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New Senate Leader Promises Open Legislature

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Senate President Pro Tempore Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence has vowed to strengthen the country’s legislative process, barely two months after US Treasury sanctioned her predecessor and another colleague for manipulating legislations.

Elected Monday to become the second Woman to hold the office in nearly two decades Senator Karnga Lawrence said she will maintain the independence, credibility and integrity of the Liberian Senate, while upholding the principles of the doctrine of separation of powers.

The Senate Chief has promised to make public her assets and has urged colleagues to do likewise.

“As I embark upon this important role, it is crucial to establish a clear plan of action for my first 100 days in office as President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate,” she said in a speech delivered to colleagues in chambers.

“This plan will focus on strengthening the legislative process, open and transparent legislative proceedings, enhancing legislative oversight, and improving the legislative work environment to include the welfare of legislative staff.

“This blueprint, when formulated in closed consultation with the leadership of the Liberian Senate, will outline key priorities and initiatives to help me effectively steer the affairs of this august body, foster positive change, and make an everlasting impact.

“As a mark of transparency and accountability, and in order to lead by example, I hereby inform you that I will declare my Assets and Liabilities as well as publish this week.

“I encourage my Distinguished Senators to make every effort in doing same. We have a duty, and we must do! Over the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to work alongside Members of the Senate, regardless of political affiliation, to address the pressing issues facing our country.

“I firmly believe that by fostering constructive dialogue, finding common ground, and seeking bipartisan solutions, we can make steady progress through legislative oversight, and enactment of legislations that will positively impact our country and people.”

 

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