.... Elected in 2014, Naatehn quickly rose to prominence and held the position of chairman on the Senate Committee on Transport, and was seeking re-election on October 10.
Gbarpolu County is mourning the death of Senator Daniel Nathan, a prominent political figure and the Chairman of the Alternative Nation Congress led by Alexander Cummings.
The Senator's death has sent shockwaves through the county and the nation, leaving a void in both political and civic spheres.
Elected in 2014, Naatehn quickly rose to prominence and held the position of chairman on the Senate Committee on Transport, and was seeking re-election on October 10.
According to a statement released by the Senate, Naatehn passed away in India while undergoing treatment. The Senate however did not provide any details regarding the circumstances of Naatehn's death, promising to do so in due time. The passing of Naatehn has triggered an outpouring of grief and tributes from colleagues, constituents, and fellow politicians.
Cummings, Naatehn's political leader wrote on his Facebook page that he was fortunate to speak with the Senator three days prior and was praying for a full recovery.
"Our party, the Alternative National Congress, and the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) will undertake the necessary actions to mourn and honor the legacy of Senator Naatehn, including a 48-hour moratorium on all political activities."
"I call upon all executives, partisans, supporters, family, and friends to join me in prayers for our departed leader and his family," Cummings said. "I will truly miss my brother, my friend, and a loyal partner on this political journey."
Naatehn's colleague, Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, also expressed her deep sorrow, stating, "I am greatly saddened by the loss of our colleague, Sen. Daniel Naathen of Gbarpolu County. I am at a loss for words."