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Parliament Suspends Sitting Following the Passing of John Kumah

Parliament was thrown into mourning today following the passing of Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah, Member of Parliament for Ejisu and Deputy Finance Minister. Dr. Kumah reportedly passed away in the early hours of Thursday, March 7, after a brief illness. His sudden demise led to the suspension of the afternoon’s parliamentary sitting as a mark of respect and to allow members to mourn his loss.

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, upon receiving news of Dr. Kumah’s death, called for a 10-minute break. However, the break was extended to about 30 minutes as members grappled with the shock and sadness of losing a colleague and respected public servant.

Prior to the suspension, Parliament was expected to continue the debate on President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address. However, the Speaker, recognizing the somber mood of the House, decided to adjourn the proceedings to Friday, March 8, at 10 am. The decision was made after it became apparent that members were not in the right frame of mind to continue with the debate.

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