Bagbin Returns From Medical Review; Scheduled To Chair Proceedings Today

Bagbin Returns From Medical Review; Scheduled To Chair Proceedings Today



Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has returned from his medical trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mr Bagbin returned to Dubai for his third medical review barely a week after Parliament resumed from recess in January. In an official communiqué from Parliament, it said the Speaker was also expected to be away for two


weeks. Accordingly, he has returned and is expected to assume his duties as leader of the House. Mr Bagbin is scheduled to chair today’s proceedings. Meanwhile, the members of the Majority Caucus are have expressed worry about what they say is the ‘frequent absence’ of the Speaker from the House especially with the ongoing



discussions on controversial Electronic Transactions Levy Bill (E-levy). Due to the current state of the House, the absence of Speaker Bagbin affects the numbers of the Majority. In the December 2021, both Minority and Majority caucuses engaged in physical confrontations over the E-levy in the Speaker’s absence. Taking a cue



from this, leadership of the Majority decided to hold an extensive backdoor meeting with the Minority after they learned about the Speaker’s scheduled medical trip. Subsequently, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexender Afenyo-Markin told the House that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, will withdraw the controversial levy in



Parliament and re-introduce same later. However, just last week, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu announced that Bill will also not be withdrawn from Parliament as advertised earlier but will rather be amended.