Speaker, Alban Bagbin, rejects letter from Presidency requesting government to cut budget of Parliament and Judiciary

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has rejected a letter from the Presidency which seeks to inform parliament of government’s decision to cut the budget of the judiciary and Parliament.

Two separate letters signed by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bedietuo, said in view of the current economic hardships government is putting a ceiling on the budgetary allocations to the two arms of government.

The letter, therefore, asked the House to take the cap into consideration when approving the 2021 budget.

However, in a quick response, the Speaker wrote back to the Presidency indicating his inability to accept the letters.

The Speaker said it is not within the power of the Executive to determine the budgetary allocations to either the Judiciary or the Legislature, insisting that the final authority lies with Parliament.

The Speaker has since returned the letters to the Presidency.

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