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Information Ministry defends Prez Sirleafs decision

Patrick Flomo
Information Minister, Lewis Brown
Information Minister, Lewis Brown

( 12, 2014)-The Information Ministry has strongly defended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Executive Order Number 65.

Executive Order Number 65 bans political campaigns, mass gatherings and parades only in Monrovia and environs.
Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, said: “President Johnson-Sirleaf’s decision to issue the order was justified.”

“She derives her power from Article 50 of the Liberian Constitution.”

Deputy Minister Jackson spoke Tuesday, December 9, 2014 when he addressed journalists at the Information Ministry’s regular daily Ebola press briefing in Monrovia.

The Information Ministry official said: “Mass gathering and demonstrations impede economic activities and free movement of other peaceful citizens.”

He said: “Political campaign rallies also threaten to reverse the hard-earned gains from the sacrifices of blood, lives and resources of Liberian medical practitioners, and of the Government and partners.”

Deputy Minister Jackson said as the head of the Liberian Government, President Johnson-Sirleaf could not trade individual political ambition above the collective safety and good of Liberia, and the Mano River Region.

Article 50 of the Liberian Constitution gives the President of Liberia an Executive Power as Head of State, Head of Government, and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).


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