3 March 2006

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Commissions Chief Justice, Associate

Justices President Ellen Johnson will today commission the Chief Justice and three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia at Executive Mansion, a release under the signature of Press Secretary Spencer Brown said.

Those to be commissioned are Cllr. Johnnie Lewis, Chief Justice; Cllr. Francis Korkpor, Associate Justice; Cllr. Emmanuel Wureh, Associate Justice, and Gladys Johnson, Associate Justice, all of whom were confirmed by the Liberian senate yesterday.

In another development, President Sirleaf leaves the country today for an official visit to Abuja, Nigeria, during which she will deliver the Keynote Address as Special Guest of the Eighth National Program of Commemoration of Major-General Shehu Musa Yar'adua.

Other world leaders who have addressed this forum include former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhuto and President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.

The release said the President Sirleaf will subsequently depart for Brussels, Belgium, where she will hold discussions with officials of the European Union, and then move on to Switzerland, where she will hold bilateral talks with officials of that country.

The Liberian leader will then proceed to France on an official visit. While in France, she will address a forum organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in commemoration of International Women's Day at the invitation of the Director General of UNESCO.

She will also hold talks with and be a dinner guest of President Jacques Chirac, the release concluded.

At the same time, the president has made appointments in government. Those nominated at the Ministry of Public Works are Ambrose Wureh, Technical Assistant to the Minister, Stephen Neufville, Deputy Minister for Administration, Napoleon Chattah, Assistant Minister for Operations and Mark Wilson, Assistant Minister for Design & Supervision.

Others are Moses Mapleh, Assistant Minister for Construction, Jackie Bruce, Assistant Minister for Planning & Programming, John Gbalah, Assistant Minister for Administration and Albert Nimely, Assistant Minister for Rural Roads, among many others.

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