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The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suspended the Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon and aspiring member of Parliament for the Ningo Prampram constituency, Sam George. The Greater Accra regional executive took the decision following allegation of verbal attack on them. What this means is that the two constituencies do not have parliamentary candidates for the 2016 elections.
The Supreme Court has declared as a violation of the constitution the speaker of parliament’s refusal to swear the presidential other before acting as president. The CEO of Citi FM, Samuel Atta-Mensah in a suit prayed the court to declare as unconstitutional, the Speaker’s decision not to be sworn in as President before acting in that capacity. According to the ruling by the nine-member panel of Supreme Court judges presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo, the speaker must at all times swear the presidential oath when the president and vice are absent.
Nigeria has cut a fine imposed on MTN Group by more than a third to $3.4 billion and given the South African mobile phone operator until the end of the year to pay it. The Nigerian Communications Commission handed Africa's biggest mobile phone company the penalty in October after MTN failed to cut off users with unregistered SIM cards from its network. The fine, originally $5.2 billion, prompted MTN to hold talks with the NCC over the past five weeks seeking a reduction.
The Black Stars of Ghana have declined three places down to 33 in the World and still third in Africa in the latest official FIFA rankings for December 2015. Avram Grant’s men have slowly moved down the latest FIFA rankings despite recording 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Comoros in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying double header last month. The Black Stars have been on a steady decline since October, dropping down the rankings from 28 to 30 and now 33.
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