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NDC congratulates Bagbin over his election as CPA president

The Speaker was unanimously elected at the just ended 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by Canada in Halifax

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has congratulated the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin following his election as president of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

The Speaker was unanimously elected at the just ended 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by Canada in Halifax. The CPA is made up of over 180 member parliaments of the Commonwealth of Nations,

Until his new appointment, Bagbin was the vice president of the CPA.

A statement issued by the NDC on Monday (29 August) said: “The leadership and entire membership of the National Democratic Congress have taken note of the recent election of the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, our own much beloved Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, as the new President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

“We issue this statement to formally offer him our warmest congratulations on this singular achievement which brings honour and dignity not only to his person and sterling qualities, but also to the continent of Africa, our  country Ghana, and the National Democratic Congress of which he is a committed and dedicated member.”

“As we all bask in the pride of his election, we also request for God’s strength and grace to enable him discharge his additional functions with the wisdom and dexterity that has characterised his tenure since his historic election as the first ever Speaker of Parliament from outside the ranks of the governing party. Comrade Speaker, the NDC wishes you well,” the NDC statement said.

“The people of Ghana are proud of you. May you continue to enjoy  God’s bountiful blessing.”

About CPA

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is one of the oldest established organisations in the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1911, it is a membership association which brings together Members, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, who are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by the pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.

The Association is made up of over 180 legislatures (or Branches) divided up between nine geographic regions of the Commonwealth.

It offers a vast opportunity for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to collaborate on issues of mutual interest and to share good practice.

Fred Dzakpata

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