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Minority to oppose Ampaw, Addison as choices for Special Prosecutor office

Parliament may have to brace for a feisty fight as Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) signal opposition to the names being bandied around as the choice for Special Prosecutor.

Two of the President's lawyer friends who are partners at the President's law firm have been named as the likely choice for the positions.

Philip Addison may deputize for the main man Akoto Ampaw, choices the President is considering and may announce "very soon".

The two were key in the president's legal team that challenged at the Supreme Court, the declaration of John Mahama as the winner of the 2012 presidential elections.

President John Mahama's government went on to lose the 2016 elections to Akufo-Addo who has vowed to fight corruption which is believed to have been rife under his predecessor.

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Nana Addo approves Special Prosecutor Bill, others

President Nana Akufo-Addo has assented to five key Bills which were passed by Parliament in 2017.

The Bills include the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, the Zongo Development Fund Bill and the three National Development Authority Bills.

The approval of the Development Authorities Bills by the President will see the creation of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities, the latter of which replaces the controversial Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

These authorities will champion the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) campaign promise of disbursing $1 million to every constituency to address pressing needs.

The three development authorities will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which is expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million.

The Zongo Development Fund Bill sought to establish the legal framework for the implementation of the Zongo Development Fund.

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