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Koffa Reaches ‘Promised Land’ …Elected New House Speaker

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MONROVIA: Members of the newly elected House of Representatives on Monday, January 15, 2024, elected former Deputy House Speaker, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, as Speaker of the incoming 55th National Legislature.

Cllr. Koffa won his opponent, Richard Nagbe Koon, of the Unity Party Alliance with 36 votes, out of a total of 67 votes cast.

Representative Koon of Montserrado County electoral District#11 obtained 31 votes cast.

Representative Koffa, a member of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), was also re-elected in the October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative elections as a Representative for Grand Kru County.
Speaker Koffa now replaces embattled Maryland County Representative, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, of the same Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as House Speaker.
Last week, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled in favor of former Speaker Chambers, who filed a formal complaint to the High Court for alleged electoral fraud against the National Elections Commission (NEC), seeking redress.
Former House Speaker, Chambers and the House’s new Speaker, Cllr. Koffa, hail from the Southeastern region of the country and both are members of the CDC.
The election for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is in fulfillment of Article 49 of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, which provides that “The House of Representatives shall elect once every six years a Speaker who shall be the presiding officer of the body, a Deputy Speaker, and such other officers as shall ensure the proper functioning of the House. The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-third majority of the members of the House.”
Earlier, the new House Speaker, Koffa assured his colleagues and the Liberian nation of a responsible and accountable 55th Legislature.
The Grand Kru County District#2 Lawmaker also craved a united Legislature aimed at seeking the best interests of the Liberian people they represent.
During the climax of his campaign for the House Speaker Post, Cllr. Koffa, a United States trained Lawyer, told the Voice of America (VOA), in an interview recently, there will be equitable distribution of resources as allocated in the National Budget for the 73 electoral districts of the country.
He said this will make the country to address the basic needs of the vast majority of ordinary people who currently find themselves at the bottom of the economic ladder.
“The budget under our leadership will spread across the 15 political subdivisions of our country for the benefits of our constituents, who we represent as lawmakers. This time, the County Social Development Funds will be active, so our people can feel the impact of national development. It will be used to undertake development projects, like roads, schools, health and education facilities etc.,” the legal luminary disclosed.

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