GHANA: President nonplussed over luxury auto loans for MPs
The CNN report said that the news outraged citizens of Ghana, which has a national debt of nearly $7 billion.
A report in the state-run Daily Graphic newspaper said Wednesday that Finance Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo approved the release of $4 million last month to enable lawmakers to buy personal cars - mostly BMW's and Mercedes-Benz - according to an official list.
The CNN report says that the lawmakers, who sit for four-year terms, plan to pay back the loans through monthly deductions of 1.3 million cedis ($185) from salaries of only 1.5 million cedis ($200) a month, the paper said.
Lawyers' associations and journalist groups in the country have threatened to take to the streets if the loans are not withdrawn.