Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Ghana's Parliament

Mr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, has described Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin’s election as Speaker of Parliament as a sign of a new era in Ghana’s politics.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday, Mr Spio-Garbrah said Mr Bagbin’s election indicated the end of “Winner Takes All.”

“With his experience, he will be able to contribute to the nation’s democratic credentials. It is not surprising some Parliamentarians, knowing his competency and capability, put their partisan affiliation aside and voted Mr Bagbin in the interest of the nation,” he said.

Mr Spio-Gabrah said the current political atmosphere must guide President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint ministers on merit other than political party affiliation.

“The President needs to make public appointments that both Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians living and working in the country will appreciate. The Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement and other international companies have their headquarters in Ghana, so we must have appointees in the national interest,” he said.

“Friends and Family must disappear with immediate effect from the appointments in the new government. All such highly qualified members of the current administration should do the President a favour and not seek any public reappointments,” Mr. Spio-Garbrah said.

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