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A Liberian opposition leader is accusing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of violating the country's
constitution by some of her appointments and engaging in a patronage system to pave
the way for her re-election in 2011.
Charles Brumskine, a former presidential
candidate and leader of the opposition Liberty Party, also said President
Sirleaf has acquiesced in the fight against corruption.
On the other hand, Brumskine said during
a recent visit to Washington that President Sirleaf has done well in some areas
of her governance.
president has done well in terms of marginal infrastructural improvement; the
president has done well in terms of insuring that civil servants are paid on
time and even increasing the salaries of civil servants," he said.
Brumskine said President Sirleaf has performed very poorly in the area of
said after nearly five years in power, the Sirleaf government has failed to
have chieftaincy election throughout the country.
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you do not elect the, chiefs you say to the people that the whole idea of
democracy is simply about the presidency," he said.
said President Sirleaf has violated the constitution by failing to send her
nominees for local offices for confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
need to change the law because presidential appointees under our constitution
should not have the right to tax the people. What has President Sirleaf done?
Instead of exercising leadership in changing the law to conform with the
constitution, she now appoints her friends and members of her party as city
mayors," Brumskine said.
accused President Sirleaf of using the patronage system to pave the way for her
re-election in 2011.
said his Liberty Party recently warned the president that her actions are in
violation of the Liberian constitution.
she instructs those nominees of hers to desist from carrying out functions of
city mayors, our party will have to take some action against her. We're gonna
institute the appropriate legal proceedings to prevent them from exercising the
functions of the various offices until they are confirmed by the Liberian
Senate as required under the Constitution of Liberia," he said.
Information Minister Cletus Sieh said President Sirleaf's appointments are in
line with the constitution.
the president made an appointment of the city mayor, the Liberty Party headed
by Counselor Brumskine led a campaign to discredit what the president had done by
going to the Supreme Court. Now let it be established that the Supreme Court
ruled that the president has the right, has the power to elect the city
mayors," Sieh said.
rejected Brumskine's accusation that President Sirleaf was practicing a
patronage system to pave the way for her re-election in 2011.
president has made sure that all oppositions are brought on board. People who
were in opposition, people who were associated with other regimes, these people
are being brought on board. So to say that there is a patronage system, I think
Counselor Brumskine is the only one who understands that because he practices
in his own political party," Sieh said.
Sirleaf this month appointed Benoni Urey as acting Mayor of the City of
the former chief of Liberia's Bureau of Maritime Affairs under Charles Taylor,
is accused of obtaining a vast majority of his wealth through illegal means.
said President Sirleaf has abandoned the fight against corruption in Liberia.
But Sieh said President Sirleaf has
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