MEMBERS OF THE 53rd Liberian Legislature are back on Capitol Hill in response to a request by the President of Liberia to cut short their Legislative break and return to session for a period of one month, commencing November 8, 2016.
THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION to recall members of both the Senate and the House is keeping with Article 32(b) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, which gives her the authority. GIVEN THIS PROVISION the Liberian leader can, on his/her own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least One-Fourth of the total membership of each House and by proclamation, to extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date of adjournment or call a special extraordinary session to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern.
IN CONSONANCE WITH the foregoing and whether such extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the Proclamations shall be issued in no less than 48-hours following receipt of the certificate by the President of Liberia.
NOW THAT THE Senators and Representatives had since returned on Tuesday, November 8 as per the President’s request, they must be reminded that such a return is constitutionally extraordinary to the general interest of the nation at this time and must not be characterized by normal political “pomp and pageantry” wherein the people’s interest are given far less consideration.
NOW WITH A new Speaker and renewed political hope in the Legislature, expectations are that Members of the Legislature will exhibit the highest degree of patriotism and responsibility in handling whatever “matters of national emergency or concern” for which they had been recalled by the Liberian Chief Executive.
THIS WOULD REQUIRE the expeditious perusal and analysis of the current agenda abide and its impact(s) on the socio-economic and political well-being of Liberia and its people. LET THE LEGISLATORS be reminded that whatever decision they make during this extraordinary assembly as requested by the President will go a long way in determining their future political relationships with their respective constituents – whether in the 2017general elections or beyond.
THEY ARE URGED to think Liberia first; their respective constituents because they’ve got them on Capitol Hill and then their own political future, as they discuss and make decision(s) on the “matters of national emergency and concern” for which they had be requested to return to session.