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I dont intend extending State of Emergency Prez. Sirleaf

By Victor Kezelee/Benjamin S. Taingay
Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(,2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says, she has no intention to extend the State of Emergency.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also announced that the curfew has been extended to mid night.

In a nation-wide address in Monrovia Thursday, November 13, 2014, she, however, clarified that the restriction will remain enforced in hot spots.

The Liberian Leader said: “I have communicated with the National Legislature on my decision.”

“My action is based on the significant progress made so far by Liberians and international partners in the fight against the Ebola virus,” the President also said.

President Johnson-Sirleaf acknowledged that the outbreak of the virus greatly undermined Liberia’s economy, but noted: “Liberians have been very cooperative with health measures.”

The Liberian leader said since the Ebola virus outbreak in March of this year (2014), the Government was successful in taking swift measures to protect its citizenry.

She named the closing of Liberia’s boarders and schools, placing restriction on public gatherings, appealing for partners’ interventions, and quarantining areas highly affected by the virus as some of the measures set up to fight the disease.

“The Public Health Law will now be enforced through awareness in communities until Liberia reaches a zero level of Ebola,” President Sirleaf further told the nation.

Commenting on the re-opening of schools, president Sirleaf said: “Upon the passage of the National budget, school authorities will begin preparing for resumption of classes, pending further instruction from health authorities.

It can be recalled that President Johnson-Sirleaf declared the State of Emergency August 11, 2014, to enable the Government implement measures to eradicate Ebola from Liberia.

The President had announced in a similar nation-wide address that the unprecedented outbreak of the pandemic in the country gave rise to the declaration of the State of Emergency across the nation.

The 90-day State of Emergency has, however, expired since November 11, amidst diverse public opinions whether to or not to extend same.

Citing the Liberian Constitution, Chapter 9, Article 86 ‘A’ and ‘B,’: “The President may, in consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, proclaim and declare the existence of a State of Emergency in the Republic or any part thereof.”

“Acting pursuant thereto, the President may suspend or affect certain rights, freedoms and guarantees contained in this Constitution and exercise such other emergency powers as may be necessary and appropriate to take care of the emergency, subject, however, to the limitations contained in this Chapter.”

“A State of Emergency may be declared only where there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or well-being of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger.”


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