The Parliamentary Affairs Minister is pleading with his Minority colleagues and all aggrieved political parties in the just-ended 2020 election to use Christmas to reconcile all post-election disputes.
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu in his closing remarks for the House as they break for the Christmas holidays, urged the parties to unite as one people to pursue the task ahead for God and country.
The Majority Leader’s comment comes on the back of a protest by the Minority in Parliament challenging the outcome of the December polls.
“Mr Speaker, Christmas is just ahead of us and those of us who are Christians, Christmas marks a period of reconciliation between God and mankind, I do know that post-election there have been so many issues,” Mensah Bonsu pleaded.
“Let’s use this as a nation, the Christmas period as a nation to reconcile and come back much more united to pursue the course of God and country”, the Suame MP added.
“Mr Speaker, I wish all of us including the speakership, the leadership of the House, colleague members and indeed the Clerk and his staff a merry and prosperous New Year, I thank you very much,” Mensah Bonsu stated.
Mr Mensah Bonsu also consoled all defeated MPs who will not return to the 8th Parliament good luck in all their future endeavours.
“Mr Speaker, once against let me congratulate members, for those of them who went into the battle, in the general elections, they put up a good fight, many have returned and they’re going to be part of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic, for those of them who were not successful, let me wish them a better luck next time”.
“I know some of them may want to stage a comeback so we want to congratulate them, but the fight we put up they were not successful but they should not be daunted because as it said in this world when one door is closed another may open,” Mensah Bonsu consoled.
On his part, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu wished the Speaker of Parliament and all MP a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquaye announced that the House will resume sitting after the Christmas holidays to complete some outstanding business.
“I wish you travel mercies, throughout the period, the House will stand to adjourn until Monday, January 4, 2021,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo also expected to deliver his final State of the Nation Address before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament in accordance with the law.
This is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution which states that: “The president shall at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation”.
The president’s address will mark the end of the 7th Parliament.
The 7th Parliament will stand dissolved on the midnight of January 6, 2021, and new members of the 8th Parliament will be sworn into office on prior to the president’s swearing-in for a second term in office on January 7, 2021.
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