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Sunday, February 25, 2024

LIBERIA: CRISIS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – LAWMAKERS THREATEN INAUGURATION BOYCOTT

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MONROVIA – In a stunning development, the crisis within the House of Representatives has reached new heights. Reports have surfaced suggesting that all lawmakers from the coalition for Democratic Change, as well as the independent lawmakers supporting newly elected Speaker Fonati Koffa, are now plotting to boycott the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joseph Boakai on January 22, 2024.

This boycott is contingent upon the Unity Party withdrawing the lawsuit filed against Cllr Fonati Koffa, which could potentially escalate the situation and lead to a constitutional crisis.

The political landscape has been thrown into turmoil as the divide between opposing factions within the House of Representatives widens. The coalition for Democratic Change, a significant political force, and the independent lawmakers backing Speaker Fonati Koffa are making a bold statement by threatening to abstain from attending the presidential inauguration. This move is a clear attempt to pressure the Unity Party to withdraw their lawsuit, which has become a point of contention.

If this boycott takes place, it would be an unprecedented event in Liberia’s political history. The inauguration of a newly elected president is typically a moment of unity and celebration, signifying a peaceful transfer of power. However, the current circumstances threaten to undermine this tradition and plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis.

The absence of lawmakers from the coalition for Democratic Change and independent lawmakers at the inauguration would undoubtedly cast a shadow over the legitimacy of President-elect Joseph Boakai’s presidency. It would also exacerbate the already tense political climate, potentially leading to further divisions and instability within the government.

As this crisis unfolds, all eyes are on the Unity Party and their decision regarding the lawsuit against Speaker Fonati Koffa. The resolution of this legal battle could determine the course of events and whether the boycott will materialize. The stakes are high, and the consequences of a constitutional crisis are far-reaching.

The nation eagerly awaits further updates on the ongoing crisis in the House of Representatives. The coming days will undoubtedly shape the future of Liberia’s political landscape and determine the extent of the challenges President-elect Joseph Boakai will face as he assumes office; reports.

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