22 November 2012

Liberia: President Sirleaf Smokes Peace Pipe With House

After series of disagreements and bitter exchanges between the Executive and members of the House of Representatives, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Wednesday at about 12:10 noon eventually visited members of the august body in a spirit of reconciliation.

President Sirleaf accompanied by some of her officials in the Executive, including Information Minister Lewis Brown and chief lobbyist James Davis, spent nearly two hours behind doors, discussing issues ranging from the oil saga involving some members of the House and officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and the statement made in the United States against the lawmakers.

Following the round table discussion, both President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and House Speaker Alex Tyler refused to speak to the press on the outcome. But an Information Ministry's press release issued last night, indicated that the meeting focused on the dedication and commitment of the presidency and the leadership of the lower House in driving specific issues of interest to the nation.

The release further said that Speaker Tyler renewed the commitment of the House of Representatives toward complimenting Liberia's development and reconstruction effort.

It added that both President Sirleaf and the leadership of the House remained committed to renewing their continued cooperation and coordination across the government to improve the general wellbeing of Liberians.

The release said President Sirleaf in response pledged to continue to work with the first of branch of government to achieve Liberia's shared vision of lifting every Liberian, while ensuring economic opportunities, and improving delivery of basic social services to the people.

Last week, mediation efforts by the National Traditional Council Chairman, Chief Zanzan Karwor failed to take place due to reported failure by the two parties to accept a venue recommended by President Sirleaf.

The President is said to have recommended that the meeting be held at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street in Monrovia but the request was turned down by members of the House, who rather insisted that they meet at the Capitol, the official seat of the Legislature.

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