MONROVIA: President George Manneh Weah has issued a Proclamation #11 extending the Sixth Regular Session of the 54th National Legislature by two weeks beginning from August 22, 2023, to September 5, 2023.
The Proclamation is consistent with a Certificate of Extended signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House forwarded to the President on August1, 2023, for the extension of the Sixth Regular Session of the 54th Legislature for a period of two weeks.
According to a Foreign Ministry Release, the Certificate of Extension is to allow the Legislature the opportunity to discuss and act upon several legislations of time-sensitive nature and others centered on national development, integrity, transparency, and accountability.
It can be recalled that the Sixth Regular Session of the 54th Legislature adjourned on Friday, the 21st day of July, 2023 in accordance with the Act earlier proclaimed but a Certificate of Extension was submitted to the President by the Legislature to extend its Sixth Regular Session from July 2, 2023 and ending July 28, 2023.
The Presidential Proclamation states: “There are still pending issues of national concerns requiring the intervention of the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for which the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia has submitted to the President a Certificate to reconvene its Sixth Regular Session from August 22, 2023, and ending September 5, 2O23.”
Article 32(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia states that the President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment, or call a special or extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern.
The same Article 32 (b) further requires that when the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the Certificate by the President.