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Speaker, Pro-Tempore risk removal

This paper has learnt of an alleged plot to unseat the heads of both Houses of the 53rd Liberian Legislature.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler are reportedly being battled by their respective colleagues after they expressed dissatisfaction about the respective leadership of both men and want them out of office come 2016.

Some members of the Liberian Senate, particularly those from Senator Armah Jallah’s bloc have allegedly planned to summon the Pro-Tempore upon his return to the country. They alleged that he has developed a habit of not relating to them after electing him Pro-Tempore.

A highly placed source in the Senate says if the Gbarpolu County Senator failed to show up or to respond, the bloc, which is considered as majority bloc in the Senate, will submit a resolution to Plenary, calling for his removal.

This paper also gathered that since his ascendency to the post, Pro-Tempore Jallah has allegedly failed to preside for 12 official sittings of the Senate, while others claim he spends his huge travel allowance to making personal business trips abroad.

As for House Speaker Tyler, many are saying he was elected to the post based on strong support from the governing Unity Party, but since has resigned from the UP, it was politically expedient that he relinquishes the speakership.

However, when the Media Consultant in the Office of the Senate President Pro-Tempore was contacted via mobile phone, he denied there is plot to unseat his boss, saying this was mere speculation because Pro-Tempore Jallah has not received any official communication to that effect . Moses Wenyou said every senator has a right to comment or raise such arguments but as far as the Pro-Tempore Office is concerned, there was no formal complaint yet.

When the Press and Public Affairs Director of the House of Representatives, Isaac Redd was contacted via mobile phone Tuesday afternoon, his phone rang endlessly without a response.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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