Armed security personnel stormed Ghana’s parliament on Wednesday to restore calm following chaotic scenes between members of the ruling party and the main opposition party.
The chaos followed a standoff over the election of a new speaker after new members of parliament had been sworn in.
The military and police were in the chambers for about 10 minutes before marching out, MyJoyOnline website reports.
Ghana’s parliament has no clear majority, with both the opposition and the ruling party having 137 MPs each, with one independent MP.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party has filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to annul President Nana Akufo Addo’s win in the December elections.
It wants the judges to order a re-run of the presidential election.
In a related news, married Ghanaian politician, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful was seen comfortably sitting on another man’s laps in the Parliament before a fight broke out between NPP and NDC members over who takes the majority side in the parliament following the dissolution of the 7th parliament.
In a Joy News interview, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the MP-elect for Juaboso whose lap, Mrs. Ursula was seen sitting explained the situation.
“When the New Patriotic Party MPs came in, they saw that we were on the right side so they went to the left but Ursula refused. Cletus Avoka was sitting down and decided to go to the washroom, by the time he came back Ursula had taken his seat.
“We tried to persuade her but she declined. She also left the seat and I sat on it. When she came she just sat on my lap. She didn’t say anything to me, she just sat and I didn’t say anything,” he said.