Liberia’s Leadership Succession at Risk

first_imgThis newspaper, the Daily Observer, has often complained of the seeming lack of coordination within the Liberian government.The erudite counselor and human rights activist, Tiawan Gongloe, acknowledged as much when, in an article that appeared on the back page of yesterday’s Daily Observer, he said that the absence of both President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, from the country at the same time “demonstrates a lack of coordination and makes the country vulnerable and insecure.”Those were strong words. But Cllr. Gongloe would have leveled a far stronger criticism at the government had he realized that there were two more alarming absences. Both the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, constitutionally the second in the line of succession after the Vice President, and the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Armah Jallah, are also out of the country!And who was left in charge? Well, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, whom the President left in charge this time—an assignment to which she has appointed him on numerous occasions.But! If anything happened in Liberia, Defense Minister Samukai would not be constitutionally eligible to accede to the Presidency because after the Speaker, the next in line to the succession is the Dean of the Cabinet, who is the Foreign Minister. ButLiberia has no Foreign Minister at this time, since the resignation a few weeks ago of Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan in order to seek political office in the 2017 presidential and general elections. Yes, there is an Acting Foreign Minister in the person of Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, whose Nigerian-born father, according to unconfirmed reports, is a naturalized Liberian.It may be recalled that in December 1930, when in the midst of the Fernando Po Crisis, President Charles D.B. King and his Vice President, Allen Yancy, resigned, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Johnnie N. Lewis, was away in Sinoe County.With no airplane available to transport him immediately to Monrovia, the Joint Session of Legislature decided to install Secretary of State Edwin J. Barclay as President of Liberia.In the absence of the President, Vice President, Speaker and Senate Pro-Tempore, would the Legislature feel comfortable naming the Acting Secretary of State as President of Liberia?We give this analysis to underscore the critical importance of coordination in any government. In the Executive Branch of the Liberian government, there is one particular office that is responsible for coordination, and that is the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs (MOS). This office should definitely know of the travel schedules of both the President and the Vice President, and all the key players in the Executive Branch—the Cabinet and heads and deputy heads of all state enterprises. Did the MOS know that the Vice President was traveling to the United States and how long he would be away?The MOS surely must maintain the yearly travel schedule of the President of Liberia. This schedule should be regularly updated and coordinated with that of the Vice President so as to ensure that at no time will these two top officials of government be away from the country at the same time. The reason is the matter of constitutional succession. That is what vice presidents are for—to stand by in case something happens to the President. When President E.J. Roye was assassinated in 1871, his Vice President, James Shivring Smith, succeeded him. On July 23, 1971, when President W.V.S. Tubman died in the London Clinic following prostate surgery, Vice President William R. Tolbert was sworn in as President of Liberia. V.P Tolbert had been advised not to leave the capital until it was conclusively confirmed that President Tubman’s surgery was successful. But as soon as the Vice President learned that the surgery was successfully done, he left Monrovia for his Bellefanai farm in Bong County, about 140 miles into the interior. But when later that morning things turned for the worse and President Tubman bled to death, the Vice President was immediately sent for. He arrived in Monrovia later that evening and was escorted to the Cabinet Room of the State Department (now Foreign Ministry). There, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Richard A. Henries, swore Tolbert in as President of Liberia.We think it is a dangerous thing for the President and the Vice President to be away from the country at the same time. Serious constitutional issues are involved here. This should not have happened and should never happen again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: LEADING DONEGAL HOTEL SEEKING TO FILL A NUMBER OF POSITIONS

first_imgThe Carrigart HotelA Co Donegal hotel has a number of staff vacancies which they wish to fill.The Carrigart Hotel is a leading hotel which enjoys a strong reputation throughout the county and the north-west.They now have vacancies for the following positions.Financial AdministratorThe Uprichard Group of companies wish to recruit a Financial Administrator. Based at The Carrigart Hotel this permanent part-time post will involve a range of financial administrative duties for the Group’s businesses in Glasgow, Belfast and Carrigart. The post is ideal for a numerate and computer literate individual, with accounts experience desirable but not essential. Training is available from the retiring post holder until March 2016. Front of House Supervisor – LoungeWe are looking to recruit a permanent, senior member of staff to develop a coffee and lunch time offer at The Carrigart. You will, with the existing management team be responsible for developing and supervising an exciting new day time offer, through the winter and into next season.Application for both posts is by letter and CV to Mark Uprichard, The Carrigart, Main Street, Carrigart, Co Donegal, F92 C440, or uprichard@hotmail.com. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.Closing dates are Friday 18th September.JOB VACANCIES: LEADING DONEGAL HOTEL SEEKING TO FILL A NUMBER OF POSITIONS was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljobsThe Carrigart Hotellast_img read more

Watch Ford F150 Electric Pickup Truck Drive Silently Video

first_imgTFLnow’s video contains a short clip (1:45) of the prototype driving silently through the intersection. It’s the ultimate proof that this truck is electrified (hopefully not to a basic hybrid system, but a true plug-in).And you know what? There is something special, gentle and mystic in witnessing big EVs crawling along quietly with all the power and torque available right away at any time.Electric trucks are nearly upon us and when one finally arrives, it’s sure to take the world by storm. Our money is on Rivian delivering its R1T electric truck before any other automaker, but maybe Tesla will be first with its pickup? We’ll find out soon enough. Source: Electric Vehicle News Images: Automedia Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Shows Rugged Abilities In New Video Ford F-150 Energi?The recently spotted test mule of a camouflaged Ford F-150 – suspected to be all-electric (with a fake exhaust pipe) or plug-in hybrid – was recently discussed by TheFastLaneTruck.Spy photos obtained by InsideEVs reveal and independent rear suspension, while from the side profile we probably see battery packs (on the bottom).More Truck News 6 photos New Tesla Electric Pickup Render Is Bold, Reminds Us Of Ram Truck Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Truck Spotted In Swirly Camo Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 28, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more