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Actions taken in Liberia to strengthen independence of Central Bank

The President of Liberia, Dr. George Weah says his government has taken several steps aimed at further strengthening the independence of the Central Bank of Liberia, In his third State of the Nations address to the National Legislature Monday, President Weah reported that the Central Bank will no longer be a part of the Economic Management Team (EMT). He indicated that the EMT will hereafter discuss all but monetary policy issues, leaving monetary policy fully to the Board and Management of the Central Bank of Liberia. “I am pleased to report that, despite salary delays and a tight fiscal situation in fiscal year 2019/2020, the Government of Liberia remained firm in this commitment and did not borrow from the Central Bank of Liberia.” This defines…

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Saudi Ambassador Meets Liberian Minister of Commerce and Industry

Nouakchott, January 27, 2020, SPA — Saudi Non-Resident Ambassador to Liberia, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Subaie, met Liberian Minister of Commerce and Industry Wilson K. Tarpeh. During the meeting, the Ambassador stressed the importance of developing relations between the Kingdom and Liberia in all fields, especially economically through the exchange of exports and imports. He also requested to provide the Saudi embassy with the necessary information on investment opportunities in Liberia, pointing to the Kingdom’s potentials in the field of petrochemical industries and the export of oil derivatives, in addition to the efforts to open a direct airline between Jeddah and Abidjan. For his part, the Minister welcomed this proposal, which he believed would facilitate trade exchange between the Kingdom and the countries of the West…

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Full Text of President George Weah’s third State of the Nation Address to the National Legislature

ANNUAL MESSAGE TO THE THIRD SESSION OF THE FIFTY-FOURTH NATIONAL LEGISLATURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. GEORGE MANNEH WEAH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA THE CAPITOL BUILDING CAPITOL HILL MONROVIA, LIBERIA 27 JANUARY 2020 Madam Clar Marie Weah, First Lady of the Republic of Liberia; Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of the Republic of Liberia; Madam Vice President and President of the Senate; Mr. Speaker; Mr. President Pro-Tempore; Honorable Members of the Legislature; Your Honor the Chief Justice, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and Members of the Judiciary; The Dean and Members of the Cabinet and other Government Officials; The Doyen, Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps; The Chief of Staff and Men and…

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2 Years of Unparallel Success: Pres. Weah Scores High in Infrastructure Development

A Commentary by J. Lyndon Ponnie George Weah was considered a non-entity of Liberian politics by his critics, the intellectual class and traditional ruling elites—and, in fact, that’s why the electorate, most of them the impoverished masses—elected him over them. The elites are chronically trapped in their ego and the monotony of politics bend against the masses of the people. The people needed a paradigm shift in governance—a shift from elite-favored to masses-favored leadership in the country. Thankfully, the masses were wise, and George Weah won the presidency with over 61% of the total votes in the 2017 presidential elections. And during his inauguration ceremonies, which took place two years ago at the largest soccer stadium in Monrovia, first in Liberia’s history, Weah amongst other…

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POLICE MANHUNT IN LIBERIA FOR KILLERS OF GERMAN BUSINESSMAN

A police manhunt is ongoing in Liberia’s coastal city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for the killers of German Businessman George Schedenann. The German was shot dead recently by some unidentified gunmen in the area. A team of anti-robbery taskforce of the Liberia National Police has been dispatched to the area and has commenced a manhunt for suspects who are said to be eight in number. ELBC Correspondent quotes the wife of the deceased, Linda as saying her husband left their home to do some work at the office of a company he was operating. She explained that she later heard the sound of gun shots coming from the direction of the company’s fence. Mrs. Schedenann said upon their arrival at the compound, her husband…

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COURT IN LIBERIA GRANTS FORMER PRESIDENT JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’S INDICTED SON MEDICAL LEAVE

The Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia has granted indicted former Central Bank Deputy Governor, Charles Sirleaf, leave to seek medication abroad. Judge Nancy Sammy, Thursday, granted Defense Counsel’s motion, requesting the Court to allow its client Sirleaf to seek medical attention due to poor health. Judge Sammy told the Defense Counsel Lead Lawyer, Cllr Johnny Momo, that Defendant Sirleaf’s travel is only restricted to India, as the contrary shall warrant further legal option by the Court. Judge Sammy has ordered the Clerk of Court to surrender Defendant Sirleaf’s traveling documents to his lawyer in compliance with the Court’s decision. Mr. Charles Sirleaf and four others were indicted by the Liberian Government for allegedly committing multiple state crimes, including money laundering, economic sabotage, and criminal conspiracy,…

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Ex-Liberian Warlord Seeking new trial, questions whether murders, rapes, torture, and cannibalism make him a genocidal war criminal

A Delaware County man serving a 30-year prison term for hiding his past as a brutal Liberian warlord to gain entry into the United States urged a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday to overturn his conviction and sentence. Lawyers for Mohammed Jabateh, 53, of East Lansdowne, argued that their client may have committed numerous murders, rapes, and acts of enslavement, torture and ritual cannibalism during the first Liberian civil war — a protracted, multifaction conflict that ravaged the West African nation between 1989 and 1997 — but as terrible as those crimes were, they did not necessarily amount to genocide. “Liberia, for all its horrors in the early ‘90s, was not Rwanda, not Bosnia, not Cambodia, and not the Third Reich,” Jabateh’s attorney…

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Liberia’s New Army –a force for good

By. J. Lyndon Ponnie The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) trace its origins to a militia that was formed by the first black colonists in what is now Liberia, it was founded as the Liberian Frontier Force in 1908, and retitled in 1956. For almost all of its history, the AFL has received considerable materiel and training assistance from the United States. For most of the 1941–89 period, training was largely provided by U.S. advisers, though this assistance has not prevented the same generally low levels of effectiveness common to most of the armed forces in the developing world. For most of the Cold War, the AFL saw little action, apart from a reinforced company group which was sent to ONUC in the Democratic Republic…

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Bethel bishop’s wife linked to Costa’s escape

The Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), has named Della Belleh, the wife of Bishop Wolo Belleh of Bethel Cathedral of Hope church, as being amongst several individuals as persons of interest in the ongoing investigation involving the use of an alleged fake lessee passé by Henry Costa, Chairman of the Council of Patriots. Addressing a news conference recently, LIS Commissioner General Robert Budy named Monie Hook Momolu, a former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Della Belleh, the wife of Bishop Wolobelleh of Bethel Cathedral of Hope in Congo Town and Musa Sackor, the Cousin of Mr. Costa. Commissioner Budy said the individuals of interest are being invited by the Liberia Immigration Service to aid with the investigation. The LIS Commissioner General also disclosed that…

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LIBERIA: SOLICITOR GENERAL TEARS INTO BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

The Solicitor General of Liberia says the leadership of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) has been hijacked by political activists and radicals that are using its strips and edifice to propagate their own selfish political agenda to the detriment of other LNBA members. In a press release issued in Monrovia recently, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus noted that allegations contained in statement issued by the LNBA against him is nothing but LNBA’s own figment of imagination, alleging that it was either driven by ignorance or mischief or both, and interspersed with personal hatred and jealousy of its President Taiwan Gongloe simply to tarnish his enviable legal credentials as a former defense counsel, spanning over a decade, in clear violation of his constitutional rights to due…

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