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Pres. Sirleaf vetoes Legislature’s Financial Autonomy Act

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Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’ has vetoed an Act, seeking to grant financial Autonomy status to the National Legislature.

In a four-count communication to the National Legislature, President Johnson-Sirleaf named the lack of established financial management control system to show financial managerial accountability as one of the reasons for the rejection of the Act.

According to the communication, other reasons that necessitated the vetoing of the Act include, the lack of proper system to scrutinize financial management system, and the immunities being enjoyed by the Legislature in terms of periodic funds.

Article thirty-five of the Liberian Constitution gives the President the right to veto bills from the Legislature. However, the veto can be overridden by a vote of two-thirds of the members of each House.

Following the reading of the President’s communication, Plenary mandated its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Judiciary to investigate and report back Thursday.



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