'Poster boy'

Ghana: Six things to know about Alban Bagbin, the controversial speaker of Parliament

By Kent Mensah

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Posted on February 15, 2022 13:32

Alban Bagbin
Alban Bagbin, Ghana’s new speaker of parliament (twitter @askbagbin)

Alban Bagbin, the dyed-in-the-wool National Democratic Congress member made history as the first opposition lawmaker to become Speaker of Parliament in Ghana under an executive president from a different party. However, one year later, he is still making headlines. We explore six reasons why Bagbin is still the talk of the town.

Alban Bagbin is arguably the most vocal and visible Speaker of Parliament that Ghana has had since 1992, when the West African country opted to return to constitutional rule.

His election was marred by chaos in the House prompting the military to invade the chamber – for the first time in the history of the 64-year-old democratic nation – to restore calm among MPs.

Both sides of the House – the Minority and Majority – have 137 seats each, with an independent candidate owing allegiance to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), giving them a slim advantage in the hung Parliament.

Bagbin’s election on 7 January 2021 was inconclusive and the leaders of Parliament had to create a consensus to pave the way for his swearing in.

Citing portions of his oath in his inaugural speech, he promised to be impartial, despite the rancour that preceded his assumption of office.

“[…] I will do right to

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