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VIDEO: “President Akufo-Addo Has Napoleonic Syndrome” – Prof Ayensu-Danquah Reveals

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Professor Grace Ayensu-Danquah, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Essikado-Ketan Constituency in the Western Region, has criticised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over delays in receiving and assenting to the recently passed anti-LGBT+ Bill.

Professor Ayensu-Danquah asserted that the president’s actions indicate a disregard for legislative processes and constitutional obligations.

“So, what is the president up to, refusing the transmission [of the Bill]? I agree with my sister. He sounds like he is up to something; he is too troublesome.

“I mean, I totally agree with my sister; he is super troublesome and always looking for a fight. In medicine, we call it the Napoleonic syndrome. He always has to make a point, and he always has to be the loudest person in the room,” she said in an interview on TV3 on March 21, 2024.

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Highlighting the principle of separation of powers, Prof. Ayensu-Danquah emphasised that President Akufo-Addo is not above the legislature and must adhere to constitutional norms by accepting the transmission of Bills passed by Parliament.

She added, “He is not above the legislature; he is not above the Speaker of Parliament. He needs to accept the transmission per the constitution.”

 

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The anti-LGBT+ Bill, as passed by Parliament, proscribes LGBT activities and criminalises their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

It may be recalled that the Office of the President urged Parliament not to transmit the anti-LGBT+ Bill to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for assent.

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The presidency cited two pending applications for an order of interlocutory injunction against the Bill before the Supreme Court.

In a statement released on Monday, March 18, 2024, Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to the President, disclosed that the Attorney-General had informed President Akufo-Addo via a letter dated March 18, 2024, regarding the pending legal actions.

Per the Anti-LGBT+ Bill, persons caught in LGBT+ acts would be subjected to six months to a three-year jail term, with promoters and sponsors bearing a three- to five-year jail term.

President Akufo-Addo has suspended his decision on whether or not to sign the Bill into law, citing a challenge to its constitutionality in the Supreme Court.

Even if he decides against it, MPs can, by a two-thirds majority, veto the president’s decision and make the provisions of the Bill enforceable.

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