At The Capitol Building Again: Colleagues ‘Pushing’ Deputy Speaker To Surrender Speakership Position

Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue
Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue

Last week some ‘majority members’ of the House of Representatives angrily vent out their frustration for the delay to hold election for a new Speaker, in this token the also demanded the election be held last Friday  which marked the end of the House’s 30-day Extraordinary Sitting.

Three lawmakers, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told legislative reporters at  last Friday’s Executive Meeting ended in deadlock with the Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue arguing that elections be put-off, while the ‘majority members’ have threatened the Deputy Barchue who is also holding as acting Speaker. The aggrieved lawmakers also threatened to forcibly remove if he fails to relinquish the position.

Reports said the Deputy Speaker argued that the time interval between the Speaker’s removal on Tuesday and holding the election two days after would bring the House into disrepute.

Nevertheless, the ‘majority members’ are insisting that the election be held today.

“While the iron is hot, it’s better to beat it; therefore, there’s a need for us to have the election on Friday,” the lawmaker said. “We won’t allow the Deputy Speaker to impose his way on us, to use that time and galvanize.”

Another lawmaker said: “If we don’t have the election on Friday, it means we will have election when we resume in January 2017, and that would not be appropriate legislatively.”

A staff in the office of the Deputy Speaker confided in reporters that if President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf did not send the Proclamation for Extension, it would have meant that the Deputy Speaker would have had the choice to have the election on Tuesday, October 4.

Meanwhile, reports said out of the five persons who have earlier expressed interest, only three lawmakers are considering vying for the Speaker position. They include Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay and Clarence Massaquoi.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.