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Rawlings rubbishes ex-gratia awards

Former President Jerry Rawlings has rubbished the ex-gratia awards for ex-presidents and former public officials that have been approved by the country’s Parliament. The awards were approved a day before the Kufuor administration handed over power to the in-coming Mills administration. The former president described the package as “rubbish and …

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Former chairman blames NPP loss on greed

A Former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Harona Esseku, has blamed the defeat of the party in the December 2008 elections, on some of the regional and constituency executives of the party. He said funds sent from the National Secretariat of the party in Accra, to …

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Majority of MPs as ministers a problem for Mills – CDDs

The Centre for Democratic Development – Ghana (CDD-Ghana) has expressed worry that the constitutional provision that required that majority of ministers are chosen from Parliament could create problems for the new administration. Considering the representation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament, the absence of even a few of …

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Afari-Gyan writes on changing Ghana’s election date

Much concern has justifiably been expressed about the short transition period between an outgoing and an incoming presidential administration under Ghana’s current electoral arrangements. Indeed, several people have called for a change of the date for holding the presidential and parliamentary elections, so as to achieve a longer transition period. …

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Two bodies say election 2008 recorded less breaches of law

Election 2008 recorded the lowest number of violent incidents in gener­al breaches of electoral laws, despite the high stakes and tension. This was attributed mainly to adherence to the Political Parties Code of Conduct for Election 2008 by the various political parties. The Chairman of the National Enforcement Body of …

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Parliamentary leaders react positively to ministerial nominations

The leaders in Parliament on Friday reacted positively to the first list of ministerial nominations, saying President John Evans Atta Mills had blended the old and new and taken into account gender and geographical considerations. Mr. Alban Bagbin, Majority Leader in an interview with the GNA, said the first batch …

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Parliament to review controversial retirement packages

The leaders of Parliament on Friday gave strong indications that the House would initiate discussions into the end-of-service benefits for the executive and other public officers following heavy criticisms by the public and media. Mr Alban Bagbin, Majority Leader and Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minority Leader, were speaking to the GNA …

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Mills’ first list of Ministers out

Two weeks after he has been installed as the third President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills has released the first list of his Cabinet Ministers. The list released Thursday January 22, 2009 included Ministers and Regional Ministers who would be vetted by Parliament. In a …

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Parliament never discussed ex-gratia – Lee Ocran

A former Member of Parliament, Lee Ocran, who is also a member of the Transitional Team, says Parliament never discussed the end-of-service benefits for ex-presidents, which is now subject of hot debates in the country. “The issue was not even on the order paper of the day,” he said. Instead, …

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Kufuor to receive lump sum of GH¢460,000…

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor would be receiving a lump sum of GH¢460,800 in addition to other pensions, as his end-of–service benefit. The estimate is based on a Joy FM calculations of a monthly pay of GH¢3,200 approved by the Chinery-Hesse Committee report for serving Ghana for eight years. The …

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