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Parliament visits Amissah Arthur’s family



Parliamentary sitting was on Friday suspended following news of the passing of the immediate past vice president of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

Mr Amissah-Arthur, who was Vice President from 2012 to 2017, passed away Friday morning after collapsing during a morning exercise at the Air Force Gym in Accra.

He was then rushed to the 37 Military Hospital but could not survive.

Leadership of the house upon hearing the news suspended sittings and made arrangement to Amissah Arthur’s home at North Ridge to commiserate with the widow, Matilda, and the grieving family.

Before embarking on that, speaker of the house Hon. Mike Oquaye made clear and acknowledged the late vice president for his role in sustainability of democracy for republic of Ghana.

He scored the role of Mr Amissah-Arthur and announced the decision to pay a courtesy visit on the family pronto.

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu also praised the gentle nature of Mr Amissah-Arthur while he was vice president of Ghana.

Then in opposition, the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament said the late former vice president was tolerant of divergent opinions.

Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed expressed shock at the news.

According to him, the passing of Mr Amissah-Arthur will leave a bid void that will be difficult to fill within the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The Asawase MP said the late NDC Council of Elders member had been available to advise the Minority Caucus in Parliament on matters his opinion had been sought on.
He personally paid glowing tribute to Mr Amissah-Arthur, recalling how he stood in rain during his 2016 campaign launch in Asawase.

He said as the special guest, the then Vice President was unperturbed by the downpour and he stood in the rains until the event was over.

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