The NEWS (Monrovia)

21 November 2012

Liberia: MICAT Explains Ellen's Comments

.....Against Legislature

The Ministry of Information has provided clarity on recent comments made by President Ellen Johnson against the Legislature during her visit to the United States last September.

Information Minister Lewis Brown clarified that President Johnson-Sirleaf did not intend to ridicule the Legislative Branch of the government as perceived in some quarters.

A release quotes Minister Brown as saying that the comments by President Sirleaf during her address to the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States were in response to a question on why she gave the Legislature such benefits and salaries.

Minister Brown disclosed that President Sirleaf the Council on Foreign Relations that the Liberian Legislature exercised its constitutional authority to appropriate salaries and benefits.

The Information Boss further clarified that the President sought to explain to her audience that similar to the governance structures of major democracies, the Legislative Branch of Liberia is clothed with the authority to appropriate national expenditure.

Minister Brown reminded Liberians that the national agenda of transformation can only be achieved through the combined efforts of the three branches of government working in harmony.

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