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Speaker Bagbin raises concerns about lawsuits against Bills passed by Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has expressed concerns over lawsuits filed against yet-to-be-assented to bills passed. He says that the Supreme Court cannot hear such cases because that undermines the work of the legislative arm of government. He served notice that if this trend is not stopped the work of lawmakers will be ‘useless’. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, ...

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Address public discontent or face agitations and protests – Afenyo-Markin warns politicians

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has warned the political class to collaboratively take proactive measures to address public discontent to prevent agitations and protests. Reflecting on the recent protests that rocked Kenya on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, July 3, the Effutu MP said the underlying causes of public discontent must be tackled collectively, irrespective of political affiliation. ...

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New WHO guidelines to help millions quit tobacco

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday released the first-ever guidelines for those seeking to quit tobacco use, recommending a range of initiatives, treatments and digital interventions. These recommendations are expected to benefit over 750 million adults who want to quit all forms of tobacco including cigarettes, waterpipes, smokeless tobacco products, cigars, roll-your-own tobacco and heated tobacco products. “This guideline marks ...

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Cement Prices and the Need to Concretize our Competition Law Regime

When attempting to regulate prices in a market, there is only so much you can do by relying on administrative directives to cauterize a spate of price rises. With the Ghana cedi currently in an almost free fall against other major trading currencies, and the incidental price hikes in goods and services that usually come with it, the price of ...

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Panama Papers scandal: 28 defendants acquitted

Eight years after 11 million secret financial documents were leaked, more than two dozen defendants were acquitted by a court in Panama Friday. Prosecutors had been seeking prison sentences for money laundering. The Panama papers scandal exposed a network of tax havens involving people like Lionel Messi and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote to name but a few. “According to ...

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South Africa’s new coalition government unveiled

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a new coalition government, after his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party lost its parliamentary majority in May’s elections. He said “the government of national unity… is unprecedented in the history of our democracy”. The ANC will have 20 out of 32 cabinet posts, while the pro-market Democratic Alliance (DA) – until now ...

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FC arrests 30 “Galamsey” Operators, Immobilises 2  Excavators in two Forest reserves

The Rapid Response Team (RRT) and staff of the Forest Services Division (FSD) in the Tarkwa District of the Western Region arrested 19 illegal miners in the Bonsa River Forest Reserve (Aboso North Range) on Friday, June 28 2024. The team had earlier arrested 11 suspects in a similar operation in the same Reserve on June 12 2024.The illegal miners, ...

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STAR-Ghana highlights importance of collaboration within civil society

The Executive Director of STAR-Ghana Foundation, Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu has underscored the significant roles of civil society organizations in achieving justice and equity in society, stressing the need for effective collaboration for the purposes of achieving their goals.  Mr Amidu also rallied Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to unite, support, and hold each other accountable in order to achieve their objectives. While noting the complexity of development ...

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Journalist Calls For Apolitical Appointment Of Police Chief

Prominent Ghanaian media expert and social commentator, Roger A. Agana, has recently reignited the debate on the appointment process of Ghana’s Inspector General of Police (IGP). The Chief Executive Officer of the News Ghana argues that the current practice of presidential appointments undermines the independence and efficiency of the police force, proposing instead a merit-based system reflecting international best practices. ...

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Finance Minister announces official end to Ghana’s debt restructuring

Finance Minister Dr Mohammed Amin Adam has announced the completion of Ghana’s debt restructuring programme with its official creditors.  According to the Member of Parliament for Karaga, the government has successfully restructured its debt of 5.1 billion dollars with these creditors, in addition to concluding the restructuring of 13.1 billion dollars with Eurobond holders. Addressing attendees at a UK Town ...

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