The Legislature must act swiftly in the impending confrontation between the people and the president, by investigating the merits of grievances against the president, or intervening to diffuse the looming political standoff.
Liberia may deserve better than President Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change. But it also certainly deserves better than Henry Costa and his backers within the Council of Patriots.
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Secret resolutions, subterranean activities, and other forms of limited transparency by the legislature do not foster public trust. Instead, they breed cynicism and discontent among the population who, whether rightly or wrongly, assume that legislators’ decisions are always motivated by “brown envelopes.”
The newly elected Sen. Darius Dillon brought about a breath of fresh air to Liberian politics when he announced at his induction ceremony that he was declaring his assets and that the declaration would be made public a few days later.
“This is not Sudan, where one man ruled for 30 years and now the military is in control. This is not Venezuela, where citizens are denied their rights, where the legislature is unable to play its role, and humanitarian aid is blocked from reaching people in desperate need,” he told the Liberian people.
On Unification Day, President George Weah summoned the organizers of the June 7 protest for a dialogue where he had hoped they would provide their demands to him, ostensibly, to ensure that the government could meet some of the demands in time to avoid the protest.
The president does not need to convene a meeting with opposition leaders to hear their critiques.