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NPP MPs Show Up In Parliament At 4am To Occupy The Right Side Of The Speaker

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus in Parliament Friday arrived in the House as early as 4am ostensibly to secure seats on the right-hand side of the Speaker.

Who sits on the right-hand of the speaker has always been a preserve of the majority but the exigencies of the current parliamentary composition poses a controversy both sides have taken upon themselves to outsmart each other.

Pictures from the House this dawn showed the right-hand being occupied by MPs of the NPP, while the left side was still empty. Some of the MPs were also seen in sleepy postures in their seats while waiting for business of the day to commence.

The NDC caucus had successfully pulled off a similar strategy to sit on the right-hand side of the Speaker on the night of January 6, 2021 when the 7th Parliament was going to be dissolved for the 8th to be inaugurated.

They went into the chamber earlier to assume the seats on the right, claiming to be the majority. But the numbers as it stands do not support the claims that either of the sides has a majority; the NPP and the NDC have 137 each with one seat for a Independent MP.

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