Parliament approves US ‘military base’ deal

Parliament has approved the Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement which seeks to provide a space in the country to host some US military troops.

The approval was done by only Majority Members of Parliament because the Minority staged a walkout during the debate on the Floor of the House on Friday night.
“This House adopts the report from the joint committee on defense and interior,” the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye said after the approval.
Prior to staging the walkout, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu spoke for close to 17 minutes giving a litany of reasons why they believe the agreement should not be ratified by Parliament.
He however urged Majority to approve the agreement without them saying “you [the Majority] can cowardly approve the agreement” without the Minority.