Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has underlined the importance of his powers probably as a way of sensitizing the general public about the revered position he occupies in the legislative arm of government.
According to him the law gives Parliament the power to remove a president but does not give the same powers to a president to be able to remove a Speaker of Parliament.
He said this at the post-budget forum held at Ho in the Volta Region over the weekend. He used the moment to explain that Parliament approves budgets that benefit the executive more than the legislature and the judiciary.
This, he said was their own making and asked that steps be taken to fix the situation.
“This year, all the laws we have been passing are laws we passed to benefit the executive, even we forget about Parliament in the language we use, this is self-inflicted; it is not a deficiency in the constitution, it’s a deficiency in Parliament itself. We must correct it”, he said.
“Let me reemphasized that the 8th Parliament is properly positioned not to allow itself to be bullied into playing second fiddle to the executive. Parliament can remove His Excellency the President; His Excellency cannot do that to Parliament. As Speaker, His Excellency cannot remove me, but I can through Parliament get him [the president] removed”.
He however added that though he has such powers, he will not do it.