Scottish MPs misconducted themselves – Amaliba

A member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has referred to last Thursday’s boycott of President John Dramani Mahama’s address by the minority in the Scottish parliament as a misconduct.

“It is a section of parliament but it has brought the entire parliament [of Scotland] into disrepute,” he stated.

UK’s Guardian newspaper on Thursday reported that members of the Scottish Greens sat out President Mahama’s date with parliament as a result of Ghana’s stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

They had written to Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick about their belief that “the Scottish parliament should be a place where everyone can feel safe.

“Yet the invitation to President John Dramani Mahama to address MPs can only undermine this, given his full support for the horrific discriminatory laws towards the LGBT community in his country.”

But speaking on TV3’s New Day on Saturday, Mr Amaliba did not mince words about the action of the MPs.

“The Scottish Parliament misconducted themselves.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Hanna Tetteh has rejected reports that the Ghanaian delegation including the president was embarrassed by the situation.

“I have no idea what you are talking about. No embarrassment was meted out to the president,” she replied to a tweet on Friday, March 18.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh

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