Parliament approves the 2022 budget statement without the Minority.
Without the support of the Minority, Parliament approves the budget declaration for 2022.
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5:26 p.m., November 30, 2021
On November 17, Parliament approved the government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, which was delivered by Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta.
The budget was adopted in the absence of the Minority’s MPs, who refused to participate in the day’s proceedings.
In their absence, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta re-submitted a revised version of the 2022 Budget, which the Majority MPs, including the Speaker, unanimously supported.
Parliament approves the 2022 budget
Speaker Alban Bagbin’s unconstitutionality has been labeled by the Majority as unconstitutional. Today’s sitting has been delayed by hours of meetings between the Majority and Minority leadership aimed at figuring out how to cure what the Majority has labeled as unconstitutionality by Speaker Alban Bagbin.
Mr Bagbin was accused by the Majority of acting in violation of the 1992 constitution after he stated that 137 MPs had voted to reject the budget on Friday.
According to the Majority, the measure does not meet the constitutional requirement of 138 MPs being present in the House before a vote may be taken.
The negotiations between the Most and Minority in Parliament over the rejected Budget were stalled for the majority of Tuesday morning.
The negotiations in Parliament have been going on for many hours in a desperate bid to reach an agreement on the budget that was rejected.
The main dividing factor, according to JoyNews, was entrenched attitudes on the contentious e-levy.
The Minority Caucus has demanded that the planned fee be withdrawn.
According to JoyNews, the majority side, led by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, who arrived at the meeting at noon, decided to lower the planned fee from 1.75 percent to 1.5 percent.
As the Minority walked out of the House, there was a deadlock.
Following a move by Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and a vote by the House, First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu declared that the previous decision was made in mistake and in violation of Article 104 (1), and ordered that it be erased from the record.
The motion on the budget was then considered by Parliament, and it was adopted.
Joseph Osei Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker, was elected as an MP, giving the Majority Caucus in the House 138 members.
The House will now evaluate budget projections for various sectors of the economy in the coming weeks before passing the spending measure.
This will allow the government to spend according to the funds authorized in the budget.
In closing the discussion, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta emphasized how the administration will address issues made by the minority in the adoption of estimates, tax legislation, and appropriations.