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President Sirleaf urges lawmakers to reconsider action

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is admonishing members of the Legislature to avoid taken action that might create tensions in the society.

President Sirleaf said: “Liberia is going through a critical period which requires everyone to work together instead of sparking situations that would bring about difficulties.”

The President’s comments were in reaction to the ongoing impeachment attempts against three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

She said: “I am hopeful the lawmakers would reconsider their action and seek amicable solutions to the matter.”

She told reporters upon return from South Africa at the Roberts International Airport over the weekend that the Justice Ministry was intervening into the matter.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has dismissed claims that the Committee is creating confusion and proceeding wrongly in its impeachment attempts.

Representative Worlea Saywah Dunah said the Committee was acting on a petition in line with Article 43 of the Liberian Constitution.

Representative Dunah said:” After receiving a petition from five lawmakers, the Committee has received a mandate from Plenary to ascertain whether the petitioners’ claims are legitimate.”

He clarified that the Committee’s invitation to the three Associate Justices in question is part of efforts to accord them due process.

He said: “It is unfortunate that the ongoing proceedings are misinterpreted by many in the public.”

The proceeding by the Lower House has since been receiving condemnation, with the latest from Cllr.Syrenius Cephas, one of the petitioners who prayed the Supreme Court to place a prohibition on the proceedings.

Cllr. Cephas said though the lawmakers had the right to initiate impeachment proceedings, the reason for which they were initiating such proceedings was unconstitutional.

 


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