SUDANESE AMBASSADOR CALLS ON SPEAKER08-02-2017
He conveyed the felicitations of the Sudanese Speaker to the Ghanaian Speaker and expressed the hope that the two countries will continue to enjoy the good relations between them. The ambassador presented a letter to that effect.
The Minority leader Hon. Haruna Iddrisu said peace and stability are crucial to the well being of citizens of any country. He made reference to the boycott of the last elections held in Sudan and expressed the hope that Sudan will open itself up to diverse views in developing their democracy.
Hon. Iddrisu commended Sudan for their contribution to finding a lasting solution to the challenges in Egypt and Southern Sudan.
The Deputy Majority leader Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo referred to the fact that, geographically, Sudan was the largest nation until they were plagued by the many conflicts that have changed the fortunes of the country. She said Ghana, is inspired by the fact that Sudan has been able to overcome the many political conflicts and said Ghana having also been able to overcome its challenges is looking forward to closer collaboration especially in the area of female participation in politics. She was hopeful that the conflicts in Sudan which saw the demise of over 1.2 million people will be a thing of the past.
Speaker Mike Ocquaye said Sudan is an ancient country with a huge pride of ancestry. He said without the contribution all the people of Africa, the role that Africa should play in the world politics will be less significant. It is for that reason that Mr. Speaker was appreciative of the fact that Sudan emerged out of the difficulties that plagued the country.
He also made reference to be minimal role of women in politics in Northern Africa in particular and the rest of Africa in general and expressed the hope that more women will be given the opportunity to be more active politically and said it is for that reason that he was particularly enthused about the significant changes that Sudan is making in that direction.
He expressed the hope that the two countries will exchange visits soon to afford them the opportunity to compare notes on how to move their countries forward.
Currently in Sudan, women representation in Parliament is 30%, the country having put measures in place to ensure that at least 25% of Parliamentary seats are occupied by women. This is made possible by a system were 70% of the elected members are by universal adult suffrage and 30% by proportional representation.