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Third Regular Session of the 53rd National Legislature Extended By One Week
Monrovia, Monday, December 15, 2014: The Third Regular Session of the 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia has been extended for an additional one (1) week beginning on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and ending on Friday, December 19, 2014.
The one-week extension of the legislative session was effected through a Proclamation issued by the President of Liberia, H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to a Foreign Ministry Release, the Presidential Proclamation was issued upon receipt today by the President of a certificate signed by more than one-fourth (the Constitutional minimum) of the total membership of each House of the National Legislature in line with Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution.
Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution requires that "when the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature (as is the case in this situation), the Proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President."
Liberia court rejects petition to halt Senate vote over Ebola
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Supreme Court on Saturday ruled that Senate elections in the West African nation should go ahead, rejecting a petition to suspend the vote until an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is brought under control.
The country's highest court suspended campaigning for the planned Dec. 16 vote last month while it considered the petition from a group that included some former government officials and political party representatives. Full story...
Applauding Government amid the Signing cum Sealing of the Deal for the Construction of the Ganta – Yekepa Road
The Government of Liberia under the Presidency of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again come to fulfill as promised to the people. Surely, the government had given its word that it would build roads, schools, hospitals, restore electricity and revamp social services across the nation. Those promises were incensed by the obtaining challenges after the most difficult moment in our country’s history.
True to fulfilling its commitment to the people, the government embarked on an aggressive infrastructure development sojourn to meet the demands of the population. The time had indeed come to keep the promise and no stone was left unturned to achieve what had become a social contract between the government and the citizens. Full story...
Pulitzer-winning photojournalist dies in Liberia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.
Liberian president: Help needed to stamp out Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberia is making progress against Ebola but stamping out the final cases so the epidemic doesn't flare up again will be difficult, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday.
Guest Commentary in Defense of The President’s Executive Order No. 65
By: The Department of Public Affairs – Executive Mansion
The Beauty of our democratic system enables the free, fair, open and frank exchange of ideas that either favor or go against the government of the day. Lest we forget that the government duly elected by the people through a democratic process owes it to all and sundry in order to safeguard the public trust, we are doomed. As a people we cannot think of surviving the doomsday prophesy because it is not a recipe of national unity and renewal.
Evidently, many of the critics have begun to misread the intent and purposes of Executive Order No 65 without looking at the bigger picture. The bigger picture; we must all understand engrosses our totality as one people and one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Full story...
IFC Supports GT Bank Liberia to Boost Liquidity and Trade in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia. December 8, 2014 - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an agreement with GT Bank Liberia to provide a US$7.5 million liquidity facility. The facility will support the importation of basic goods, including energy, food and agricultural commodities, and other manufacturing goods that will help strengthen the economy following the Ebola crisis.
The Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility is a rapid response facility that combines working capital and trade support, to provide US dollar liquidity that will finance import of basic goods in Liberia. This IFC initiative is part of the World Bank Group's broad effort to provide support during the Ebola epidemic and prepare for economic recovery in the countries most affected by the crisis. Full story...
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity recognizes V.P. Boakai and John T. Woods contributions
The charity group Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has bestowed honors on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and University of Liberia’s Forestry and Agriculture Department chairman, John T. Woods for their contributions to building the Liberian society.
This honor of recognition was carried out on December 4, 2014 at the Monrovia City Hall during celebration of the organization’s 108 years of existence. Full story...
Liberia court lifts order suspending election campaign due to Ebola
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Supreme Court on Sunday lifted a government order suspending campaigning in and around the capital for next week's Senate election imposed on the grounds that electioneering risks spreading the Ebola virus. Liberia is the country hardest hit by the epidemic and has recorded more than 3,000 deaths out of a total from Liberia, Sierra Leone. Full Story...
News Flash: Senate rejects Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell confirmation as the new Minister of Education, based on her US citizenship.
President Sirleaf Accepts the Request of Minister of Education-designate To Withdraw Her Nomination
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, December 5, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the request of Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell to withdraw her nomination for the position of Minister of Education.
In a Special Address to the Nation on Sunday, November 16, the Liberian President nominated Dr. Davis-Russell as Minister of Education-designate pending confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate.
According to an Executive Mansion release, in her letter to the Liberian leader dated Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Dr. Davis-Russell cited her United States of America citizenship as an obstacle to her ability to serve effectively in the position.
Moreover, she expressed concern that her abrupt departure from the William V.S. Tubman University without a planned succession has already invoked a process that could undermine the quality of instruction and the reputation that she has engendered at Tubman University over the last two years.
Dr. Davis-Russell was appointed President of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology (now William V.S. Tubman University) in October 2007. She assumed leadership of the institution in July 2008.
Meanwhile, Dr. Davis-Russell has consented to serve as Chair of the Education Advisory Council.
President Sirleaf Issues Executive Order No. 65; Prohibits Mass Movements of People Including Rallies, Parades and Demonstrations
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Thursday, December 4, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued Executive Order No. 65 ordering all concerted mass movements of people on the streets of Monrovia during the ensuing special elections, including in particular rallies, demonstrations and parades prohibited and for 30 days after the announcement of election results. Full story...
President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, December 2, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.
Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include: Full story...