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Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by lalasticlala(m): 1:22pm On Jan 07
Ghanaian soldiers intervened in parliament to quell a clash between opposing parties in chaotic scenes overnight ahead of the body's swearing-in on Thursday.

Mayhem erupted after a lawmaker from the ruling party tried to seize the ballot box during the vote for parliament speaker.

The ensuing clash lasted several hours until the army moved in, with national television broadcasting the drama live.

"There was total breakdown of law and order," said MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

"Looking at a member of parliament and a minister of state snatching ballot papers... was so shameful."


The new parliament is split down the middle between the two main parties, posing the risk of gridlock on tackling Ghana's problems.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, who narrowly won re-election in the December 7 vote for the legislature and head of state, will also be sworn in on Thursday.

- 'Complete mess' -

Ghana stands out as a stable democracy in volatile West Africa, although the elections were marked by opposition accusations of fraud and five people died in violence.

Observers, both Ghanaian and foreign, viewed the polling as generally free and fair, but some controversies remain over the work of the electoral commission.

More than a dozen opposition MPs were charged with unlawful gathering on Monday after protesting the election results.

Footage from the overnight confrontation in parliament showed some of the legislators shouting and brawling with rivals.

"This is history wrongly being made. We need to bow our heads in shame," said ABA Fuseini, another incoming opposition MP.

"They thought they could bring in the military to intimidate us but we'll resist it. The whole world was watching and everyone must be worried. It's a testimony that Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t win the election," he added.

Samuel Abu Jinapor, an MP-elect with Akufo-Addo's New Patriotic Party (NPP), described the events in parliament as a "complete mess".

The NPP

won 137 seats in the 275-member parliament, after shedding 32 in the election, leaving it equal to the 137 held by the NDC.

A lone independent won the remaining seat.

On Wednesday, an NDC MP was suspended on legal grounds because he had dual nationality, which brought the opposition's ranks down to 136.

Severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the West African nation of 30 million people is expected to see economic growth plummet this year to its lowest in three decades, to 0.9 percent according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from 6.5 percent in 2019.

The government also faces the urgent task of reining in mounting debt, which surpassed 70 percent of GDP in September.

"If we don't see consensus being built, I can bet you we're going to see the NDC making life very difficult for the executive for the next four years," said Rasheed Draman, executive director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs.

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by solmusdesigns: 1:23pm On Jan 07
cool



Chaos every where

In all this Political madness going on around the world, Vice President Mike Pence's Patriotic opening speech after the attack is one thing I'll hold on too


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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by merits(m): 1:23pm On Jan 07
Thank God no be my dear country this time around.




Meanwhile the moment your wife begin to carry you like this just take all your children for DNA test cuz you are no more in charge.she is fully in charge.

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Bunnatex(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
Maybe Africa have started to recognize that democracy ain't the best form of Government. How can majority of FOOLS determine the fate of the LEARNED. It's quite not good.

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by 12345baba(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
End time

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Soljaboi44(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
Charlie Charlie.. are you with them undecided

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by BlueRayDick: 1:24pm On Jan 07
End Time Things

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Grace001: 1:24pm On Jan 07
Where there is power, there is resistance
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Obagreatdatoye(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
This year drama go bad gan oo....check my signature pals
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by sultan1014(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
e be things
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by densiks: 1:24pm On Jan 07
Order only comes out of chaos.

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by youngelder(m): 1:24pm On Jan 07
2021

Na rugged year be this ooo

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Kevinsamba: 1:24pm On Jan 07
Problem everywhere
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by nkypat: 1:25pm On Jan 07
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by lepagawu: 1:25pm On Jan 07
Shameful
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Sabadon(m): 1:25pm On Jan 07
2021 don dey show e sef o......abi na end times sef,

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by MosayA: 1:25pm On Jan 07
ENDTIME
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by Lordswazz(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
Charlie Charlie, this one that armed law enforcement officers are being called to quell violence in parliament buildings of both the so-called "most advanced democracy in the world" and Africa's first independent country, is it a sign that 2020 was just a rehearsal for 2021?

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by masterfactor(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
Atleast no be only For Nigeria all this kind madness dey happen.
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by BlessedNuel(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
Why 2021 wan carryover the choas wey 2020 don induce on the earth

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by michlins(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
2021 came really prepared.


Yesterday was USA and today it's Ghana. Which continent is next as America and Africa has been represented

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by wunmi590(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
Make this world kuku end

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by GayPontiff: 1:26pm On Jan 07
grin

Today na still 7th January o!
We never even begin the year.
This year go be blockbuster

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by sotall(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
No covid-19 guideline at all

Na wa

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Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by ojorich(m): 1:26pm On Jan 07
Democrazy
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by PAWG(m): 1:27pm On Jan 07
ojorich:
Democrazy


...crazy
Re: Ghana Army Steps In To Stop Parliament Clash Ahead Of Swearing-in by fergie001: 1:27pm On Jan 07
This thing na everywhere you go ooooo....


2021 hot hot!

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