Delivering her nationwide address on the seriousness of this deadly disease which has taken dozens of lives throughout the Country, in a rather sad state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared ‘State of Emergency’.
The Liberian leader quoting Article 86 A and B of the Liberian constitution which states, “The President may, in consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, proclaim and declare the existence of a state of emergency in the Republic or any part thereof.
Acting pursuant thereto, the President may suspend or affect certain rights, freedoms and guarantees contained in the Constitution and exercise such other emergency powers as may be necessary and appropriate to take care of the emergency, subject, however, to the limitation contained in said chapter’.
According to Article B of the Constitution, ‘ A state of emergency may be declared only where there is threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or well-being of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger, ‘ the Liberian Constitution spelled out.
Dressed in her African entire on national television, the Liberian leader said, ‘I Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a State of Emergency as of this 6th day of August, 2014 to cover a period of 90 days.’