The Minority has threatened to trigger censure processes to remove the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta from office for allegedly breaching the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The Act, shepherded by the Finance Ministry and enacted in 2018, places a ceiling on the annual fiscal deficit at five per cent of Gross Domestic Product.

It, however, grants exceptions under which the deficit may be more than the five per cent. The exceptions include health pandemics, force majeures, amongst others.

This, however, the Act says must be by parliamentary approval.

The Finance Minister, presenting the mid-year review on July 23, asked that the law be suspended as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to hit the economy.

“From developments thus far, it is clear that the fiscal rules of a deficit not exceeding five per cent of GDP and a positive primary balance enshrined in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2018 (Act 982) are neither feasible nor attainable targets in this emergency period of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he told Parliament.

But taking his turn in the debate preceding the approval of the reviewed budget on Wednesday, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the law cannot be suspended because the House wields no such power.

“We will not suspend the law. He will undergo the sanctions spelt out in the Fiscal Responsibility Act. He defined it for himself.

“In any case, Parliament, do you suspend your laws? If you are coming for the review of the law, do so because the law was definite. So Mr Speaker when the Minister said that he has breached his own fiscal responsibility rules, he is a potential candidate for sanctions under the Fiscal Responsibility Act and we will accordingly, sanction him in accordance with the law.