President Weah Issues Proclamation Extending Legislative Session by One Week

MONROVIA, Montserrado – President George Weah has issued a proclamation to extend the second regular session of the 54th legislature for one week.

According to the Executive Mansion, the extension will provide the legislature opportunity to discuss and act upon matters of “urgent national importance.”

Weah’s decision is in line with the constitution, which allows the president, on his or her own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, to extend the regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special or extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concerns.

A previous extension had already been signed on September 12 and the House of Representatives had announced an extension of its session by an additional five days on Tuesday, October 1. It is the third time members of the House of Representatives have voted to extend the current session. The previous extension ended on Monday, September 30.

In an executive session on Sunday, members of the House agreed on the extension of the session to enable them to act on the draft 2019 budget, and other bills, such as Weah’s proposal to print L$35 billion in new banknotes to replace the existing ones. The lawmakers are also expected to act on the president’s reform proposals.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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