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Dep. Speaker Osei-Owusu sacks Suhuyini from parliament

The opposition Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Mr AlhassanSuhuyini, was ordered to leave the floor of parliament on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 by First Deputy SpeakerJosephOsei-Owusu.

Accra100.5FM’s parliamentary correspondent, RichardAppiahSarpong, who was in parliament when the incident happened, reported that Mr AlhassanSuhuyini was disrupting proceedings of the house after the Majority side had moved an application demanding that the Minority apologise to the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, LydiaAlhassan, for describing her as a “bloody widow” at her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 after winning the by-election which was riddled with violence.

Mr Osei-Owusu, who found the conduct of Mr AlhassanSuhuyini unparliamentary, said: “Honourable Member for Tamale North, Kindly leave the house.”

Mr AlhassanSuhuyini left the house amidstdisapproving shouts from the Minority side, AppiahSarpongreported.

The 1st Deputy Majority whip and Mp for Kpandai, Mr MatthewNyindam, on Wednesday moved an application on the floor of parliament asking the Minority to apologise to Ms Alhassan.

He backed his application with Standing Order 93(2), which says that: “It shall be out of order to use offensive, abusive, insulting, blasphemous or unbecoming words or to impute improper motives to any member or to make allusion.”

The Minority MPs said they boycotted Ms Alhassan’s investiture because they did not want to give credence to her victory in the by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019, which was characterised by violence.

Before staging the walkout, the Minority MPs brandished placards on the floor of the house, some of which read: “Bloody widow”.

But responding to the application, the Deputy Minority Leader, James AverdziKlutse said the messages on the placards were not words uttered nor made by any member.

He also said as of the time of that description, Ms Alhassan had not been sworn in, therefore, it was not covered under that standing order.

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