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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

LIBERIA: NEW SENATE PRO-TEMP CHALLENGES US SANCTIONS, APPOINTS SANCTIONED OFFICIALS TO TOP COMMITTEE POSTS

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MONROVIA – In a surprising move, the newly elected Senate Pro-tempore, Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County, has openly defied US sanctions by naming officials who are currently under US Treasury Department sanctions to top posts on Senate committees.

The controversial appointments include Prince Y. Johnson, Nathaniel McGill, Albert Chie, Emmanuel Nuquay, and Bill Twehway. They are sanctioned by the US for corruption and human rights violations.

The decision by Senator Karngar-Lawrence has raised eyebrows both locally and internationally, as it challenges the US Government’s position on sanctioned individuals. It remains to be seen how the US Government will react to this open defiance, especially in light of the previous administration’s similar actions.

The appointment of sanctioned officials to influential positions within the Senate committees raises concerns about the country’s diplomatic relations and the potential consequences it may have on future engagements with the US Government.

It is unclear at this time what specific actions the US Government will take in response to this move by top official of the New Joseph Boakai Government.

The Grand Bassa County Senator’s decision has sparked a heated debate within the country, with some arguing that it is a bold display of sovereignty and resistance against perceived interference from external powers.

Others, however, expressed concern over the potential negative repercussions that such actions could have on Liberia’s international standing and economic stability.

As the situation unfolds, all eyes will be on how the US Government and the international community respond to Senator Karngar-Lawrence’s appointments. The outcome of this standoff will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for Liberia’s relationship with the United States and its standing on the global stage.

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