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Minority boycotts parliament every time Ato Forson is in court

Minority MPs say their boycott will be in solidarity with their leader Minority MPs say their boycott will be in solidarity with their leader

The minority in Parliament has announced its decision to boycott parliamentary proceedings whenever its leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, is required to attend court sessions for the ongoing ambulance trial.

This decision comes in response to the refusal of the High Court presiding judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, to grant a request by Dr Ato Forson’s lawyers for a leave of absence to attend important parliamentary business on Tuesday. June 11, 2024. when the House resumes its third meeting of the fourth session.

In a press statement issued by NDC MPs and signed by the head of government, Kwame Agbodza, they expressed their displeasure with the judge’s denial of an earlier request by parliament for Dr Ato Forson to participate in a crucial meeting of the Parliamentary Services Board, among other legislative activities.

The statement emphasized that the minority leader is expected to deliver a resumption speech, interact with the press and perform other important tasks as part of his legislative mandate, which he will not be able to fulfill due to the court proceedings.

The minority maintains that its decision is intended to counter what they perceive as an attempt by the trial judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, to impede Dr Ato Forson’s ability to carry out his constitutional responsibilities as an elected Member of Parliament and leader of the Minority Caucus.

“The NDC Minority Caucus has taken note of this worrying trend which shows an attempt by the trial judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, to prevent the minority leader from discharging his constitutional duties as elected member of Parliament and minority leader.

“In light of the above, and the continued persecution of the minority leader, the NDC minority will continue to stand in solidarity and support their leader whenever he is required to appear in court.

“The NDC Minority Caucus further reserves the right to apply all other tools available to us in our approach to business in the room,” an excerpt of the statement reads.

Read the full statement below:

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