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President Akufo-Addo Allegedly Delaying Signing Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, Claims MP Ahmed Ibrahim

Ahmed Ibrahim, the First Deputy Minority Whip, has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of employing delaying tactics to avoid signing the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill into law. The bill, which was approved by Parliament on February 28, 2024, criminalizes LGBTQ+ activities, promotion, advocacy, and funding.

According to Ibrahim, President Akufo-Addo has pledged to await the Supreme Court’s ruling on a legal challenge by Richard Sky before deciding on the bill. However, Ibrahim suggests that this is a strategy by the president to avoid signing the bill.

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Under Article 106 of the 1992 Constitution, if the president fails to sign a bill within seven days, he is mandated to refer the bill to the Council of State for advice. Ibrahim believes that President Akufo-Addo is deliberately delaying the process to avoid signing the bill into law.

Ibrahim’s comments highlight the contentious nature of the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill and the differing opinions within Ghanaian society regarding LGBTQ+ rights.

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