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We’ve not changed leadership in Parliament – Majority Caucus

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Majority caucus in Parliament has refuted speculations regarding potential changes to its leadership.

Reports on Monday, February 19 suggested that Effutu MP, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the current Deputy Majority Leader, is poised to step into the shoes of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

Further changes include Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the current Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, ascending to the Deputy Majority Leader position leading to the promotion of Habib Iddrisu, the present First Deputy Whip as Majority Chief Whip.

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Again, Asokwa MP, Patricia Appiagyei, is likely to assume the role of First Deputy Whip, filling the void left by Lydia Seyram Alhassan’s nomination as Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation.

But Joseph Osei-Owusu, the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker, at a press conference, said that speculations about potential shifts in leadership within the Majority caucus were untrue.

“We are here to inform you that the publications that are going around are not true, it is false."

“The majority caucus has not made any changes in its leadership, the majority caucus has not contemplated making any changes to its leadership and we will tell the world and Ghana to ignore any such publication.

“We want to assure you that we have confidence in the leadership and the status quo shall remain. We are aware that upon the nomination of one of the Deputy Whips as a minister, a replacement will be made, that replacement will be made by the caucus when seized with the opportunity and the time to consider the appropriate replacement. This is all the information we want to share with you.”

He stressed “The leadership of the Majority has not changed, we have not contemplated changing and we have no intention to effect any change in the leadership of the majority caucus.

“The Parliament of Ghana has adopted Standing Orders that place the selection and change or otherwise of leadership in the hands of the caucus and not anybody inside parliament.”


Asked whether there was an external attempt to remove Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as the Majority Leader? Mr Joseph Osei Owusu answered: “I am not aware of such thing; nobody has discussed that with the caucus and since nobody has the power to do that outside the caucus, there may be rumors and intricacies but we in Parliament are not aware of any attempt to remove anybody.”