28 January 2013

Ghana: NPP MPs Will Not Boycott Loan Agreements - Asamoah

Kumasi — THE DEPUTY National Communication Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah has disclosed that NPP MPs will participate in discussions involving loan agreement brought before the house.

Mr. Buabeng Asamoah says the party will not prevent its members from participating in debates involving loan agreements contracted by the state with its foreign partners.

The Deputy Communication Director made the disclosure on Kesseben FM in Kumasi, during the station's evening political talk show, dubbed "Adwenkyere"

The biggest opposition party has boycotted the vetting of ministerial nominees, a decision which has received condemnations from sections of the political divide, who have expressed mixed reactions concerning the opposition party's decision.

The party's decision follows its petition filed at the Supreme Court, challenging the outcome of the December 2012 presidential elections. Though the party has affirmed that it is not totally boycotting proceedings in the house completely, the decision has nevertheless received widespread criticisms from a cross section of the political divide and other civil society groups.

The pro-NPP group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) and the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) have both added their voice to the call on the opposition to rescind its decision not to participate in the vetting process.

Mr. Buabeng, who insists the decision by the party was in the right order, considering the fact that it was challenging the results in court, noted that the NPP would not prevent its members from participating in matters that are entrenched and will not be subject to change, in an event that the court rules in favour of the NPP.

This, he contended, may include all forms of loan agreements signed between Ghana and other countries and budget presentation amongst others that will be brought before the august house.

He explained that the minority will actively engage in discussions and participate in any decision that has direct impact on the development of the citizens.

"We have confident about our case and we know we shall win, therefore, we will not sit and allow the interim Mahama-led administration have long term repercussions on the development of the country," he noted.

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