Veteran politician Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has been named the Speaker of Parliament of the Fourth Republic, parliamentary sources say.
Prof Oquaye, a distinguished lawyer and historian, served as the Second Deputy Speaker of the House between 2009 and 2013. He was the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya from 2005 to 2013.
He had also served as Ghana’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to India from 2001 to 2004, Minister of Energy from 2005 to 2006, and Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2009.
Joseph Osei Owusu, a lawyer and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, has been nominated as the First Deputy Speaker. Outgoing Majority Leader Alban Bagbin, also a Lawyer with vast experience in the legislature, has been nominated to become Second Deputy Speaker in the next Parliament.
Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, the current Minority Leader and veteran legislator, has been named the Majority Leader, and he will be assisted by the MP for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo. Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, the MP for Sunyani East, will become the Majority Chief Whip.
On the opposition side, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, has been named as Minority Leader. Iddrisu, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations in the outgoing government, had previously served on a number of committees in Parliament.
Iddrisu will have the MP for Ketu North, James Klutse Avedzi, as his deputy. Klutse is a Chartered Accountant and has served in Parliament for 12 years. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee in the last Parliament.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK