LIBERIA: Pres. Sirleaf Nominates New Army Chief of Staff, Deputy

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has nominated a Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Liberian army.

According to an Executive Mansion release, those nominated to the Liberian Senate are Col. Daniel Dee Ziankhan as Chief of Staff and Col. Eric Dennis as Deputy Chief of Staff.

The newly nominated Chief of Staff is currently Brigade Commander of the AFL. If confirmed by the Liberian Senate, Col, Ziankhan will replace the Nigerian Command Officer-in-Charge, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman.

The nominations were made in keeping with Article 54, Section E, of the Liberian Constitution which authorizes the President to nominate and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission members of the military from the rank of Lieutenant or equivalent and above.

In a letter addressed to the Liberian Senate, President Sirleaf said the officers have met all the necessary requirements, including advance and strategic training at various military institutions, and that their deportment and discipline have been highly commended by the country’s international partners involved in restructuring f the AFL.

“They have my full confidence,” the President stated in the letter.

Since the restructuring of the Armed Forces of Liberia at the end of the civil war, it has been led by a Nigerian, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, as Command Officer-in-Charge.

The national army was restructured because it degenerated into a warring faction during the civil conflict.

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