23 November 2012

Liberia: Ellen, House Resolve 'Bitterness' in Secret

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and members of the House of Representatives have finally resolved their prolonged differences following the intervention of the Traditional Council of Liberia and public outcries behind closed doors.

President Johnson-Sirleaf went at the Capitol Wednesday in demand to request by the Representatives who have been insisting they will not hold discussion with the President outside the seat of the Legislature.

The President reportedly suggested that the dialogue be held at the Centennial Pavilion, but the Representatives rejected the request, emphasizing that any meeting of such should be held on the grounds of the Capitol.

The 'bitterness' between the Liberian Chief Executive and the Legislature followed her comments made in the United States in which she claimed that the lawmakers were allotting budget without her input; the statement which infuriated members of the House.

Last Friday, a meeting was scheduled at the Capitol but President Sirleaf failed to attend.

Although the meeting was held in secret, but a source told this paper that President Sirleaf confirmed she made the statement in the United States.

Following the meeting, the Ministry of Information issued a press release indicating that the Leadership of the House and President Sirleaf reaffirmed their commitment to moving Liberia's agenda of transformation forward.

The MICAT release quotes Information Minster Lewis Brown as saying the meeting focused on the commitment of the Presidency and the Leadership of the House of Representatives aimed at driving the interest of the country.

Speaker Alex Tyler told President Sirleaf that the House remains committed to continued cooperation in government as a way of improving the wellbeing of Liberians, the release said.

In response, President Sirleaf promised to work with the first branch of government to achieve Liberia's vision of ensuring economic opportunities and improving the delivery of basic social services to the people.

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