Parliament suspends sitting for three weeks as 17 MPs test positive for covid-19

The parliament will be shut down for the next three weeks as covid-19 cases increase massively in the house.

Alban Bagbin who is the speaker of parliament issued a notice stating that so far 17 MPs and 151 parliamentary staff have tested positive for covid-19.

Regardless of the surge in covid-19 infections in Parliament, the appointments committee will be allowed to vet ministerial nominees while sittings are adjourned.

“Honorable members, having regard to the upsurge of the coronavirus infection in the house now reading 17 Members of Parliament and 151 staff and ancillary worker in precincts of Parliament and the fact that the appointments committee is yet to commence the consideration of His Excellency the President’s Ministerial nominees. I have in consultation with leadership decided that the sitting of the house be adjourned for three weeks,”

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“It is hoped that within this period of time of adjournment, the appointments committee will commence consideration and public hearing of the President’s nominee for ministerial appointments by the end of the three weeks the Appointments Committee will have submitted it report on the referral for the consideration of the house.” Alban Bagbin disclosed.

The Speaker had earlier intended to allow Parliament to sit twice a week after some legislators and staff tested positive for COVID-19.

However, the surge in COVID-19 infections among legislators and the parliamentary staff was led to the three-week suspension of sittings

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