The Minority Caucus in parliament has vowed as they would not support the 2024 budget statement and economic policy of the government for the year 2024.

Leader of the Minority, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, expressed the strong opposition to the government’s new taxes contained in the 2024 Budget.

Citing concerns over the already high poverty levels in the country and the potential burden on struggling businesses, Forson declared his side would not support it.

“We, the NDC Minority, cannot in good conscience support the principles of this budget at this time,” he stated.

He insisted that contrary to claims by the Majority side and the Finance Minister, the 2024 Budget statement has not been approved by the House.

Tension reached a boiling point on Wednesday, November 29 during the conclusion of the debate when the Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin called for a voice vote on the 2024 budget.

The Speaker stated afterwards, ”I think the ayes have it,” prompting a challenge from Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, invoking Order 113 (2) of the Standing Orders.

Order 113(2) mandates a head count of all Members of Parliament present and voting, a process set in motion by the Speaker’s ruling on Buah’s motion.

According to the Minority leader, it was at this pivotal juncture that members of the Majority Caucus, sensing impending defeat, hastily vacated the chamber, leaving the NDC Minority Caucus alone to navigate parliamentary proceedings.

The unexpected retreat prompted the Speaker of Parliament to suspend the House temporarily.

Upon resumption, proceedings were adjourned until Thursday, November 30, 2023, adding further suspense and uncertainty to the already tense atmosphere.

Finance Minister presenting 2024 budget

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