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Briefing paper

BP20: Parliament of the fourth republic of Ghana – Views From the grassroots

Afrobarometer Briefing Paper No.20
1 Sep 2005 Ghana
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The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana that came into effect in January 1993 provides the basic charter for the country’s fourth attempt at republican democratic government since independence in 1957. It declares Ghana to be a unitary republic with sovereignty residing in the Ghanaian people. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and provides for the sharing of powers among a President, a Parliament, a Cabinet, a Council of State, and an independent judiciary. This paper begins with an assessment of popular expectations of the institution; continues with an appraisal of the performance of parliament and parliamentarians; and assesses implications for Ghanaian democratic development.