Liberian Leader Signs Book of Condolence for Fallen Minister of State for Presidential Affairs

President Sirleaf signs the Book of Condolence of her fallen Chief of Staff, Dr. McClain. Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen - Executive Mansion
President Sirleaf signs the Book of Condolence of her fallen Chief of Staff, Dr. McClain.
Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen – Executive Mansion

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led an array of Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials to sign the Book of Condolence for fallen Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, Dr. Edward B. McClain, Jr.

Dr. Randall McClain, brother of the fallen Minister and the widow of Minister McClain at the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen - Executive Mansion
Dr. Randall McClain, brother of the fallen Minister and the widow of Minister McClain at the signing ceremony.
Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen – Executive Mansion

According to an Executive Mansion release, the sombre ceremony took place on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Members of the Cabinet proceeding to sign the Book of Condolence. Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen - Executive Mansion
Members of the Cabinet proceeding to sign the Book of Condolence.
Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Garresen – Executive Mansion

Consistent with protocol, the signing of the Book of Condolence by President Sirleaf and Cabinet was followed by the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai and Members of the Senate, the Lower House and the Supreme Court Bench. Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, heads of international organizations, as well as other sympathizers were present to sign the Book of Condolence.

The Signing of the Book of Condolence continues Thursday and Friday respectively with former officials of government, religious leaders, heads of Public corporations, autonomous agencies, Ministry of State family, heads of political parties, heads of civil society, and business houses among others.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 4:00 P.M., the remains of Dr. Edward B. McClain will be conveyed under appropriate escort from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Service and taken to the Ministry of State for an hour of viewing and thereafter taken to the Providence Baptist Church for wake-keeping and funeral rites scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Edward B. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa, following a period of illness.

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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.