27 February 2013

Liberia: U.S. Envoy Stresses Importance of Check & Balance of Power in Gov't

United States Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, has stressed the importance of the check and balance of power in government. She said the check and balance system in every democratic form of government is very important, even though such check and balance system will inevitably create disagreement among the branches of government. She made these comments on Tuesday February 26, 2013 during a brief interview with Legislative Reporters at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

The Capitol Building is the seat of the Liberian Legislature. The US envoy yesterday paid a visit to the Capitol Building where she held talks with the Speaker of the House of Representatives J. Alex Tyler on several national issues, including the ongoing saga between the House and suspended Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan and acting Monrovia City Major Mary Broh.

Said Amb. Malac: "It was an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit. We talked about wide range of issues, including assistance that we have been providing to the Legislative Branch to build their own capacity as an institution. We preferred not to go into the details of that, but we also talked about some of the legislations that are on the legislative agenda for this session."

Amb. Malac indicated that the talks also bordered on some of the constitutional issues and what is transpiring between them (lawmakers) and the suspended government officials. She pointed out that this is an issue that the court, the lawyers, the legislature and the executive need to work out. However, she said it is up to the Liberian government and people to decide how to handle the issues on ground, adding the US Government has not taken any position on the issue.

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