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Rep. Dopoh wants SOE revoked

River Gee County district #3 Representative Francis Dopoh is calling on President George M. Weah to revoke the State of Emergency because it has passed the deadline set by the Constitution to be approved by the 54th Legislature.

According to him, the Constitution of Liberia should take its course because the execution of the SOE is purely constitutional and Article 88 is very clear that upon the declaration of the State of Emergency, the President has seven days to submit same to the Legislature.

Article 88 of the 1986 Constitution states that the President shall, immediately upon the declaration of a State of Emergency not later than seven days thereafter lay before the Legislature at its regular session or at a specially convened session the facts and circumstances leading to such declaration.

President George M. Weah on June 22, extended the State of Emergency by an additionally 30 days stop the spread of the Corona virus in the country.

The President last Tuesday submitted the document to the Legislature for approval or rejection, which was never done by the Legislature within the 72hrs. Rep. Dopoh explained that within the 72hrs, if the two-third vote is not obtained by both Houses, the State of Emergency is automatically revoked.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday at his residence in Brewerville City, Montserrado County, he said the President has seven days to lay the SOE before the Legislature and the Legislature has 72hrs to approve it. According to him, he is going to the Supreme Court to seek declaratory judgment against the Executive the government continues in such form and manner.

By Bridgett Milton

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