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Fallah Wins Deputy Speaker Post …Vows Cooperation For Accountable Leadership

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By: Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: Members of the House of Representatives of the 55th Legislature have voted Lofa County District #1 Representative, Thomas P. Fallah, to the post of Deputy Speaker of the body.

The election of the Lower House followed follows the dissolution of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 15, 2024.

Representative Fallah is a ranking member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Members of the House of Representatives voted Fallah with 42 votes, while his rival, Representative Musa Hassan Bility received 24 votes.

Fallah, former Representative of Montserrado County District#5, is now the new Representative of Lofa County District#1, following the October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative Elections.

Representative Bility is a member of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and Lawmaker of Nimba County District#7.

Bility early declared his intention for the House Speakership bid but later settled for the House Deputy Speakership post.
A total of 64 lawmakers voted, with the absence of nine (9) incoming lawmakers, including Anthony Williams, whose election results were ordered rerun by the Supreme Court of Liberia, following a strong challenge by former House Speaker, Bhofal Chambers.
Prior to the election for the post of Deputy Speaker, both Representatives Fallah and Bility were given the opportunity to proffer their respective campaign platforms.

Representative Thomas Fallah told his colleagues that as an experienced legislator, he will address some difficult issues relating to the work of the House Representatives.

He vowed to help provide responsible leadership that is accessible and accountable to members of the House of Representatives and Liberians in general.
He pledged to provide assistance to the office of the Speaker, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, to proffer legislative agendas that align with the Boakai-Koung administration for the betterment of the country and people.
“Colleagues, with my experience in Legislative politics for the past 18, I will help the office of the Speaker to provide responsible and accessible Leadership for the Honorable House of Representatives,” the CDC Lawmaker assured.
Representative Fallah also disclosed that the issue of accountability and transparency of the House Representatives has affected the smooth operations of the House.
However, Fallah didn’t comment on the environmental and sanitary issues facing the House of Representatives but vowed that accountability and transparency will be the hallmarks of the 55th Legislature.
“With close working relationship with the House Speaker, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, we will be accountable to you our colleagues and the Liberian people who gave us the opportunity to serve them as their lawmakers,” he pledged.
The leadership elections was held on Monday in the Chambers of the House of Representatives.

The elections were 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-thirds majority of the members of the House.”

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