Liberian Political Parties compromised On Education Ministry Post


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted November 4, 2003

The country's 18 registered political parties yesterday held a mass meeting at which time they resolved to constitute a technical committee that would approach the NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant on the filling of slots allotted to them under the Accra peace agreement.

The meeting which took place at the headquarters of the Liberian People's Party (LPP) on Benson Street, comes just one-day after the parties had held a closed-door meeting with the NTGL Chairman at the Executive Mansion.

At yesterday's meeting, the parties' representatives appealed to the Liberian People's Party (LPP), to drop its opposition to the appointment of Dr. Evelyn Kandakai as Minister-designate of the Ministry of Education.

Credible reports confided in this paper that the LPP did backdown over its earlier demand.
However, reports further said that the meeting resolved that the parties will work out a deal to ensure the appointment of LPP's nominee for the position of Education Minister to head the University of Liberia since both positions are almost the same.

The LPP is said to have been proposing the name of Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu, a stalwart of the party to head the Education Ministry.

Also during the meeting, according to sources who spoke to The INQUIRER, the parties could not come out with a compromise candidate in consultation with the civil society to fill the position of Police Director.

During the parties' representatives meeting with the NTGL Chairman Bryant earlier on in the week, he gave them up to 3:00p.m. today to submit their choice for the position of Police Director on ground that the appointment of the new police chief is urgent because some international guests are expected soon to meet heads of the LNP and the NTGL.

However, sources that attended yesterday political parties meeting, said the matter will now be left solely with the NTGL chairman to break the tie since the political parties and the civil society cannot settle down on the issue.

During the meeting, political parties represented by their respective Secretaries- General and other party executives, thrashed out all the outstanding issues relating to the appointment of their nominees to the NTGL.

The parties' resolution from yesterday's meeting will now be left with the Technical Committee to persuade.

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