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17.01.2006 Politics

Place national interest above partisanship - Speaker


Accra, Jan. 17, GNA - Mr Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes, the Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday said Parliament was determined to continue pursuing the ideals of democracy by placing the national interest above personal and partisan consideration.

He said the spirit of co-operation and consensus building, which have characterised deliberations in the House, needed to be deepened and strengthened.

"I hope I can count on the support of the leadership of the caucuses to make this ideal a reality." Mr Sekyi-Hughes said this at the official opening of the first meeting of the Second Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

He said Members of Parliament owed it a duty to the people not only to make good laws but also have a primary responsibility in explaining to them their actions and inactions so that they would appreciate and accept the institution and issues emanating from it at all times. "It is instructive to note that the House was able to perform its functions under very trying or difficult circumstances but the leadership will do its best to minimise these difficulties." "I entreat honourable members to also continue exhibiting commitment and zeal in the exercise and discharge of their legislative responsibilities."

The Speaker asked for co-operation and support from Members of Parliament to make his work easier and spare him the ordeal of exercising the strong authority conferred on him by the Standing Orders of the House.