Liberians ‘Nicknamed’ Minister Nathaniel McGill As Liberia’s Prime Minister

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Fala McGill

As President George Manneh Weah’s closest ‘buddy’ and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Falo McGill has been nicknamed in some quarters of Monrovia and its environs as Liberia’s ‘Prime Minister’ due to his influential connection with the Liberian leader, and in the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led Government.

According to GNN investigation, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs is one of the most powerful officials in the Weah-led Government, and one of the closest cabinet ministers who, according to our source usually tutor the Liberian leader whenever national decisions are made.

A Prime Minister  or a premier is the head of the cabinet and the leader of the ministers in the executive branch of government, often in a parliamentary or semi-presidential system. Under those systems, a prime minister is not the head of state or a monarch, but rather the head of government, serving typically under a monarch in a democratic constitutional monarchy or under a president in a republican form of government.

In parliamentary systems fashioned after the Westminster system, the prime minister is the presiding and actual head of government and head of the executive branch. In such systems, the head of state or their official representative (e.g., monarch, president, governor-general) usually holds a largely ceremonial position, although often with reserve powers.

As result of this, and his popularity coupled with his connection with the Liberian presidency he is usually given the authority to govern the country during the absence of the president from the country. “Yes indeed he is the most powerful person in this government decisions taken in most cases are adhered to”. Abraham Q. James a university student speaking to the GNN noted.

“There are three individuals in this government that are most powerful, those individuals include: The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Falo McGill,  The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel G. Tweah and the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson Tamba Koijee. These men are more powerful than the President himself”. James in a chat said.

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