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House Removes Tyler As Speaker
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House Removes Tyler As Speaker
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, September 27 (LINA) - Plenary of the House of Representatives has adopted a resolution signed by 49 members calling for the removal of House Speaker Alex Tyler.

The resolution to remove Tyler was surprisingly signed by Montserrado County Representatives Solomon George and Saah Joseph as well as Garrison Yealue
of Nimba County.

The three lawmakers, who were all present in session on Tuesday during the adoption of the resolution, have over the past months pledged their loyalty to Tyler on grounds that they were upholding the deity of constitutionality.

But in the resolution, the lawmakers contended that the decision to remove Tyler is predicated upon the backdrop that he is faced with a criminal indictment occasioned by his alleged involvement in acts of bribery unveiled by a Global Witness report released in May this year.

According to the resolution, the Speaker’s removal is also a result of his alleged violation of the rules and ethics of the House by disrespecting its members, thereby bringing the body into disrepute.

It says the resolution to unseat Tyler was informed by the House Committee on Rules, Order and Administration following its report to the body to investigate several complaints filed by two members of the House against Tyler.

The resolution states that the decision by the signees is backed by Article 49 of the Liberian Constitution as well as Rule 9.1 of the House Standing Rules, which calls for a two-thirds majority to effect the removal for a cause, of the Speaker and other members of the House leadership.

Earlier, the Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, having conducted an investigation into complaints filed by two members of the House against Tyler, ruled that the Speaker be removed from his post.

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