Bomi County District #2 Representative J. Alex Tyler has resumed formal work, by attending a session for the first time since his dethronement as Speaker in September. He said his moving to a Representative’s office has delayed for a month.
The former Speaker told journalists at the end of yesterday’s session: “I would be fine and I don’t have a problem, even if there is an office space available near the bathroom.” His remark was in reaction to a statement made by Montserrado County District # 6 Representative Edwin M. Snowe that the only available office space is adjacent to a public bathroom.
It has been rumored that the former Speaker will be demanding “new furniture” because all of the furniture in the Speaker’s office (his former office) was disposed of.
The former Speaker also told journalists that he is done with his removal and is moving on.
“We have moved on; the government has to continue,” Rep. Tyler said.
According to reports, Rep. Tyler, who is also the political leader of the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), is a ranking member of the Coalition of Legislative Caucus (CLC), having joined the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC), which comprises the Congress of Democratic Change (CDC), the National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the LPDP.
Rep. Tyler was Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 2007 to September 2016, in the 52nd and 53rd Legislatures respectively. Last September, 49 lawmakers through a resolution removed him as Speaker of the House based on a report from the Committee on Rules, Orders and Administration which recommended that in keeping with the House of Representatives Rules 48.1 and 48.3, Representative Tyler be removed from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The committee report was a mandate by the plenary of the House of Representatives to investigate complaints by Reps. Henry Fahnbulleh (Unity Party, Montserrado County) and Samuel Korgar of Nimba County accusing lawmaker Tyler of taking bribe and other alleged criminal conducts against his position as a Speaker.
The committee was also tasked with the responsibility to investigate Representative Tyler for allegedly employing hooligans to disrupt the activities of some lawmakers.