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Friday, June 14, 2024

PRESIDENT BOAKAI FACES LANDMARK DEFEAT IN FOUR TENURE CASES

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – In a significant legal setback for Liberian President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, the Supreme Court has ruled against him in four out of five tenure cases. The rulings pertain to President Boakai’s appointments to key institutions such as the Liberia National Lottery Authority (NLA), Governance Commission (GC), National Identification Registry (NIR), and Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).

These officials, currently holding tenure positions, were initially appointed by the former Liberian leader, George M. Weah. The Court’s decision highlights the legislature’s constitutional right to establish entities with tenures.

The Supreme Court found procedural errors in President Boakai’s nominations to these institutions. Consequently, the Court ordered the withdrawal of all nominees appointed by President Boakai to these organizations.

President Boakai’s Victory in the EPA Case

Despite the unfavorable rulings, President Boakai secured a victory in the case involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Court ruled against defendant Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, the embattled Executive Director of the EPA, stating that Tarpeh’s appointment was illegal and that he does not hold any tenure.

Prof. Tarpeh’s appointment to the EPA was made by the former ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) under President George Weah.

President Boakai’s Response

President Boakai has expressed acceptance of the Court’s decisions, stating that he respects the rule of law and has always advocated for the independence of the Justice system. He reiterated his commitment to allowing judges to perform their duties without fear of dismissal or interference.

During the 2023 Presidential and General Elections, President Boakai promised that his administration would not influence court rulings in the Republic. He emphasized the importance of maintaining judicial independence and ensuring that judges can execute their responsibilities without external pressures.

In welcoming the Court’s decisions, President Boakai reaffirms his dedication to upholding the principles of justice and transparency in Liberia.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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