BREAKING NEWS Liberia: Senate Votes to Recall Liberia’s Ambassador to US; Terms Patten’s Appointment, Commissioning as ‘Illegal’

Maryland County Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown motioning that Ambassador George Patten be recalled and made to face the Liberian Senate for confirmation

Monrovia – The Liberian Senate Thursday, January 31, voted in favor of a motion to recall Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. George S.W. Patten. The Senate’s plenary took the decision because they believe the Ambassador’s appointment and commissioning were illegally done by the Executive.

President George Weah in December of 2018 nominated and without the Senate’s confirmation, appointed and commissioned Amb. Patten as Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

President Weah commissioning Mr. George S. W. Patten as Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America

The President’s decision was based on Rule 55 of the Liberian Senate that gives the President the authority to nominate officials of the Executive during their recess, which should last for three months beginning in September to December.

But Rule 55 further calls on the President to refer said appointment(s) to the Senate after their break for confirmation and appointment where necessary.

More to follow…