21 November 2012

Liberia: 'Just a Small Family Fuss'

--Ellen Admits Disputes With House

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has admitted that there are some differences between she and members of the House of Representatives.

However, she did not state specifically those differences that exist between her office and the House of Representatives.

Notwithstanding, she termed the differences between she and the House of Representatives as "a small family fuss."

The President spoke Tuesday when she responded to questions regarding the 'strained' relationship with members of the House of Representatives.

In recent times, there has been an apparent bad blood between the President and members of the House of Representatives as a result of comments she reportedly made in the United States that she did not give huge salary and benefits to members of the legislature in the 2012/13 budget, but "they took it."

This comment infuriated members of the House thereby calling on her to retract her statement in the spirit of peace and coordination which the President is yet to do.

However, the President told journalists that she and the Legislature know they have a common objective to work together for the good of the Liberian people.

Johnson-Sirleaf: "Sometimes we differed on issues, but right now, we all are very committed to making sure that, harmony, collaboration and interaction take place in the interest of our country."

In recent times, there have been public outcries for the President and members of the House of Representatives to settle their differences in order to ensure that nothing hinders the country's development.

As a result of this, the Traditional Council of Liberia through its Chairman Chief Zanzar Kawah decided to intervene to settle the impasse.

A meeting was planned for last Friday but reportedly boycotted by the President as a result of confusion over the venue.

Information had it that the President wanted the meeting to be held at the Centennial Pavilion but this was resisted by members of the House who said any meeting of such should be held at the Capitol Building.

However, the Office of the President has since denied that she boycotted the meeting with the House.

According to the Second Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Christopher Sellee, the President was earlier informed that the meeting would be held at the Centennial Pavilion.

Information Minister Lewis Brown Monday disclosed that the President is prepared and willing to meet with the House at the Capitol, but did not say when.

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