LIBERIA: As U.S. Sanctions Takes Center Stage, Liberians Want President Weah Go Beyond Suspension

Following the imposition of sanctions on three Liberian Government officials including the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Bill Twehway, and the Solicitor General Seyma Setenius Cyphus by the United States Treasury Department.

Since the Liberian leader announced the suspension of these officials from their respective positions to response to the sanctions being imposed, Liberians who spoke to our roving reporters today called on the Liberian leader to dismiss these individuals involved instead of suspending them.

Many of those who spoke to the GNN today, August 17, 2022 who claimed to be members of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change of President Weah, said it will be prudent if the Liberian leader dismiss the three officials, and allow them to exonerate themselves for the sanctions allegation.

For his part, the President in his statement of suspension, the President said he has received with serious concern, a recent United States Treasury Department report which designates three of his officials for specialized sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act.

President Weah views the allegations against the officials contained in the report as grave.

In view of this, President George Manneh Weah said he is suspending those named officials with immediate effect to enable them to face investigation, and further  designated the principal deputies of the suspended officials to act in their stead.

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