2022 budget: Empty chamber as Majority, Minority MPs hold crunch caucus meetings

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More than four clear hours after the advertised time for commencement of business in the House, the chamber is still empty.

Members of Parliament have abandoned their seats and engaged in caucus meetings ahead of the showdown on the 2022 budget.

The two sides have since the morning of Tuesday, November 30, 2021 held series of meetings aimed at reinforcing their arguments on the rejection or otherwise of the budget as the standoff enters day two.

The 2022 budget was rejected by a one-sided Parliament last Friday, November 26, 2021, after the Majority side staged a walkout.

Minority accuses Majority of holding Parliament hostage over lack of numbers

The Majority Caucus later asked Ghanaians to disregard the supposed rejection of the budget as it was unconstitutional.

A statement from the Majority said: “For the record, the acts of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker to endorse it, constitute an unconstitutionality and an illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever.”

Checks by ABC News indicates that the outcome of the crunch meetings will play out on the floor of the house when the House reconvenes later in the day.

No official communication on the delay in the start of proceedings has been provided by the Speaker’s office or from the leadership of the House.

SourceABC News

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