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Ghana’s Parliament stands adjourned till January 18, 2022.

This followed unsuccessful attempt to approve the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy of 1.75% on Monday December 20, 2021.

Following Monday’s scuffle over the E-Levy bill which was expected to be considered by the House under a certificate of urgency, some believed Tuesday’s sitting would have settled the brouhaha surrounding the policy. However, the opposite was the case.

At the commencement of sitting on Tuesday December 21, 2021 the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, was reported to have suggested to the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, who was presiding, to adjourn the House to January 18, 2022 since efforts to reach the Speaker by phone has not been answered.

According to him, the adjournment will be necessary to allow “cool heads to also prevail” before taking a vote on the E-Levy, next year.

On his part, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu seconded and reiterated the Minority’s commitment to protect the country’s democracy, while insisting that his side will go at all length in making sure that Ghanaians interest is paramount to any policy.

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