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Aggrieved Women Block Capitol Over House Crisis

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, September 1 (LINA) - All entrances leading to the Capitol Building, seat of the National Legislature, were Thursday barricaded for hours as a result of a sit-in action by a group of women under the banner of Women in Peace-building Network (WIPNET).

The women, who gathered in the compound of the Capitol Building prior to sealing the gates, said their action was intended to compel members of the National Legislature, particularly the House of Representatives, to bring the then leadership crisis to an end.

Sitting on the ground with their legs running parallel, the women contended that the crisis had the propensity to hamper not only legislative functions, but the
operations of the entire government.

They cited the 2016-2017 National Budget, which has been languishing in the corridors of the Legislature, as one of those essential documents that are key to the functioning of the state.

Chanting slogans of peace, the women disallowed the movement of pedestrians, and official vehicles of lawmakers and others attempting to enter the compound of the Capitol.

The sit-in action by the women was called off minutes after House Speaker Alex Tyler addressed a press conference where he declared himself recused from presiding over the House of Representatives as a means remedying the crisis.

It can be recalled that a group of women dressed in official WIPNET t-shirts on Tuesday flooded the rotunda of the Capitol Building and engaged in symbolic wailing to express their dissatisfaction over the ongoing crisis at the House of Representatives.

The crisis was sparked by the criminal indictment of Speaker Tyler over his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal reported by Global Witness purportedly with other past and present government officials in the amount of US$950,000 offered by the UK-based Sable Mining Company.

A majority bloc of the House then asked Tyler to recuse himself from presiding over plenary until he clears himself of the charges, but Tyler refused, sparking the two-month-old crisis.      



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