Official: Mike Oquaye is Speaker of Parliament

Former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Reverend Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye has been elected as the Speaker of the Seventh Parliament of Ghana. He was proposed by Minority Leader of the immediate past Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, at the inaugural sitting of the Seventh Parliament on Saturday, January 7. Proceedings were supervised by Clerk of Parliament Emmanuel Anyimadu as a result of the absence of a speaker. As per Standing Order 85, Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu’s proposal was seconded by the Tamale South Constituency Member of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, who will be the Minority Leader. The former Minister of Communications swore the oath of office and oath of allegiance, which were administered by Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood. The incoming Majority Leader indicated that Prof Oquaye had already presented his acceptance letter dated January 6, 2017 to him, later on which he will make it available to the clerk. The new Speaker was born on April 4, 1944 to ETN Oquaye Ofosu and Felicia Awusege Oquaye nee Azu of Odumase Krobo. He attended his basic school in Odumase Krobo, where he also proceeded to the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School for his O’Level. He, however, moved to Apam Secondary School in the Central Region for his A’Level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana, where he rose to become the head of the Political Science Department between October, 1992 and January, 2002. He is also a barrister of the Supreme Court of Wales and a man of God. He is a two-time MP for Dome Kwabenya Constituency. He was also Ghana’s Ambassador to India. In his inaugural address, Prof Oquaye congratulated the 275 Members for winning their seats and stressed: “We will encourage healthy debate.”

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>