Sen. Gaye Throws Hat in President Pro Tempore Race

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One of Liberia’s financial specialists and shrewd administrators, who is now serving as Senator for Grand Gedeh County, has expressed interest in becoming the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate.

Senator G. Alphonso Gaye reaffirmed his intension yesterday to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview via mobile phone while on his annual constituency break in Grand Gedeh County.

The Grand Gedeh Senator said owing to his professional and political practice climaxed with his three years of experienced as Senator, he is competent and can be a better President Pro Tempore.

Sen. Gaye, is the Chairman on the Committee of Public Corporations; Co-chairman on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Co-chairman on the Statutory Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, after successfully serving as Chairman on the Sub-committee on Revenue and Finance.

Prior to going to the Upper House of the National Legislature, Sen. Gaye served as Financial Specialist for USAID-Liberia from 2001 – 2005. He got into government where he served for16 years at the Ministry of Finance in several positions, ranging from Account Specialist to Commissioner of Customs. He also served as the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA) and then Minister of Transport.

Sen. Gaye joins five other Senators who have also expressed their interest in the top Senate seat.

They are Cllr. Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe County; Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi, Senator Armah Jallah of Gbapolu County and Senator Dan Morias of Maryland County.

Accordingly, the 17 ‘Old Order’ Senators have resolved that no freshman Senator will become the President Pro Tempore and dismissed rumors that there will be no elections for the President Pro Tempore.

Reports gathered say after the certification of the 15 Senators, which is technically only 13 new Senators with the re-election of Senator Chief Jewel Howard Taylor and Prince Y. Johnson, there will be continuous meetings among the Senators to ensure a mature and comfortable election.

The resumption of the work of the Legislature on Monday, January 12, 2015 which will mark their 4th Sitting, will ignite their efforts for the election of the President Pro Tempore, while the President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai continues to preside.

Prior to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s annual message on Monday, January 26, 2015, according to the Liberian 1986 Constitution, the Legislature has to be completed with the election of the President Pro-Tempore.

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