As members of the senate reconvened for its third session on Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie has predicted a challenging session amid the upcoming senatorial election in October.
Since the end of the Christmas and New Year break, public schools in River Cess have not reopened, as some teachers in the county are demanding the payment of five-month salary arrears they say the government owes them.
Heads of prominent foreign missions in Monrovia, including the United States, ECOWAS, E.U., and the U.N., have called on the government to employ transparency in the process of issuing permits for large street demonstrations in Liberia.
The Liberia Immigration Service has announced that it has formally opened an investigation of talk show host Henry Costa for what authorities claim to be forged travel documents he used to enter the country on Dec. 19, 2019.
The Liberian National Police has forwarded to court five protesters who were part of protests organized by the Council of Patriots on Monday, Jan. 6 in Monrovia.
The Council of Patriots, the organizer of the anti-government protest held on Monday, January 6, is demanding the dismissal of the inspector general of the Liberia National Police, Patrick Sudue, for the use of excessive force by police officers to disperse peaceful protesters.
On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Judge Peter Gbenewelleh of Civil Law Court B dealt a major blow to the government in a case filed by the management of Punch FM 106.3, in which the government continues to deny the issuing the station’s operating license. The judge ruled in a declaratory judgment that the government must immediately issue Punch FM’s license.
Much of what is occurring in Liberia today is very evocative of the period between 1869 and 1872. The 1869 election pitted the Republicans against the newly formed and insurgent (True) Whigs. Liberia was still a fairly new experiment, but a marvel in terms of black governance. The Republicans had been in power for 22 years. As always, parties that stay long in power tend to become entrenched and detached from reality.