The New Dawn (Monrovia)

15 November 2012

Liberia: Maryland Caucus Chair Quits - Accuses Ballout

The Chairperson of the Maryland County Legislative Caucus Rev. Dr. Isaac Roland has reportedly his post, citing undermining. In a communication to this paper via social media or Facebook, the spokesperson in the House of Representatives Isaac Garyezon Redd quotes the outgoing Maryland Caucus Chair as accusing his Co-chair Senator John Ballout of refusing to recognize his chairmanship.

Addressing a press conference in his Room 41 office at the Capitol on Wednesday, Mr. Redd said Representative Roland relinquished the post in the spirit of peace.

"As a religiously guided person, I believe this decision is not a [sign] of weakness, but rather it strengthens my quest for peace and nation building," Redd quotes Representative Roland as saying.

The district # 13 Representative said his resignation will afford him adequate time to focus on the work of the district in Maryland, which he represents, and the Christian Lawmakers Fellowship he founded at the Capitol.

Representative Roland was elected to chair the Maryland Legislative Caucus on September 26, 2012 by his colleagues with Senator John Ballout as his co-chair. But in his resignation statement, he is quoted as anticipating a bigger platform, thus, he "will not allow confusion to eat up his dream."

The statement however said the "Methodist Prelate promised to work with Sen. John Ballout who ascends to the position as Chairman upon his resignation."

Rep. Roland currently chairs the Christian Lawmakers Fellowship, which was inaugurated in June. The Maryland Legislative Caucus comprised of five members both from the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives.

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