Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu steps down as Majority Leader following party tensions

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Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has resigned from his role as the Majority Leader in Parliament.

This decision came after a pivotal meeting attended by the Majority caucus, President Akufo-Addo, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership, including the 2024 flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on Wednesday evening.

The meeting, initiated by the President and Bawumia, aimed to quell the escalating tensions within the NPP parliamentary group.

Tensions rose following reports of Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s replacement by Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin, which contributed to internal discord.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s voluntary resignation opens the door for formalizing anticipated leadership changes within the party and its parliamentary caucus.

This move is viewed as a strategy to restore unity and direction among the NPP’s parliament members.

Insiders from the Jubilee House disclosed that NPP General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, has been authorized to officially announce these leadership adjustments within the next 24 hours.

This announcement is expected to redefine the majority group’s leadership dynamics and initiate a new governance chapter in Parliament.

The leadership transition follows a ruling by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban SK Bagbin, highlighting political parties’ roles in selecting parliamentary leaders.

Bagbin clarified, “I have heard, listened and I know that the parties are having problems with this new definition of the new leaders… The old order refers to party or parties, but this new one does not refer to a party but caucuses…”

“You cannot be talking about appointing or designating your leaders without the party leading the process.”

This statement underscores the intertwined relationship between party directives and caucus leadership choices within Ghana’s legislative framework.

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