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Ghana needs a constitution that caps number of ministers – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Majority Leader in Parliament, has advocated for a new constitutional order that would limit the number of ministers that may be chosen by the President.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s statement comes on the heels of calls made by the Minority caucus in Parliament for President Nana Akufo-Addo to reduce the size of his government in response to the economic difficulties the country is facing.

At the celebration of thirty years of parliamentary democracy, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu gave a speech in which he listed a number of advantages that could be attained through the contemplation of constitutional change.

“We need a constitutional order that would mitigate the winner-take-all attitude and prevent the do-or-die conflict that is connected with our elections,” said the president of the United States.

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We require a new constitutional order that would put a stop to the ongoing expansion of the number of seats in the House of Representatives.

“We require a new constitutional order that would establish a limit on the number of secretaries of state.” The representative for Suame stated that a new constitutional order is required to ensure that the Speaker of Parliament is currently serving in the House of Representatives.

Professor Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, has also pushed for a completely new constitution. This is in contrast to those who want to change the constitution that was set up in 1992.

Prof. Antwi-Danso thinks that any problems with the democratic system of the country can be fixed by forming a committee to write a new constitution.

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He emphasized, “I believe that if we have something new (a new constitution), politicians will jump on it to serve a better cause.” “I believe that if we have something new (a new constitution), politicians will jump on it.”

On proportional representation, he is of the opinion that it will be the most effective method for a genuine representation of the people in parliament; yet, he is concerned that its implementation may be plagued with difficulties.

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