Dr. Clement Abas Apaak, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South has taken Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko to the cleaners for asking if the cross-examination of Mrs. Jean Mensa will add votes to that of former President John Dramani Mahama.

The legislator is quizzing why the lawyer would be bothered by the cross-examination of the Electoral Commissioner who has decided not to testify in the ongoing election petition.

He posited that the EC Chair could be hiding something from Ghanaians hence her refusal to testify.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, February 13, 2021, Gabby wondered why the lawyers for the petitioner, John Mahama, have been so bent on getting the EC chair into the witness box before they can properly make their case.

 

“The circumstances are very different. In 2013, John Mahama won by 5,574,761 votes and that was 50.7%. Akufo-Addo got 5,248,898 that was 47.74%. In order for John Mahama to drop below the 50% threshold, you needed to take away 77,131 from them – just that. The difference between Akufo-Addo and John Mahama was 325,863.

 

 

Naomi Osaka has staged an extraordinary comeback to keep her Australian Open hopes alive, storming home to knock Garbine Muguruza out in the fourth round.

Ash Barty now has one less grand slam champion to contend with after Osaka beat Muguruza 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.

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The US Open champion and former Australian Open champion, Osaka trailed 3-5 in the third set and saved two match points before reeling off four-straight games to advance to the quarter-finals.

Osaka was staring down the barrel while serving at 4-5, 15-40 in the deciding set, but came up with a clutch ace and booming forehand winner to save the pair of match points.

She was gone," one commentator said in disbelief on Channel Nine.

After dropping her serve at 2-2 in the third set, Osaka threw her racquet in disgust and looked destined for the exit door.

But the 2019 Australian Open champion showed why many are predicting her to re-produce her title run at Melbourne Park.

Osaka finished with 40 clean winners and 36 unforced errors after needing to redline it to keep Muguruza at bay.

The Spanish star's only defeat in eight matches this summer came against world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the Yarra Valley Classic lead-up event.

 

 

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Former US president Donald Trump has welcomed his second impeachment acquittal and says his movement "has only just begun".

Trump in a lengthy statement on Saturday (local time) thanked his lawyers and his defenders in the House and Senate, who he said "stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country".

He slammed the trial as "yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country".

he former president told his supporters "our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun".

"In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people," he said.

While Trump was acquitted by the Senate, seven Republicans voted to convict him, making it the most bipartisan vote in the history of presidential impeachments.

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  • The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection after a five-day trial in the same building ransacked by his followers on January 6 shortly after they heard him deliver an incendiary speech.

    In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favouring convictio

  • Trump left office on January 20, so impeachment could not be used to remove him from power.

    But Democrats had hoped to secure a conviction to hold him responsible for a siege that left five people including a police officer dead and to set the stage for a vote to bar him from ever serving in public office again.

    Given the chance to hold office in the future, they argued, Trump would not hesitate to encourage political violence again.

     
     

 

 

The United Arab Emirates' Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars.

The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth's near neighbour.

This first image will be followed by many similar such views of Mars.

 

Hope was put in a wide orbit so it could study the planet's weather and climate systems, which means it also will see the planet's full disk.

It's a type of view that's familiar fare from Earth-based telescopes, but less so from satellites actually positioned at Mars.

They traditionally have been kept close in to the planet so they can get high-resolution pictures of the surface and act as telecommunications relay stations for landed robots in contact with Earth.

 

The United Arab Emirates' Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars.

The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth's near neighbour.

This first image will be followed by many similar such views of Mars.

 

Hope was put in a wide orbit so it could study the planet's weather and climate systems, which means it also will see the planet's full disk.

It's a type of view that's familiar fare from Earth-based telescopes, but less so from satellites actually positioned at Mars.

They traditionally have been kept close in to the planet so they can get high-resolution pictures of the surface and act as telecommunications relay stations for landed robots in contact with Earth.

 

The Minister-designate for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has stated that the government intends to construct 111 district hospitals across the country. He said each of the hospitals was estimated to cost between $5 and $7m and in total cost $707 million.

He said even though the President mentioned in one of his speeches to the nation that the government planned to put up 88 hospitals, the number had increased to 111 to make room for additions, including hospitals for the six new regions that had no regional hospitals and other places that were left out at the initial count.

In addition,he said the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi would be upgraded.

In President Akufo-Addo’s eighth address to the nation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in April last year, he announced that some 88 hospitals would be constructed in districts across the country.

In the course of time, six new hospitals for the six new regions have had to be added to the plan in what the government termed Agenda 111.

Answering questions before the Appointments Committee at his vetting in Parliament yesterday, Mr Agyeman-Manu, who has been renominated for the Health Ministry, said, “There are 88 districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like coronavirus.

“We must do something urgently about this and that is why the government has decided to undertake such major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history.

“We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts that do not have hospitals,” he said.

 

The Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called for a national dialogue to address some weaknesses in the 1992 Constitution.

He cited the processes of amending entrenched provisions, the appointment of key institutions such as the Electoral Commission (EC) and the processes of reviewing agreements and bills.

“We are in Parliament and apply the constitution on daily basis; we know the weaknesses that confront us in many areas, including the process of amending the constitution, especially the entrenched ones.

“The constitution itself is confused on what to do when Parliament has to abridge these processes,” he said.

Questions

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made the call when he was vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament yesterday.

He has been nominated as Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs.

 

Review

Buttressing his call for constitutional review, the Majority Leader said when President John Dramani Mahama had to bring in Mrs Charlotte Osei to replace the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, his position on the matter at the time was for the President to submit the name of Mrs Osei to Parliament for the House to subject it to prior approval, using two-thirds of members.

“If you come to Parliament approving by two-thirds, the President will be forced to be very much more consultative in the appointments than is usually the case,” he said.

He expressed concern at the manner Parliament had lost many instrumental MPs whose contributions were vital to the development of the legislature.

He mentioned names of former MPs such as the past MP for Offinso South, Mr Ben Abdallah Banda (NPP); the MP for Tamale Central, Mr Inusah Fuseini (NDC), the MP for New Juaben, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah (NPP) and the MP for Wa West, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh (NDC).

“Today, they are all not part of us because they went through some frustration. Some went to primaries and lost and for how long are we going to continue with this process,” he said.

He blamed the high attrition rate in Parliament on monetisation of electoral processes of the various political parties at the constituency, district, regional and national levels.

“Democracy everywhere is guarded and guided and until we come to that understanding and open the slews gate every four years this monetisation will become difficult for us to banish.

“Because elsewhere parliamentary parties assess the performance of the MPs and pass on the recommendations to the parties,” he said.

 



 

The Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called for a national dialogue to address some weaknesses in the 1992 Constitution.

He cited the processes of amending entrenched provisions, the appointment of key institutions such as the Electoral Commission (EC) and the processes of reviewing agreements and bills.

“We are in Parliament and apply the constitution on daily basis; we know the weaknesses that confront us in many areas, including the process of amending the constitution, especially the entrenched ones.

“The constitution itself is confused on what to do when Parliament has to abridge these processes,” he said.

Questions

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made the call when he was vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament yesterday.

He has been nominated as Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs.

 

Review

Buttressing his call for constitutional review, the Majority Leader said when President John Dramani Mahama had to bring in Mrs Charlotte Osei to replace the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, his position on the matter at the time was for the President to submit the name of Mrs Osei to Parliament for the House to subject it to prior approval, using two-thirds of members.

“If you come to Parliament approving by two-thirds, the President will be forced to be very much more consultative in the appointments than is usually the case,” he said.

He expressed concern at the manner Parliament had lost many instrumental MPs whose contributions were vital to the development of the legislature.

He mentioned names of former MPs such as the past MP for Offinso South, Mr Ben Abdallah Banda (NPP); the MP for Tamale Central, Mr Inusah Fuseini (NDC), the MP for New Juaben, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah (NPP) and the MP for Wa West, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh (NDC).

“Today, they are all not part of us because they went through some frustration. Some went to primaries and lost and for how long are we going to continue with this process,” he said.

He blamed the high attrition rate in Parliament on monetisation of electoral processes of the various political parties at the constituency, district, regional and national levels.

“Democracy everywhere is guarded and guided and until we come to that understanding and open the slews gate every four years this monetisation will become difficult for us to banish.

“Because elsewhere parliamentary parties assess the performance of the MPs and pass on the recommendations to the parties,” he said.

 



 

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Yaw Dabie Appiah Mensah, has called for the scrapping of the ex-gratia paid to Members of Parliament (MPs) after every four years.

According to him, the present economic state of the nation (amidst surging cases of Coronavirus disease) required the immediate scrapping of the huge emoluments paid to the MPs.

“They are part of Article 71 office holders whose salaries and emoluments are determined by committees set up by the President, and are awarded huge lump sum as ex-gratia after every general election every four years,” he stated.

 
 

Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs, has vehemently disagreed with the practice of organising primaries to elect parliamentary candidates every four years.

The practice, he said, often resulted in high attrition rate of experienced Members of Parliament, adversely affecting the work of the legislature.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu, also a Member of Parliament for Suame, was responding to the question of how he would help in ending high attrition rate of MPs when he appeared before Parliament's Appointments Committee on Friday for vetting.

He said though Article 55 (5) of the 1992 Constitution enjoined political parties to comply with democratic principles but did not necessarily mean that parliamentary candidates should be chosen through elections.

 

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