President Akufo-Addo has reacted to the structure of the eighth parliament of the Fourth Republic.
Unlike the seventh parliament where there was a clear majority and minority sides of Parliament, the eighth has a slim majority since a lot of the sitting NPP Members lost their seats after the December 7 election.
Currently, the NDC side has 137 seats, the NPP also has 137 and an Independent candidate. Some consider this to be a “hung” Parliament.
A hung parliament occurs when no party holds a majority of seats in the House of Commons. This means that any government formed is either a coalition or a minority government.
A hung parliament most commonly follows a general election in which no party wins a majority.
Reacting to this while delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament, President Akufo-Addo said it’s the decision of Ghanaians and they “have no choice but to work with the consequences”.
“The next parliament is not going to be like this one that ends today. I do not suggest that the House might not be as busy but the sitting arrangement…would certainly be different. The good people have spoken and given parliament almost an equal strength on both sides of the house. We have no choice but to work with the consequences of the desires of the people the house would have to be more accommodating of each other’s views and probably device new ways of conducting its affairs in the interest of the good governance of our people,” he stated.
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