7 September 2012

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Welcomes Chief Justice's Early Retirement

President Sirleaf has accepted Chief Justice Johnny Lewis’ communication expressing a desire to quit the job for medical attention.

In a nationwide statement, President Sirleaf said: “I want you to know that I have today advised the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate that I have accepted the request of the Chief Justice, His Honor Johnnie N. Lewis, by his letter to me dated August 28, 2012, for early retirement from the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia. This request is predicated upon the need for him to seek medical attention.”

The President said the Chief Justice is expected to leave the country this weekend, as his early retirement becomes effective Monday, September 10, 2012.

“I know that all Liberians join me in wishing the Chief Justice full recovery to enable him to return home and continue to serve his country in other capacities,” the President said.

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