Minutes after losing the Speaker race in the House of Representatives, incoming Unity Party files legal suit asking the Civil Law Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit seated in Montserrado County to remove Grand Kru County Representative Fonati Koffa from the legislature because he is not a Liberian.
Unity Party officials including President-elect Joseph Boakai told the Court in a petition for Declaratory Judgement that they have a legislative agenda as incoming government and therefore does not want Koffa’s presence in the House of Representatives.
The party alleges Koffa holds a United States passport and that his American Identity renders him ineligible for elective office including Speaker of the House of Representatives. The newly elected Speaker has until 25 January to answer to the accusation.
Koffa was Monday voted Speaker of the House of Representatives defeating Unity Party lawmaker Richard Koon 36-31 despite the President-elect plead to lawmakers to vote his party’s candidate. Lofa County Representative Thomas Fallah also of the CDC won the Deputy Speaker position.
Outgoing ruling Coalition for Democratic Change Monday captured the leadership of the House of Representatives following a tightly contested race for the Speakership of the legislature.