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Patriotic Entrepreneur relaxes strike on condition as Prez. intervenes

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Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia  Chairman, Presley Tenwah(R) in an interview with elbconline's Jos Garneo Cephas
Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia Chairman, Presley Tenwah(R) in an interview with elbconline's Jos Garneo Cephas

MONROVIA-The Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) has called off temporarily its strike action across Monrovia and its environs.

PATEL Chairman, Presley Tenwah, said “We call on all businesses operating across the country to resume full commercial activities as of Thursday, February 2, 2017 until otherwise.”

The PATEL Chairman in an interview with ELBC Thursday morning congratulated the entire business community for massively supporting the national fight for economic freedom.

Mr. Tenwah said: “The action to halt the three days strike is as a result of appeal made to us, the business community by government promising to find solution in resolving the economic impasse.”

Chairman Tenwah stressed that they are relaxing the on-going strike to give government time in finding lasting solution and however, cautioned that they could resume the strike action if there were no fruitful results from the discussions.

Meanwhile, the action of PATEL has prompted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to call the Cabinet and Economic Management Team to a meeting Thursday, February 2, 2017 to address concerns raised by the business community in Liberia.

The Liberian leader, made the disclosure in a brief statement to journalists upon arrival on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Roberts International Airport from the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.

President Sirleaf expressed concern over the protest by some members of the business community, but said: ”Some of those involved with the protest are part of the problems, and some of those business people who closed their shops in protest were engaged in hoarding.”

The protest demanding redress to the hike in the Liberian to US dollars exchange rate and resultant hardship in the country is in its second day with several businesses closed in Monrovia.

 


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