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Divided House Holds Separate Sessions
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Divided House Holds Separate Sessions
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, August 11 (LINA) - The ongoing controversy among legislators of the House of Representatives reached its peak Thursday with members of the House convening two separate sessions.

House Speaker Alex Tyler maintained his gavel and presided over one session in the regular chamber where a roll call showed that the body obtained a quorum
with a total of 34 lawmakers present while three were distant representations, making a total of 37 lawmakers.

On the other hand, lawmakers calling on Tyler to step aside converged in the Joint Chamber of the Capitol, and convened with the attendance record showing that a total of 34 lawmakers were present and four were distant, thereby summing up to a total of 38 lawmakers.

The sum of the two separate houses is 75, two more than the total number of representatives from the 73 electoral districts of Liberia.

In the chamber of the lower house, Tyler conducted the order of business without interference, having conducted an elaborate public hearing involving Public Works Minister Gyude Moore.

However, on the other side of the divide, Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue, having called the session to order, and following a motion on the way forward by Bong County Representative George Mulbah, demanded the presence of the Chief Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms and other chamber staff.

Montserrado County Representative Henry Fahnbulleh was instructed to invite the requested staff, but he returned with none of them as could not be located, while the Chief Clerk was in office but could not come as a result of illness.

A decision was however reached by the body to select two staff among workers in the House of Representatives to serve as support staff to the body.

Meanwhile, the body has adopted another resolution signed by 40 lawmakers ordering House Speaker Tyler’s recusal, the legitimacy of which act will be tested next week Tuesday.

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