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    [FONT=&quot]Russian opposition parties have walked out of parliament and threatened to raise mass demonstrations in protest at local elections they say were rigged.[/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Official results showed PM Vladimir Putin's United Russia party winning nearly every poll by a wide margin. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Some 135 out of 450 MPs walked out of parliament - the Duma - in a rare show of anger against the Kremlin. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"We will not sit in a room with fraudsters. We are leaving the room!" declared one opposition party leader. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, demanded a recount at every polling station, after accusing United Russia of having "fraudulently appropriated" his party's votes. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The head of the Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, said his members would boycott the Duma until they were granted a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"Until we raise a mass protest, it will be impossible to correct the situation," he said. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In the vote for Moscow City Council, election officials said United Russia won 66% of the vote, taking all but three of the council's 35 seats. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"What's the point in having a legal system and laws if they only suit one party?" Vadim Solovyov, another Communist Party deputy, told Reuters news agency by telephone. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"Putin's system of government makes no sense and it simply doesn't work." [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The third opposition party in the Duma, Just Russia, also joined the protest. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]All three parties are normally reluctant to defy the Kremlin. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Other, liberal, opposition parties were obliterated at the local elections. They say it was by a combination of intimidation and fraud. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]'Step too far'[/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Mr Putin dismissed the protests, saying: "Those who don't win are never happy." [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]He said he was "pleased" with the election results and advised those with complaints to go to the courts. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Analysts said even in a country that has long been suspected of choreographing elections, Sunday's vote seems to have been a step too far for some. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"The fact that there is a solidarity now between these parties is important political news; it means that the level of what is acceptable been surpassed," Moscow-based analyst Dmitry Oreshkin told the AFP news agency. [/FONT]
    Page last updated at 16:57 GMT, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:57 UK
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    Wakina Mwesiga wavivu wa kusoma waliokulia mambo ya ndiyo mzee wasome hii ili wajuwe haya mambo ni ya kawaida tu. Hayahusiani na JK kama mtu bali ni politics!!
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    Hicho ndicho alichoambiwa Kikwete jana na wabunge wa Chadema
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    Fraudulent acts are not acceptable.
    Walk out ni common practise for putting words into practise
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    Saturday, September 25, 2010 [​IMG]

    Nisar asks MPs to stage walkout over Aafia's conviction

    Nisar asks MPs to stage walkout over Aafia's conviction
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    ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday called on fellow parliamentarians to stage a walkout from parliament on Monday in protest against the conviction of Dr Aafia Siddiqui by a US court.

    Addressing the 25th session of the assembly, Khan said parliamentarians should stage a walkout to convey displeasure over Aafia's convinction to US legislators. Dr Aafia, a US-trained Pakistani neuroscientist was accused of firing at US soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan in 2008 as she tried to escape from their custody. "Let us express solidarity with her. Let us walk out of the House collectively to send a message as it is a matter of our sovereignty," he said in the National Assembly. Nisar criticized the govt for a lethargic stance on the case and said, "Today we must protest this decision."

    "The government should convey the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and… parliament to the US government on the issue of Dr Aafia," Khan said. "I am not talking about the US court's verdict but there was a lot of room for the American administration to intervene, as the case against Aafia was very weak," he said. The opposition leader asked the government to pursue this issue actively on humanitarian grounds. "The government should come up with a future strategy over how to proceed further in this case", he urged.

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    PML-Q parliamentarians walk out from Senate

    Posted on Mar 26th, 2010 under "Pakistan"

    ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in Senate Wasim Sajjad along with PML-Q President Ch. Shujaat Hussain and some other party members staged a walk-out from the Senate to protest alleged rigging in bye-election held recently in Gujrat.
    Earlier, on a point of order Wasim Sajjad referring to a report of an NGO that monitored the polls in Gujrat, alleged that fraudulent voting took place as government officials, national and provincial MPs and influential figures manipulated the elections.
    PML-Leader Ishaq Dar refuted the allegations of Wasim Sajjad and said bye-election in Gujrat was more transparent than the general elections held in 2008.
    He said even Ch. Shujaat Hussain couldn't cast vote due to his failure to produce national identity card. However, a tradition had been set up in the country to make excuses in case of defeat.
    Dar said there was existed a proper mechanism in the country to take up such matters if there were evidence of poll rigging or fraudulent polling.
    Senator Haji Lashkri also staged walk-out to register protest over the failure of Water and Power Minister to meet with the delegation of farmers of Balochistan in Islamabad.
    Lashkri said Balochistan was severely hit by over 10 years of worst drought, which was aggravated by the on-going power load-shedding. He said upto five million trees had been cut down, tube-wells turned off and people perplexed in this grim situation.
    Lashkri said the farmers' delegation was in the federal capital to let the policy-makers know about their grievances, but Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was avoiding.
    Senator Dr. Abdul Malik on his Point of Order said the Water and Power Minister ought to visit Quetta to settle electricity-related problems.
    Senator Jamal Leghari wasn't happy with PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif's abrupt differences with the re-naming of NWFP as well as Constitutional Reforms Committee. He also sought to learn what were the dynamics that barred the committee to give `good news' to the nation yesterday.
    On this, Senator Ishaq Dar said the committee never gave the exact time to make its decisions public. However, he informed the House this matter would be resolved in coming days.
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    sasa si mnaona, walk out ni manbo ya kawaida!!!!!!
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    The Big Walkout!

    Written By: Jason Sifflet on Oct 29th, 2009
    [​IMG]Former Labour Party Chairman Tom Walcott and Dr Kenny Anthony's wife, Rose Marie Antoine, play close attention as he addresses the House yesterday on the issue of the Ramsahoye Commission of Inquiry. Dr Anthony would later walk out of the meeting after he was refused more time to speak.

    "Today is the day of reckoning," the prime minister began. The government was about to put a cherry on top of one of its most sensational election promises. It was about to table the Ramsahoye report and pass a resolution condemning the administration of former prime minister Kenny Anthony.But before he could launch into the tabling of the Ramsahoye report, its findings and a resolution to condemn the previous administration, opposition leader Kenny Anthony stood up and interrupted. The resolution was not just badly worded, it was ill-conceived. A resolution requires governing legislation and none was given by the government. Furthermore, a properly worded resolution governed by legislation could not be made legal by Parliament. This was a matter for the courts and the government was in no position to play judge, jury and executioner.
    The government was stumped, but intent is a bulldozer that can crush the logic before it. They charged on even refusing the Speaker's first attempt to suggest they amend the resolution to a motion. They had advantages-they were more in number, they wanted to be there while Labour did not and they had some interpretation of the Ramsahoye report that they thought could hurt the opposition. But although the ball was in their court, they didn't know exactly how to play it. They were on a legal battlefield playing against a constitutional lawyer.
    The opposition leader cited a case in St Kitts where such a resolution was struck down for precisely the same reasons that he said this resolution was
    illegal. He explained that a statutory instrument is supposed to have the force of law and that it must be done according to the constitution.
    "He's afraid," housing minister Richard Frederick said to reporters in the press box. Truth be told, there must have been some anxiety in the Labour camp that the government had held something back from the leaked version of the report and might be able to trump up some charges that would at least drag the opposition leader through the political mud for a couple of years before actually fighting him, not in the courts but in a general election.
    Communications minister Guy Joseph and foreign affairs minister Rufus Bousquet chuckled gleefully sharing secret asides and psyching themselves up for their own presentations later in the day. They both had something
    special in store for the former prime minister.
    "Today is a day of reckoning," King restarted.
    But at risk of seeming petulant, the opposition leader interrupted again and again.
    "The power to make laws does not include the power to pass resolutions," he explained. "This is unlawful because it cannot point to an act that makes it lawful," he continued. "If the Government of St Lucia wants to proceed with this debate, they have to withdraw the resolution."
    By this time, less than 15 minutes into the proceedings, Anthony was looking quite petulant. It is said that perception is everything, especially in politics. But it didn't matter what he looked like because his strategy was surprising and impeccable and his legal mind was sharper than all King's horses and all King's men put together. Sometimes, it doesn't matter what it looks like, it matters what it really is.
    The Heavy Roller held his ground, spurred on by his parliamentary brain trust, Richard Frederick, and his top political character assassins Guy Joseph and Rufus Bousquet.
    "If the leader of the opposition wants to test his case," the prime minister responded to Anthony's objections, "he can take it to the court. This is just a simple error. It is a motion. You can run but the people of St Lucia will find you wherever you are."
    But the statements issued by the government over the last few days clearly said
    ‘resolution.' Even the order paper scheduled a ‘resolution.' That word ‘resolution' was threatening the victory that the government had in mind.
    The Speaker of the House and the opposition leader debated the legal point about what is a resolution. When they were finished, it was clear that of all the parliamentarians, only the two of them understood what they just said. When they agreed that the resolution was not legal, the speaker gave the floor back to the prime minister who continued with his resolution as if nothing had transpired to deter him from his course.
    Speaker of the House Rosemarie Husbands-Mathurin embodies sophisticated simplicity. She can understand the finer points of parliamentary law and
    procedure like a lawyer and then explain it like a teacher so that everyone understands. She suggested that the government simply amend their resolution to make it a motion.
    King, still not sure what just happened, shuffled some papers and looked for Frederick, who shook his head negatively. The prime minister launched into a new round of political battle.
    "I'm flabbergasted!" he said of the opposition leader's high and mighty approach (or of the situation they had found themselves in on a day that was supposed to silence their opponents. It's impossible to tell which.) "But if he believes there are irregularities, he has the right of redress."
    (Note well: the opposition leader did not say there were irregularities. He said the whole thing was illegal. But of course, that was what the government said of his actions when the shoe was on the other foot and since then the Ramsahoye Commission of Inquiry has determined that there were only irregularities.)
    Kenny Anthony did not want redress. He wanted to prevent the resolution from passing. A resolution becomes more than just part of the record. It becomes law. In spite of his reputation as a fella who loves to drag his enemies into court, he needed to prevent it from becoming law without having to go through the courts. (It's a legacy thing. You wouldn't understand.)
    Having said that, it must be noted that Anthony promised, "I will be going to court in the coming weeks. Many here are afraid of the courts, but the courts are the source of justice."
    "If he wants to take us to court, he can," King resumed.
    The Speaker, anxious to get things on the right course tried to assist the government.
    "A motion doesn't need parent legislation," she explained. "I will take it as a motion."
    So graceful was she that most people in the room did not grasp the full import of her actions. She had, in effect, acted on behalf of the flounderers when they could not find their way through the maze they designed to bewilder Kenny Anthony.
    Kenny Anthony did not miss the import, however.
    "I disagree with you on the ruling," he told her. "But if that is the ruling it has to be done under standing order 31."
    This was supposed to be the crucifixion of Kenny Anthony and he was practically directing the traffic.
    "Move the motion," the Speaker directed the prime minister quite authoritatively. King looked in Frederick's direction and the housing minister gave the prime minister the ‘go' sign. King moved the motion. Edmund Estephane, the labour minister, smiled like a happy puppy.
    The opposition leader asked that the words statutory instrument be removed from the ‘motion.' The Speaker asked the prime minister to move the motion to strike those words. The prime minister began to speak but sensing his course, the speaker interrupted.
    "I'd like to hear you say the words ‘statutory instrument of 2009 be removed. Be
    "Isn't that reflected in what I was saying?" King protested.
    "He doesn't even understand," Kenny Anthony lamented. Mathurin took the reigns again and proceeded with a vote on the motion to condemn the former administration. Predictably the ayes had it.
    "Today is a day of reckoning," the prime minister began, again.
    But there was no reckoning -at least not the way the government envisioned it. Their resolution was dumbed down to a motion and their lack of precision and mental discipline was exposed by the man who was supposed to be the bad guy in all of this. As the prime minister launched into a statement about the "financial rape," the squandermania and the fecal quagmire he saw documented in the Ramsahoye report, it became clear that there would not be none of the consequences that the current officer holders promised when they were on the campaign trail in 2006.
    "You must tell the truth to the people of St Lucia," Kenny Anthony protested King's
    interpretation of what the Ramsahoye report said.
    "Practice what you preach!" King retorted. Then returning to his statement he asked, "Can the people of St Lucia ever trust Kenny again?"
    This, in the end, was what it was all about. The government was using the report to continue its never-ending campaign against the current opposition leader. The Ramsahoye report may be no good for improving the state of governance but it was a pretty good way to remind people of the most controversial things Kenny Anthony did twelve years ago, as if they happened just yesterday.
    As King moved through his statement, the temperature dropped. Lenard Montoute yawned. Kenny Anthony went outside to stretch his legs. King rehashed the now-well-known findings of the report.
    "It is a day of reckoning," Kenny Anthony said, when King finished and he had the floor. He accused the prime minister of saying things that were not even in the report.
    "He twisted it," Anthony said. And then he returned to the day's proceedings. "When last have we seen a resolution to identify and impale a single member of the House. It's
    malice. Vindictiveness. A clear violation of separation of powers. Condemnation belongs elsewhere, not in this parliament."
    The opposition leader proved his credentials as the most apt inheritor of George Odlum's theatrical powers. His demeanor said that he just couldn't understand why a
    government would spend so much money asking questions they already knew the answers to and not asking the right
    people the most important
    His words, however, said that he clearly understood what was happening.
    "I am their magnificent obsession," he confessed.
    "How come they didn't make Gavin French appear?" Anthony asked, somewhat
    facetiously of the Rochamel chief executive. If there was skullduggery involved, who would have been a better person to interview than Trevor Cozier (of the law firm McNamara and Company who registered the company known as Frenwell)?"
    Anthony then turned to the document of the day.
    "This is one of the laziest reports I've ever seen," he said of the 74 page, $3 million Ramsahoye report.
    It was about an hour into Anthony's statement and he needed more time. Under ordinary circumstances, there would be no question of giving him more time. This is one of the few mechanisms of democratic politics which is actually polite. His side asked for more, but Frederick signaled ‘no.' The vote came up 6-5 against Anthony getting more time to speak. And with that, the opposition leader and his colleagues packed up and left.
    As the opposition walked out, Guy Joseph chimed, "You're looking for a way to escape."
    "And you wanted me to stay there so much that you gave it to me," Anthony replied.
    The government had only just begun to condemn the administration of Kenny Anthony. Rufus Bousquet, Guy Joseph, Richard Frederick, even Keith Mondesir all had their say, each address chock-full of quotable made-for-media soundbites.
    But as far as the reporters were concerned, the story had walked out the door with the opposition. Even media magnet Richard Frederick could not draw reporters back inside
    until the opposition had wearied of them.

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    ANTIGUA- Opposition stages walk out of house

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 05:53

    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - Opposition parliamentarians aligned to the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) staged a walk out of parliament here on Wednesday morning during debate on anti-money laundering legislation. [​IMG] Opposition Leader Lester Bird The move followed an appeal made by Opposition Leader Lester Bird to the government for more time to study 30 proposed amendments to the Corporate Management and Trust Service Providers Amendment Act.
    Bird called for the debate to be delayed by a further seven days to allow members more time to study the proposed changes, which he said were only circulated to parliamentarians on Monday.
    However, the Speaker Giselle Isaac-Arrindell turned down the request after a vote was taken on the matter and the government used its slender majority in the House to push forward with the debate.
    In supporting the move, Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell argued that the amendments were "critical" given recent concerns raised by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the international regulatory community.

    He argued that there was nothing in the amendments that was "so onerous or so intellectually taxing" that required a week to study.

    But Bird deemed the decision to move forward with the debate a "travesty of the parliamentary system, and an abuse of the slender majority which the UPP commands at this time".

    Shortly after leading the walk out of the six ALP members who were in parliament at the time, he warned that "the ALP will not allow our parliamentary system to be degraded and destroyed by the unlawful action of a government whose legitimacy is not established".

    The UPP, which controls 10 of the 17 seats in the Antigua and Barbuda parliament, was successful in passing the amendments even in the absence of the opposition.
    Source:ANTIGUA- Opposition stages walk out of house
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    Opposition parties walk out of Sudan parliament

    KHARTOUM | Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:56pm EDT

    (Reuters) - Sudan's opposition parties walked out of parliament on Monday after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's party refused to back down over its plans to allow the intelligence service wide powers, parliamentarians said.
    The powerful security forces were blamed by opponents for mass torture and murder during the north-south civil war.
    Sudan acknowledges some abuses by security forces but says it investigates cases of torture and killings.
    A 2005 peace deal to end the north-south conflict included a new democratic constitution limiting the powers of the security service to gathering intelligence.
    Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) tabled a National Security Forces law in parliament which would allow the intelligence service to retain widespread powers of arrest and search.
    Analysts say Sudan's national security and intelligence forces are almost as powerful as the army, controlling a myriad of militias and facing little accountability for their actions.
    The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), which entered into coalition government after signing the 2005 peace deal, and opposition parties have described the NCP's proposals as unconstitutional.
    Both sides have launched media campaigns to push their point of view and opposition parties say they will boycott elections due in less than six months if laws are not amended in line with the new constitution.
    Farouq Abu Eissa, a member of the opposition alliance, said: "It would not be acceptable to pass this law with only the northerners present," before his people left the session on Monday.
    The move has sparked a political standoff a week after Washington outlined a new policy of incentives to Khartoum to implement the 2005 deal but warning of penalties if it stalled.
    "It is now a parliament of one party," said deputy speaker Atem Garang from the SPLM, which began a boycott of the session last week. "The opposition alliance walked out today and those that are left are NCP allies."
    "If they are serious and have the political will then they should make sure that all the bills ... should move ... and then they would resolve this crisis they have created," he added.
    In addition to the divisive National Security Forces bill, laws guiding a southern referendum on secession due in 2011, trade unions and other matters have not been agreed.
    Showing no sign of compromise, NCP Justice Minister Abdel Basit Sabderat said a national security force without powers of arrest and search would be "an invitation to chaos."
    Senior NCP official Ibrahim Ghandour accused the SPLM of holding up democracy, questioning how a boycott would advance talks on the law

    Opposition parties walk out of Sudan parliament | Reuters
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    MDC-T legislators walkout of a meeting….

    Sakhile Malaba on Sep 30th, 2010 and filed under Local News.

    KARIBA – Showing their displeasure at being addressed by a disputed Governor, the MDC-T legislators attending a two-day Pan African Parliament workshop in Victoria Falls walked out of the meeting on Monday as Matabeleland North Governor and Resident Minister Thokozile Mathuthu addressed the gathering.
    Led by their House of Assembly Chief Whip Mr Innocent Gonese, the legislators - who included Ms Thabitha Khumalo and Ms Editor Matamisa - walked out as Governor Mathuthu began her address.
    Speaker of Parliament Mr Lovemore Moyo, who was chairing the meeting, did not join his colleagues but sources yesterday said it appeared the walkout was premeditated.[​IMG]
    "The MPs claimed Governor Mathuthu's term of office expired at the end of August this year," said a source who attended the meeting.
    The source said Governor Mathuthu continued with her address and looked to Mr Moyo to rein in legislators from the party in which he is the national chairman. Mr Moyo had earlier introduced Governor Mathuthu to the delegates.
    "As they walked out, the MDC-T legislators were shouting that the Matabeleland North governor they knew was Mr Wesley Sansole," added the source.
    Mr Sansole is MDC-T's Hwange East legislator. Pan African parliamentarians attending the workshop made it clear to the protesting legislators that the appointment of provincial governors was an internal issue that should not be brought before such a gathering.
    Last night Mr Gonese confirmed the walkout.
    "As far as those of us who were attending the workshop were concerned, we believe she is no longer a legitimate governor as her term has expired," he said.
    He claimed Mr Sansole was the legitimate governor.
    The move was despite an agreement by the three principals to the Global Political Agreement last month that the appointment of provincial governors would be done concurrently with the lifting of illegal Western sanctions.
    Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on August 5 wrote to Sadc-appointed facilitator President Jacob Zuma of South Africa informing him that the three principals agreed on the simultaneous implementation of gubernatorial changes and the lifting of the sanctions

    Source:MDC-T legislators walkout of a meeting…. | zimbabwemetro.com
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    The dispute sparked a dramatic walk-out by a group of 60 MPs from a Sunni-backed bloc, underscoring the fragility of the agreement, which seeks to finally end Iraq's political impasse eight months after elections.
    As part of the deal, brokered during three days of intense talks, President Jalal Talabani, re-elected by MPs, named Maliki as the country's prime minister on Thursday evening.
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    That was overshadowed, however, by a dispute that prompted angry members of the Iraqiya bloc to storm out of the Council of Representatives chamber.
    The support of Iraqiya, which narrowly won the March 7 poll and garnered most of its seats in Sunni areas, is seen as vital to preventing a resurgence of violence. The Sunni Arab minority that dominated Saddam Hussein's regime was the bedrock of the anti-US insurgency after the 2003 invasion.
    "Last night, it was clear, there are a lot of disagreements," independent Kurdish lawmaker Mahmud Othman told AFP on Friday.
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    Uganda Government News: Opposition walk outs criticized

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    First published: 2009/09/25 1:36:01 PM EST

    The Members of opposition in Parliament have been criticized for absconding from Parliamentary work through walking out after disagreements with their fellow MPs from ruling National Resistance Movement party members.

    The opposition MPs walked out of Parliament yet again this week, protesting against sections of the budget that was being passed.

    The MPs in particular protested against the allocation of 6.5 billion shillings to the president's office for promoting patriotism and an additional 10 million shillings for the presidential Banana Initiative.

    However, the government Chief Whip, Daudi Migereko says that such behavior of opposition MPs is uncalled for as it is not provided for in the rules of procedure.

    Migereko says storming out of Parliament is not an acceptable way of conducting business, adding that there are known procedures for dissenting from positions presented on the floor of Parliament.

    Source:Uganda Government News: Opposition walk outs criticized
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    Walk-outs must stop

    Source: Ghanaian Chronicle - Ghanaian Chronicle
    Editorial | Thu, 05 Aug 2010

    Before the latter walked out of the house, their leader, Hon. Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told the Speaker that their colleagues from the majority side had betrayed the trust they had in them, since they had earlier met in a caucus and agreed that the debate on the Suppliers Credit of $1.5 billion to build 30,000 houses for the security agencies, should be postponed for a week, for more diligent work to be done on the deal.

    He also drew the Speaker's attention to the fact that a writ had been filed at the Supreme Court against the same deal, and in fairness, it would be wrong for them to debate it.

    He noted that since the majority side was not prepared to listen to them, his side was not prepared to partake in the debate, and therefore walked out of the Chamber, together with the entire minority side, except Hon. P.C. Appiah Ofori, Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa.

    As noted by Hon. Cletus Avoka, the leader of the house, walk-outs are part and parcel of parliamentary democracy, therefore, The Chronicle understands the position of the minority.

    We, however, think the time has come for our Members of Parliament (MP) to have a second look at this option.

    During the debate for the sale of the then Ghana Telecom to Vodafone, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs, who were then in the minority, opposed the deal, and when the majority side was determined to approve it, they also staged a walk-out and refused to sit in to make contributions to the deal. This is exactly what the NPP also replicated on Tuesday.

    Securing a loan of $10 billion, which is more than half of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a serious matter, and like the Vodafone deal, should not have merited the walk-out by the minority side.

    When the minority realised that the majority were determined to give approval to the credit facility, they should have softened their stand, and sat in to raise their protest during the debate, and then vote against it at the end of the day. In this way, it would become public record that they made several interventions, but were ignored by the majority side.

    Those who listened to the debate, live on the radio, would attest to the fact that P.C. Ofori gave a good account of himself, as he subjected the deal to proper scrutiny, despite heckling by the majority side.

    Should there be any problem with the agreement in future, the records would be there to show that PC did point those flaws out, but he was ignored.

    If our MPs allow their emotions to override their judgment, this country would never see any meaningful development that we are all yearning for.

    As we noted earlier, walk-outs have become part and parcel of parliamentary democracy, but is that the best way to deal with an issue that is dear to the hearts of all Ghanaians?

    The walk-out on the Vodafone deal and now STX, is past and gone, and never should we hear or see our MPs taking such positions in future, because it does not cater for the best interests of Ghanaians.
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    Moving Out of Kuwait's Political Impasse

    Nathan J. Brown Web Commentary, June 2009

    Kuwait is gripped by a state of political paralysis. A standoff between the ruling family and the elected parliament is aggravated by deep divisions within each side, making any kind of political movement difficult if not impossible.

    While Kuwaitis themselves often speak of a failure of leadership, attributing the logjam to the shortcomings of particular individuals, in fact the problems are more the result of structural and institutional shortcomings than they are personal failings. There are many possible solutions, but implementing most of them would demand precisely the kinds of decisive actions that are in woefully short supply. Thus the most likely course may be a suspension of the Arab world's liveliest and most sustained democratic experiment.

    Source:Moving Out of Kuwait
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    kwani anaheshima gani ya kuheshimiwa....kumbe wizi siku hizi nao heshima??? Mie nlikuwa sijui bana