Majority MPs in Ghana’s Parliament want Finance Minister, deputy sacked

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Some members of Ghana’s Majority Caucus in Parliament are mounting pressure on President Nana Akufo-Addo to sack the country’s Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta and a minister of state at the finance ministry Charles Adu Boahen to restore public confidence in the economy.

According to the MPs of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), they will not participate in any government considerations pertaining to the finance ministry or have any dealings with the finance minister or the minister of state at the ministry until they leave government.

Addressing the media in Parliament on Tuesday (25 October 2022), the spokesperson of the caucus and MP for Asante Akim North Andy Appiah Kubi said the move will help save the economy of the West African country from further collapse.

“The recent development within our economy are of great concern to the greater majority of members of our caucus and our constituents… We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the president change the minister of finance and the minister of state in the finance ministry without further delay in order to restore hope in the financial sector, and reverse the downward trend in the growth of our economy,” the MPs numbering about 80 said.

“If our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing, neither will we participate in the debate,” the spokesperson indicated.

The development comes amid a worsening economic downturn in the country as the Finance Ministry looks to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a crucial bailout.

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