotted session in solidarity with their leader in parliament and a newly elected MP, who are both standing trial on separate charges.

The Speaker of the Parliament was forced to adjourn the session as those that walked out made up half of the Parliament. Another reason proceedings were adjourned was because, most issues considered were questions raised by the opposition.

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The NDC said this was the start of actions “to end the on-going persecution” of the MPs.

Minority leader, Cassiel Ato Forson is accused of causing the financial loss of €2.3m ($2.5m; £1.9m) linked to the purchase of 200 ambulances, an allegation he has denied.

The new MP, James Quayson, is also undergoing trial on charges of forgery and perjury.

He said the handling of the criminal case levelled against him was an act of intimidation and politically motivated.

The Supreme Court nullified his election for failing to renounce his dual Ghana and Canadian citizenship when he filed a nomination to run as an MP in the 2020 election.

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He has been been ordered by a high court judge to appear in court every day, a directive now being challenged at the court of appeal.

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