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Pres. Sirleaf Writes Majority House Members
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, August 18 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the majority members of the House of Representatives that she will honor and respect every lawful and constitutional act of the lower House.
President Sirleaf, in a communication addressed to Deputy Speaker and Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, on Thursday, acknowledged receipt of a communication bearing an attached resolution signed by majority members of the House.
The communication from the Liberian leader comes amidst ongoing leadership struggle at the House of Representatives where 40 members of the body adopted a resolution declaring House Speaker Alex Tyler "recused" as a result of a criminal indictment growing out of allegations of bribery contained in a recent Global Witness report.
The communication read in the Joint Chambers of the Capitol where the majority members have convened for the third successive session since the fracas at the House, also acknowledged the installation by the body of Deputy Speaker Barchue as Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives.
President Sirleaf reminded the body that programs under Liberia's Agenda for Transformation and several long-standing draft legislations which are cardinal to the nation's development, have been stalled by activities of the lower House over the last few weeks.
She also named the nation's annual budget as one of those key instruments being affected as a result of ongoing activities at the legislature, adding, "These have also led to little progress on the 2016/2017 annual budget."
President Sirleaf hoped that a constitutionally organized majority will properly and swiftly attend to these matters as the Executive stands ready to cooperate with the body.