Liberian Senate Endorses State Of Emergency

The Liberian Senate has unanimously endorsed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s request to the Upper House to concur on the imposition of a State of Emergency as part of measures to contain the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

The Senate endorsed the imposition of the State of Emergency Friday after more than five hours of intensive deliberations on the issue.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Senators noted that there was a dire need to impose the State of Emergency as the outbreak of the Ebola virus poses serious danger to the country and its people.

President Sirleaf in a communication dated August 7, 2014 requested the National Legislature to concur on the institution of the State of Emergency in the spirit of cooperation that exist amongst the three branches, giving the gravity of the situation at hand.

At the same time, the Liberian Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives in passing a resolution on the imposition of the State of Emergency.

Two thirds of the membership of the Lower House on Friday passed the resolution as required by the Constitution, with 52 for, three against and two abstentions in a Special Session.

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