Ellen Submits Bill To Senate For Protection, As Tenure Expires January 2018

In a communication to the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Z. Jallah and dated on August 17, 2017, copy which is in the possession of the GNN, the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “I herewith submit to you for onward submission to the Legislature a Bill titled: The Presidential Transition Act, 2017.”

In the communication, the Liberian leader told the President Pro-Tempore, “Mr. Pro-Tempore, there is a need to establish arrangement for the transfer of administration from one democratically elected President to another democratically elected,” President Johnson Sirleaf in her communication stressed.

She said the arrangement being asked for will set up the frame work for smooth transfer of political powers and governance, and further noted that the purpose of this law is to build a strong foundation and culture that embrace democratic value for substance of peace, management and regulation for the transfer of political power and other related matter.

President Sirleaf in ‘The Presidential Transitional Act of 2017’ to the Senate also noted, “This Act, when passed into law, will continue the path of peaceful resolution, smooth democratic development,” the Liberian leader in her communication to the Senate on the passage of the Presidential Transitional Act of 2017 concluded.

According to the document, several benefits including office space to be made available to both the former President and former Vice President to be equipped for the rest of their natural lives; provided two vehicles for the President and one for the Vice President; the former President and Vice President shall be entitled to adequate and appropriate security as may from time to time be determined by the Director of the Executive Protection Service (EPS) in consultation with the former President and former Vice President with the President.

The document further stated that the provided, however, that in no event shall the security detail around the former President be less than five armed security personnel at all times, and around the former Vice President provided be less than three at all times.

For provision of budget (A): the document said, “There shall be an annual budgetary appropriation for the upkeep of the former President which shall be subject to cost of living adjustment for the rest of their natural lives.”

Concluding, the President’s communication to the Senate also noted, “Such provisions encourage outgoing leaders not to want to entrench and perpetuate themselves in office. I have not sought to include such provision into this law. Instead I have thought to defer to the wisdom of the Legislature to determine if it deems it necessary that immunity provisions would contribute to the promotion of a health, vibrant irreversible democratic path for our country,” the communication concluded.

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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.