Ghanaian Parliament Members Engage in Brawl

Parliament members in Ghana were engaged in a brawl during an overnight vote for parliament speaker, on Thursday.

Parliament members in Ghana were engaged in a brawl during an overnight vote for parliament speaker, on Thursday. 

Politicians from opposing parties erupted in a physical confrontation after a legislator snatched ballot papers during the vote for the succeeding speaker in parliament, as the fight was broadcast on national television. 

The military intervened after the brawl went on for several hours. 

MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said, “Looking at a member of parliament and a minister of state snatching ballot papers … was so shameful.”

The legislator who snatched some ballots was of the newly-elected President Nana Akufo-Addo’s party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The NPP and the NDC almost equally share the 275 seats in parliament, with NPP winning 137 seats and NDC having 136. 

However, the NDC candidate Alban Bagbin emerged as the speaker. 


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