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We’ll snub recall to ratify old US army agreements – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The NDC MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said the possible recall of Parliament to ratify the 1998 and the 2015 defence cooperation agreements the country signed with the US is the manifestation of a confused government and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Abakwa said either the Government is confused or “only engaged in pedestrian propaganda to ...

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Gov’t to recall Parliament to ratify 98, 2015 US army agreements

The government has said it intends to trigger a recall of Parliament to ratify the 1998 and the 2015 defence cooperation agreements the country signed with the US under different National Democratic Congress administrations. Following the Supreme Court ruling that ordered the agreement to host the detainees from Guantanamo Bay on the behest of the US to Parliament for ratification, ...

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US ‘military base’: MPs failed to properly assess deal – Budu Koomson

Retired Captain of the Ghana Army, Ebenezer Budu Koomson, says Parliament has lost a golden opportunity to critically examine the defence cooperation agreement between Ghana and the US in the country’s interest. Parliament on Friday night ratified the deal, which gives the US military unrestrained access to some key state installations and a free radio spectrum, among other things. The ...

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Parliament approves controversial US ‘military base’ deal

Parliament on Friday night, March 23, 2018, approved the controversial Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement which seeks to provide the United States access into the country to camp its military forces. The approval was done by only Majority Members of Parliament because the Minority staged a walkout during the debate on the Floor of the House. It appears the House was ...

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We didn’t leak US ‘military base’ agreement – Minority

The Minority in Parliament has lashed out at Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid for suggesting they leaked the controversial defence cooperation arrangement between the governments of Ghana and the United States. The Information Minister, earlier this week, suggested that that the Minority in parliament were behind the leak of the document. While denying responsibility, the Minority described the Information Minister as ...

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Protesters blocked from entering Parliament over ‘military base’ debate

Scores of protesters who sought to gain access to Parliament to demonstrate against the anticipated approval of the Defence co-operation agreement between Ghana and the United States, were on Friday prevented from entering the House. Security personnel in Parliament say the protesters have no clearance from the authorities to embark on such an exercise. The main entrance of the House, ...

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NDC leaders storm Parliament; Minority in red over ‘military base’ debate

Top leaders of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have stormed Parliament following reports that the House will debate the agreement seeking ratification to host a US military camp in Ghana. The Minority Members of Parliament who have expressed their disapproval of the agreement are also clad in red armbands and headbands. “The minority MPs are either in red armbands ...

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Minority blocks c’ttee report on US ‘military camp’

The Minority in Parliament has blocked the laying before Parliament, the report of the Joint Committee on Defence and Interior and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, on the agreement seeking to ratify the hosting of  US military troops in Ghana. In a brief protest between the two sides in Parliament today [Thursday], the leadership of the Majority said the report was ...

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Exempt Health Insurance Fund from statutory cap – Minority

The Minority in Parliament wants government to immediately exempt the National Health Insurance Fund from the list of statutory funds that are capped. According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, the state of healthcare in the country requires adequate financing, and as such the Health Insurance Fund must not suffer a reduction. The Earmarked Funds Capping and Realignment Act passed ...

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Don’t mortgage our sovereignty for US ‘military base’ – Apaak

National Democratic Congress [NDC]  Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, is demanding full disclosure from the government on the Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation between Ghana and the United States. Dr. Apaak is of the view that the agreement needlessly opens Ghana up to the risk of terror attacks. “They should come clean. We will not ...

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