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UP Supports Leadership Change In House of Representatives
By Joseph Toe
MONROVIA, August 18 (LINA) -The governing Unity Party (UP) has taken a position in the on-going leadership saga at the House of Representatives, stating that it supports a leadership change in the lower House.
It will be recalled that on Thursday, August 11, members of the House of Representatives signed a resolution to recuse House Speaker Alex Tyler from presiding over plenary due to a Criminal Court “C” indictment for his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal.
In a statement under the signatures of UP National Chairman Wilmot Paye and Secretary-General L. Eugene Nagbe, the party said its position is predicated upon the fact that the Speaker has “lost legitimacy, the confidence of his colleagues, and the public trust.”
The statement issued Wednesday indicated that the party’s position is also based on several rounds of consultations with national stakeholders, party executives and the UP leadership in the House of Representatives.
The statement noted that unlike positions taken by other political parties which were motivated largely by sentiments and other narrow considerations, UP recognizes that precious valuable time and resources are being wasted and/or misguided while critical governance issues are left unattended.
“With such irrefutable loss of confidence in the leadership of the Speaker by his fellow members, we have no iota of doubt that a new leadership will work and restore public confidence and thereby normalize legislative functions,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the party leadership mandates all its members of the House of Representatives to place the national interest above individual, sectional and bloc interest by adhering to the tenets of democratic governance and support the party’s position.
The party recognized that the situation in the House of Representatives is undermining the implementation of the national development agenda of the country with about 16 months left before the end of this tenure.
The statement pointed out that the continuous bickering also has negative implications for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections and the propensity to undermine national stability.