Government Opens Book of Condolence for Bryant

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The Government of Liberia will today open Book of Condolence for the fallen Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant.

Chairman Bryant died April 16, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center following a brief illness.  He was in his 65th year.

The Book of Condolence for the late Former Chairman will be opened on Monday May 12, 2014 in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs beginning at 9 O’clock ante meridian (AM) to 5 O’clock post meridian (PM.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be the first to sign the book, followed by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.

Next in line will be the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler and members of the House; followed by the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley and other members of the Senate.

The Chief Justice, His Honor Francis Korkpor, the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and other members of the Judiciary, including the president and members of the Liberian Bar Association will then also sign.

Former Heads of State and Former Vice Heads of State of Liberia, the Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Consular Corps, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as well as heads of international organizations will follow in the signing of the Book of Condolence.

According to the release, the Clergy and Imams, other officials of Government including Heads of Public Corporations, Autonomous Agencies, Bureaus and Commissions, former officials of Government, heads of political parties and civil society organizations to be followed by the general public on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

It is not known whether members of the bereaved family will be in attendance, although it is widely expected that they, too, have been invited to the occasion.  It is, however, widely known that the Bryant and the Carr families have requested that the Government should decline giving Chairman Bryant a state funeral.

The funeral service will be held at the Trinity Cathedral on Snapper Hill, Monrovia, where Mr. Bryant has been a staunch member since his birth and childhood.

He rose in the leadership ranks of the Cathedral to become Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The body will be removed from the Samuel Striker Funeral Parlor at 4p.m. on tomorrow afternoon May 13, 2014 and taken to the Trinity for an evening of wake keeping beginning at 6p.m.

The funeral will commence at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  The cortege will then depart for the township of Crozierville, Montserrado County just beyond Bensonville where interment will take place in the Old Churchyard of the Christ Episcopal Church.

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