Bagbin sworn-in as Speaker of Eighth Parliament
The former Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has been sworn-in as Speaker of Parliament of the Eighth Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.
The Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah conducted the swearing-in, taking Bagbin through the required oaths.
Bagbin has been in Parliament since the advent of the 4th Republic and has served virtually in all positions available in the House.
The Clerk to Parliament, Mr. Cyril Nsiah declared Bagbin the winner after a rancorous election process characterized by ballots snatching incident, a military intervention over disputes in how voting should proceed, and near fisticuffs over sitting arrangements.
The National Democratic Congress nominated him for the post, while the New Patriotic Party nominated the immediate past Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye.
Alban Bagbin, a lawyer and career politician, was born on September 24, 1957, at Sombo in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
He is a graduate of the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law and also holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He has previously served as Majority Leader and Leader of the House.
Meanwhile, the MP for Asante Bekwai, Joe Osei-Wusu has been elected the First Deputy Speaker, and the Independent MP for Adanse Fomena, Andrew Asiamah Amoako elected as the Second Deputy Speaker of the House respectively.