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Piah Fires Back At Embattled House Speaker Tyler
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 Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek  Piah


Piah Fires Back At Embattled House Speaker Tyler
By Decontee M. Wesseh

MONROVIA, August 18 (LINA) - Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek  Piah has described as “false and misleading” the claim by House Speaker Alex Tyler that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf used monetary influence to induce some members of the House of Representatives to remove him from his post.

On Tuesday, Speaker Tyler convened a press conference at the Capitol Building during which he claimed that President Sirleaf was the mastermind behind efforts to remove him as Speaker by offering an undisclosed amount of money to some members of the House of Representatives.

Piah told a local radio talk show in Monrovia that at no time, whether directly or indirectly, was the president involved in the on-going saga in the divided House of Representatives over the recusal of Tyler who was indicted by Criminal Court “C” in May for his alleged complicity in a bribery scandal.

According to Piah, President Sirleaf’ is aware of the principle of separation of powers in government in conformity with the Constitution, and such, will in no way want to influence the decision of members of the other two branches.

“The Anti-Tyler bloc was acting on its own moral thinking about the Speaker’s indictment,” Piah noted, maintaining that the accusation “is only intended to disrupt the work of the Executive Mansion as well as tarnish the reputation of the president.

He continued: “This is the same president that the Speaker (once) boasted has never and can never give money to members of the House to remove Representative (Edwin) Snowe who was then speaker of the House and that is why it is impossible for us to believe now his accusation against the president.”

He then cautioned Liberians not to give credence to those calling themselves “Pro-Tyler lawmakers” who are spreading the notion that President Sirleaf is the mastermind behind efforts to have Tyler recused from presiding over plenary .

Piah indicated that the lawmakers’ efforts to have Tyler recuse himself “should not be linked to innocent people” because, according to him, “the issue is about morality and it portrays a negative image of the country to the global community.”


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