Haruna Iddrisu named minority leader while Alban Bagbin for 2nd deputy speaker
The now majority in sixth Parliament who will less than 48 hours become the minority in the seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic has named Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu, Member of Parliament for Tamale South, as the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority side in the next parliament which begin work from the early hours of January 7, 2017.
His naming comes after wider consultation within the NDC fraternity in Parliament and party at large.
The position of the next minority leader, the thebftonline.com understands was closely contested for between Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu MP for Tamale South and the Member of Parliament for Ketu North, Mr James Klutse Avedzi.
But the NDC in a rather interesting way decided to keep the two men, approving the Member of Parliament for Ketu North, Mr James Klutse Avedzi as the deputy minority leader.
Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu who is a 46-year-old lawyer has been the in parliament for over 12 years and is the outgoing Minister of Employment and Labour Relations. He also served once as the Minister of Trade and Industry
While Mr James Avedzi, 52, a chartered accountant by profession, has also served in parliament for 12 years and has been the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament in the last eight years.
The seventh parliament of the fourth republic will be constituted at the dawn of the 7th January 2017, after the sixth Parliament is dissolved by midnight of January 7, 2017, ahead of the official swearing-in of the country’s new President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Meanwhile, the NDC side in the seventh Parliament has also agreed to propose the longest serving member of Parliament, outgoing Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin to become the next second deputy Speaker of the House of the Seventh Parliament starting January 7, 2017.
The NDC caucus has also appointed the following to the other leadership positions for the minority side, Mohammed Muntaka, MP from the Ashanti Region maintains his position as the Chief Whip, with the Member of Parliament for Banda Ahmard Ibrahim, and the Member of Parliament for Pusiga, Hon. Laadi Ayii Ayamba serving as deputy chief whips.
Reliable information to the thebftonline.com is that the soon-to-be-dissolved parliament particularly on the minority side from various regions have begun lobbying for their preferred candidates to be elected to serve in various leadership positions which will be various committee heads or ranking members in the House.