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1st March 2011, 03:54 PM

The Speaker of Parliament Joyce Banford Addo suspended sitting on Tuesday following near chaotic scenes on the floor of the House

The Majority is demanding an unconditional apology from the Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who they accuse of desecrating the Legislative body.

The Minority Leader refused to escort President John Mills out of the chamber after the presidentís delivered his third State of the Nation Address.

He was protesting what he said was a sad and partisan address ever by a president, citing the presidentís failure to acknowledge the Chief Justice and ex-president John Kufuor both of who were present during the address.

The Minority Leader has since called the president and apologised promising the ugly scene will not repeat itself.

But the Majority is unimpressed. They want an official apology rendered to the president on the floor by the Minority Leader and are not ready to compromise.

On Tuesday, MP for Asawasi, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak began the chorus for an apology and his colleagues in the Majority booed, cheered and shouted along; but the Minority Leader said he is not ready to apologise anymore than he has done already; and had the unflinching support from the Minority who equally booed and snapped.

Joy Newsí Parliamentary correspondent Sammy Darko reports there were near chaotic scene on the floor with tempers flaring from both side of the chamber.

The Speaker who had wanted a gentlemanís resolution to the problem could bare no longer the shouts and tantrums from the MPs and decided to suspend sitting.

MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Dr. J. S. Annan told Sammy Darko the Minority Leader has disrespected Parliament as an institution and the Majority will take nothing but an apology.

He said they will be forced to drag him to the Privileges Committee for disciplinary action.