The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has been elected as the new President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. (CPA)
Bagbin was unanimously selected to the position being a promotion from his previous position of Vice President of the Association.
His election occurred during the CPA’s just ended 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Ghanaian thus presides over the 180-member strong Parliaments of the Commonwealth of Nations and has also been given the opportunity to host the 66th Conference of the CPA in Accra which is set to come off from the 30th of September to the 7th of October 2023.
Bagbin also becomes chair of the CPA’s Elections Committee.
Ghana’s Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, was also elected the Vice Chairman of the Association.
He is expected to work hand in hand with the Chairman, Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP, Member of the House of Commons, UK, in providing leadership for the running of the Executive Committee of the Association.
He also becomes the de-facto deputy spokesperson of the CPA.
A delegation of top-tier MP’s represented Ghana at the 65th CPC led by Speaker Bagbin and including the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Ahmed Ibrahim, Deputy Minority Whip, Thomas Mbomba, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Deputy Majority Whip, Comfort Cudjoe-Ghansah Doyoe, Second Deputy Minority Whip, and Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, MP of Akwapim North.