‘Too Young to Be Ombudsman’

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Barely 24 hours following her appointment to the office of the Ombudsman, President Ellen Johnson yesterday rescinded her decision appointing Attorney Massa Jallabah, the Executive Mansion said in a release.

The decision to rescind the appointment of Atty. Jallabah, according to the release, is a result of confirmed information that she has not met the age requirement set forth in Executive Order #83 recently issued by the President setting up the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Executive Mansion said it regrets any inconvenience the unfolding situation may cause Atty. Jallabah.

Meanwhile, a replacement for the vacancy that has been created will be named subsequently, the release said.

Although Atty. Jallabah possesses a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Criminology and is an Attorney-at-Law, she is more than five years shy of the required age (40), according to the law, to be eligible as an appointee to the office of the Ombudsman. She was born on September 11, 1982.

According to the Code of Conduct law, appointees to the Office of the Ombudsman shall be Liberian citizens of high moral character; of age not less than 40 years and must have a graduate of a professional degree.

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