Dukuly Accepts Fate

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Dismissed Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, has accepted the decision of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to relieve him of his post.

President Sirleaf over the weekend dismissed Mr. Dukuly along with six other individuals, from their respective positions. One other person was suspended.

The President said that in keeping with Article 56(a) of the Liberian Constitution, all Presidential appointees serve at the will and pleasure of the President.

The former Minister Dukuly was considered a close confidante of the President from 2005. He was also the first Presidential Affairs Minister to President Sirleaf. Yesterday, he politely bowed out and turned over his office to his Deputy Minister for
Administration, Varney Sirleaf, who will be acting.

Speaking yesterday at the ministry, Dukuly lauded the President for her confidence and the opportunity afforded him to serve in her administration and the people of Liberia.

He said serving in the administration of the President as Internal Affairs Minister responsible for the administration of the 15 counties had been a special privilege and he was pleased that he gave the full measure of his creative energy, leadership and attention to that responsibility.

He thanked the development partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union (EU), World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish Agency for International Development (SIDA) and the Government of Norway for financial and technical contributions to the programs of the Liberian government during his tenure.

“As I turn over today, I am returning to private life and I will continue my support to President Sirleaf and the administration’s agenda.

“Although I understand the law does not require it, I am immediately proceeding to the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission to self-declare and file an exit asset declaration to complete my record with the commission,” Mr. Dukuly said.

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