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Cllr. Verdier wants Liberians respect, uphold Constitution

By Jonathan Grigsby
Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Jerome Verdier
Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Jerome Verdier

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Sept.23/2013)-A legal practitioner is cautioning Liberians to respect and uphold the Constitution of Liberia.   

The Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr. Jerome Verdier, warned Liberians against the abuse of what he called open participation in the new democratic dispensation of Liberia.

Cllr. Verdier said: “Democracy can take different forms, but it is the responsibility of the people to adapt themselves to an acceptable structure of the society to which they belong.”

“When governance is influenced by the impulses of the people in leadership and grossly ignored the participation of the governed, it cannot be rational.” He noted.

According to him, the recipe for effective governance is tolerance characterized by the respect for human dignity and the rule of law as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution. 

Cllr. Verdier also described Liberia’s democracy as fragile, stressing:”There was a need for Liberians to strive toward the building of a strong and sustained democracy.”

Also speaking, Deputy Information Minister, Norris Tweh, said Liberia has become a glaring example of emerging democracies around the world as evidenced by the holding of two successful elections.

Minister Tweh, however, admitted that there are bad provisions in the Liberian Constitution, as the Unity Party- led Government is committed to repealing the provisions incompatible the laws of Liberia.

Cllr. Verdier and Deputy Minister Tweh spoke Friday, September 20, 2013 in observance of AU Democracy Day in Monrovia.

The occasion was organized under the auspices of the Center for Democracy and Development in West Africa based in Nigeria, in partnership with the Center for Media Studies and Peace-Building.

 


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