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IMF Urges Inclusive Society Amid Ghana’s Anti-Gay Legislation Controversy

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, has stressed the significance of inclusivity following Ghana’s Parliament’s approval of the anti-gay bill.

During an interview on Citi TV’s The Point of View with Bernard Avle, Georgieva underscored the need for all Ghanaians to participate fully in the country’s development.

Georgieva stated, “I understand that people in Ghana have taken the bill to court. All I can say is that a more inclusive society is a more successful society. You want Ghana to flourish, so make it possible for everybody to contribute fully to this country.”

On February 28, 2024, Parliament passed the bill criminalizing LGBTQ+ activities, promotion, advocacy, and funding, with penalties including jail terms ranging from 6 months to 5 years.

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However, the Office of the President, in a letter dated March 18, requested Parliament to withhold sending the bill to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his assent.

This decision came in light of two pending applications for an order of interlocutory injunction before the Supreme Court, seeking to prevent Parliament from sending the bill to the President and restrain the President from assenting to it until the matter is resolved.

In a statement issued by Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to the President, the office revealed that the Attorney-General had informed the President via a letter dated March 18, 2024, about being served with both applications.

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