Legislature Commences Special Sitting
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, November 8 (LINA) - The National Legislature Tuesday started an extraordinary session to act on matters of national concern as requested by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a recent proclamation.
The session, according to the presidential proclamation, is expected to run for one month, beginning November 8 to December 8.
The issues of national concern are not yet known, but both Houses of the Legislature held extensive executive sessions following which they adjoined the day's activities.
Sources told the Liberia News Agency that the Legislature is expected to receive a subsequent communication from President Sirleaf in which a full catalogue of important matters to be discussed by the body will be clearly spelt out.
Article 32(b) of the Liberian Constitution gives the President of Liberia the authority to extend a regular session of the Legislature or call a special or extraordinary session of the body to discuss and act upon matters of national emergency or concerns by the issuance of a proclamation calling members of the body to duty.
Regular session of the Legislature, in accordance with Article 32(b), can also be extended by the President based on a proclamation upon receipt of a certificate duly signed by one-fourth members of each House of the Legislature.
It can be recalled that the 5th Regular Session of the 53th Legislature adjoined on August 31, but was extended for a period of one month following a proclamation occasioned by the presentation of a certificate endorsed by one-fourth members of the Legislature.
The extension, as requested by the Legislature, was a result of a protracted leadership crisis which stalled normal working activities at the House of Representatives, and led to a subsequent change of leadership in which Margibi County Representative, Emmanuel Nuquay succeeded Alex Tyler of Bomi County as House Speaker.