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Member of Parliament elect for the Ayawaso West Wagon Constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, was this morning sworn-in in to replace her boyfriend in parliament despite the controversies that surrounded the by-election in the constituency last Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarrak, before the swearing in stated that their side of the House can not recognize Lydia as the MP-elect and therefore can not partake in the swearing in activity. The minority displayed placards and boycotted proceedings confirming their earlier stand that they do not regard Lydia Seyram Alhassan as the elected Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wagon Constituency.
First deputy speaker of the House, Joseph Osei Owusu, however, with the permission of the Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo administered the Oaths of Office and Allegiance to Lydia Seyram Alhassan who has now inherited the seat of her deceased boyfriend, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko who passed on November 21, 2018 in the United States of America.
Lydia’s entry to parliament raises the number of women to 38 out of 275 MPs of the House, representing about 13% of the total number. She holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana, Legon alongside many credentials.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey || ghananewsonline.com.gh