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Ghana: PN Africa and PEF sign a Cooperation Agreement

Parliamentary News Africa (PN Africa), a civil society parliamentary monitoring organisation, and the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), a non-profit and non-political autonomous association of private sector organisations, have signed a Cooperation Agreement to work together to inform, educate and influence the law making process of parliament. This agreement will see ...

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Ghana: Make Appointment of Special Prosecutor Competitive -CSO Coalition

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) bill has called for an open and competitive process in the appointment of the Special Prosecutor and the Deputy. As Members of Parliament continue to debate and propose amendments to the Bill, the CSO Coalition ...

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Ghana: MoPA to advocate for review of majority ministers coming from parliament

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has indicated his ministry’s readiness to work to curb the Constitutional Provision enjoining the president to take two-thirds of Ministers from Parliament. Article 78 Clause 1 stipulates that “Ministers of State shall be appointed by the President with prior approval of Parliament ...

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Ghana: Media charged to be accurate, balance and comprehensive in their reportage

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has charged media personnel in Ghana to be accurate, balance and comprehensive in their reportage, especially on matters pertaining to Parliament. He pointed out that in as much as the media contributes immensely to Ghana’s socio political climate, there are many times ...

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GHANA: Beyond Naming and Shaming, Who Cracks the whip?

Ghanaians have not been taking it easy with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament . It is widely believed that although the PAC has the right to exact sanctions on culprits in the cause of its oversight duties it has just been failing to do so. The aim ...

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GHANA: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to serve as a bridge builder -Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (MOPA), Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has disclosed that the vision of his ministry is to play the role of a bridge builder between Parliament, the Executive and the citizenry. MOPA, as part of its mandate, is to ensure that Parliament has a deeper understanding of government ...

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WORLD: Political crises increase worldwide as human rights violations against opposition MPs rise

  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed deep concern about the increasing repression and escalation of human rights violations against opposition MPs in Cambodia, Venezuela, Turkey and the Maldives on the closing day of the 137th IPU Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The IPU has called for fact-finding missions ...

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RUSHIA: Over 800 MPs worldwide call for the end of intolerance, mistrust and violence

Parliamentarians from 155 countries have committed to pursuing cultural pluralism and peace through interfaith and inter-ethnic dialogue. In a declaration issued at the close of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) Assembly (#IPU137) in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, IPU Member Parliaments have called for transparency, accountability and respect for human rights and ...

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World MPs condemn the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar  

The global parliamentary community has condemned today the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. MPs have called upon the Government of Myanmar to end immediately the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya and the blatant violations of their human rights. In a ...

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Parliamentarians need to step up efforts to hold governments to account

A new report (and Executive Summary) by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found that parliaments are committed to overseeing their governments but in practice face significant challenges in doing so. Capacity and resource issues are the most cited challenges to parliamentary oversight, while the ...

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