Minority walks out of Parliament over new holidays

The Minority walked out of Parliament on Thursday during a debate on the amendment bill on public holidays.

According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the NPP government is doing all it can to re-write Ghana’s history, and that his caucus will not be a part of any such attempt.

The Tamale South MP said this during a heated debate between the Minority and Majority members over the Republic Amendment Bill, which is at the second reading stage in Parliament.

This Bill is to amend the Republic Holidays Act, 2001 (Act 601) to provide for January 7,  August 4 and September 21 as additional statutory public holidays, as well as the celebration of May 25 and July 1 as commemorative days.

During the debate, the Minority said the NPP government’s views are retrogressive and that they are trying to re-write the history of Ghana, which they would not be part of.

Haruna Iddrisu expressed the Minority’s disagreement on the issue of amendment and stated that the Minority will not consent to attempts to amend the Holidays Act.

“You can proceed to do it, but whenever we come back, we will revisit it and change it,” Haruna Iddrisu said.

After his submission, he together with the Minority MPs walked out of Parliament.