Legislature, Executive Issues Resolved

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared that issues between the Executive and the Legislature have been resolved, following a more than two-hour discussion behind closed doors in the Chamber of the Senate yesterday.

The President did not elaborate but the meeting comes in the wake of recent unfriendly exchanges between the two branches of government.

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh is expected to appear before Senate plenary this Thursday as Senate decides whether to go ahead with the 48 hours jail sentence passed on him recently for contempt of the Legislature.

Another issue that may have made it to yesterday’s menu for deliberation is the 2015/2016 recast national budget. President Sirleaf, however, refused to say whether the issue concerning Senate Pro Temp Armah Jallah’s recent statement about compensation for former members of the Armed Forces of Liberia and their widows was part of issues that were discussed.

“I came as head of the Executive branch of government to confer and consult with the leadership of the Senate on matters that have to do with resolving some issues between the Executive and the Legislature. I am glad that they received me and we had good exchange of views,” President Sirleaf said.

She told Legislative reporters that the Executive and Legislature have good intentions, “we are cooperating because we are all interested in reaching our development goals.”

Meanwhile, regular sitting did not take place yesterday as up to press time, Senators were still locked in another executive session that went on to late evening.

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