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|House Sets Time For L/ship Election|
|Published on March 30, 2007||Email To Friend Print Version
• BY FITZSIMONS GUS
• Following months of leadership crisis in the Lower House of Parliament, the plenary of the House of Representative has requested members who are desirous of contesting to become speaker to declare their intentions and resign from the positions they currently occupy in the House.
• The plenary yesterday set Tuesday, April 3, as decline for the declaration of intention and the resignation of those eying the position. Meanwhile, Thursday April 5, 2007 has been set as the date for election of the Speaker.
• Already, there are five lawmakers believed to be preparing to contest for the legislative top post. The Acting Speaker, Hon Tokpah Molubah appears reluctant to contests for the post.
• His reluctance has really created setbacks for over three Lawmakers who had strong intention to become deputy speaker.
• District #2 Representative, Hon. Rufus Neuville, Alex Tyler of the Liberia Action Party, Armal Sannoh of the Liberty Party and Edward Forh of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) have declared their intentions for the position.
• Political Analysts agreed that Hon. Forh, a CDC Representative may find it difficult to win since he and the deputy speaker are from the same party. Hon. Rufus Neuville fall in the same category.
• Hon. Alex Tyler who is quietly lobbing for the position faces a top challenge from critics because he and the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hail from the same county-Bomi.
• Struggle for the leadership of the Lower House will continue to take a center stage at every session from now onwards.