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Pres. Sirleaf receives resignations from five Senatorial Aspirants

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the resignation letters of three Superintendents and two Ministers who have been qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to participate in the forthcoming Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for later this year.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the resignations are consistent with a policy pronouncement by the Liberian President requesting all members of the Executive qualified by the NEC to participate in the upcoming senatorial election to resign their posts.

Those who resigned their posts are Superintendents J. Milton Teahjay of Sinoe County, Daniel G. Johnson of River Gee County and Wellington Geevon Smith of Rivercess County as well as Mr. Conmany Wesseh, Minister of State Without Portfolio and Mr. Ranney Jackson, Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Internal Affairs.

President Sirleaf praised the officials for adhering to the directive to resign and wished them well in their future endeavors. She called on others in the same category to follow their example or face dismissal. The Liberian leader’s pronouncement has laid the basis to ensure that public offices and resources are not used to influence the outcomes of electoral processes.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of the National Legislature have held a meeting to discuss latest developments in the fight against the Ebola virus disease in the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the meeting, which was held Tuesday, November 4, in the Foreign Ministry’s C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium, and also attended by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai received briefing on the Ebola epidemic from the head of the Incidence Management System, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah.

Mr. Nyenswah, who is also Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, reported lowering cases of Ebola infections in the country, but cautioned against complacency in observing preventive measures. He reiterated that “one infected person or dead body can trigger a chain of transmission that could contaminate an entire community.”

Minister Nyenswah thanked the government, partners and health workers for their leadership and efforts which are now yielding positive results. During the meeting, President Sirleaf and the leadership of both Houses of the National Legislature resolved to further their consultations with various stakeholders, including international partners, to address the continued existence of the State of Emergency which expires on November 12, 2014.

The Liberian leader commended international partners, health workers and all Liberians for their contributions to the ongoing fight to eradicate the Ebola disease from the country.

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