First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu

Parliament has rescinded the decision to reject the 2022 Budget last Friday.

This was done without Minority in the Chamber as talks with the Majority leadership had broken down.

The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu counted himself as an MP making the Majority Caucus in the House 138 members.

This, he explained, gives them the numbers to pass the 2022 Budget.

For most of Tuesday morning, talks between the Majority and Minority in Parliament over the rejected Budget have broken down.

The talks have been ongoing in Parliament for several hours in a desperate attempt to build consensus over the rejected Budget.

JoyNews understands entrenched positions around the controversial e-levy had been the major dividing issue.

The Minority Caucus has been demanding a withdrawal of the proposed levy.

JoyNews understands the majority side backed by the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, who walked into the meeting around midday had agreed to reduce the proposed levy from 1.75% to 1.5%.

But the NDC side rejected it.

Another source of disagreement is the procedure to re-introduce the Budget on the Floor.

The Majority side had hinted their preference for a vote of rescission, first to rescind the decision last Friday that rejected the Budget before moving a new motion to consider the 2022 budget.

It appears the Majority Caucus disagrees. Unfortunately, this has led to a breakdown in talks.


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