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Senate begins debate on Sherman’s recusal status

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Senate's Plenary
Senate's Plenary

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian Senate has begun debating whether or not Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Varney Sherman, should recuse himself as chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.

Some Senators, including Albert Chie, Nyonblee Kargar- Lawrence, Dan Morais, Henry Yallah, among others, said it was prudent for Senator Sherman to recuse himself to protect his integrity.

They said, though the issue of recusal is voluntary and since Senator Sherman’s indictment is bordered on morality, it is important for him to make such decision.

Other Senators, including Francis Paye, Sando Johnson, Oscar Cooper, Alphonso Gaye, Jewel Howard-Taylor, Morris Saytumah, among others, pledged to uphold the constitution by supporting Senator Sherman’s chairmanship.

They noted that indictment is not a form of guilt, and as such, they will not encourage Senator Sherman to rescue himself.

The debate was triggered Friday, September 2, 2016 by a communication from Senator Sherman asking Senate Plenary to make a clear-cut decision on whether, or not, they have confidence in him to chair the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Our reporter said, the senate is already divided with fourteen senators signing a resolution asking Senator Sherman to rescue himself, while twelve others have signed a resolution retaining the Grand Mount County Senator in his position.



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