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Supreme Court places Stay Order on Executive Order # 65

Jos Garneo Cephas
Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Liberia
Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Liberia

The Supreme Court of Liberia has placed a stay order on Executive Order Number 65 issued by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently.

The Court’s stay order was confirmed by Information Minister, Lewis G. Brown in a press statement Sunday, December7, 2014.

According to him, the action of the Supreme Court will remain enforced until the court can rule into a law suit filed against Government by Montserrado County Independent Senatorial Candidate, Robert Allen Sirleaf.

Prior to his lawsuit, Mr. Sirleaf described the Executive Order as a Constitutional violation and has a discriminatory intent..

Executive Order Number 65 issued by President Sirleaf Wednesday, December 3, 2014, bans all political rallies, demonstrations and parades during and 30 days after election results in (Monrovia and its environs.

This is the second stay order to be issued by the Supreme Court in less than one month; the first was a stay order placed on the Special Senatorial Election recently based on a complaint filed against the process by 12 political parties and eminent citizens.

Meanwhile, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has cancelled its planned Monday’s demonstration to present a petition to law makers at Capitol Building.

At a press conference Sunday, December 7, 2014, CDC Deputy Secretary General, Samora Wolokollie, said: “We will obey the stay order because of the intervention of the Supreme Court into the matter.”



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