As Senate Pro-Temp Suspension Crisis Deepen, Opposition Political Parties Threaten Legal Action, Gives Ultimatum

Three political parties, including the ruling Unity Party (UP) are threatening members of the Liberian Senate who early last week crafted a “Resolution” to remove their colleague, the Senate Pro-Temp Isaac Nyenabo, which later turned to suspension is “unconstitutional”.

The three political parties include, National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), the New Deal Movement and Unity Party in separate statements questioned the constitutionality of the suspension of the Senate Pro-Temp.

One of the political parties, the NDPL of which Senator Nyenabo is a member, strongly warned members of the Liberian Senate, especially those who signed his suspension resolution to abide by the Liberian constitution or be prepared to face court action.

For the New Deal Movement, in its press statement over the weekend called on members of the Liberian Senate to thoroughly read the Liberian constitution, adding, “We are urgently calling on members of the Liberian Senate who are trying to violate our constitution to stop immediately, or else we will have no alternative but to scale the ladder of the Supreme Court”, a member of the New Deal Movement speaking to reporters noted.

Other Liberians who spoke to the GNN over the weekend also agreed with the call by the three political parties, saying the action taken by the Senators last week lacks “constitutional basis”.

Some of the aggrieved members of the Senate who preferred not to be named via mobile phone said over the weekend, they were “disappointed” over the issue and said they will cooperate with those opting the continues suspension of the Senate Pro-Temp.

Last Friday Special Session called was witnessed with several Senators boycotting the 58th sitting of the Upper House and held an extra meeting of their choice.

The extra meeting forced the President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph Boakai to adjourn Thursday’s sitting of the body due to the lack of quorum.

Most of the Senators who attended the extra meeting are signatories to the resolution that sought the removal of the suspended Pro Temp Isaac Nyenabo

Some members of the Liberian Senate

Some members of the Liberian Senate

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Two of the Senators who attended the meeting told reporters it was intended to find an Acting President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Senators Richard Devine and Prince Johnson said it was important to select an Acting President Pro Tempore with the suspension of Isaac Nyenabo.

The search for the Acting Pro Temp seems to be a violation of Rule 3 Section 2 of the Senate Standing rule.

This provision mandates the Senate Secretary to appoint a Senator to preside over the body in the absence of the President of the Senate and President Pro Tempore.

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