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Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood 


House To Extend Working Session By Six Weeks
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) - Majority members of the House of Representatives have voted unanimously to sustain a motion calling for the body to extend its regular session by six weeks after the legitimate date for its adjournment.

According to the timetable of the Liberian Legislature, regular session opens on the second working Monday in January and adjourns on August 31 each year.

The body reached the decision in the Joint Chambers of the Capitol Building on Tuesday after it was observed by Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood that the body needs to cut its regular break by six weeks to attend to key legislations that have been delayed.

She recommended that the body carves and signs a resolution requesting the extension in keeping with the Constitution of Liberia.

Activities at the House of Representatives in recent times have been stalled due to internal wrangling among members occasioned by calls by over 39 representatives for House Speaker Alex Tyler to recuse himself from presiding over the body.

This has led to major delays in the passage of key legislations, including the 2016/17 National Budget which, in accordance with the House's timetable, is submitted on May 1 and approved by June 30 each year.

The request for extension of regular session by the body is legitimate, based on Article 32(b) of the Constitution of Liberia which provides that the President shall on his/her own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total members of each House and by proclamation extend a regular session of the legislature beyond the date of adjournment.

When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the Constitution states that, "the proclamation shall be issued not later than 48 hours after receipt of the certificate by the president."

Meanwhile, the body is expected to carve the resolution to effect their request for extension.

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