Facing humiliation from her ruling Unity Party, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appears to be the biggest loser in the 2017 presidential elections as the political deal connecting her to the Coalition for Democratic Change are being sidestepped in the infant stage of the Weah-Taylor administration.
Deciding the leadership of the House of Representatives, strategic cabinet positions and the vacated Senate seat for Montserrado County were essential ingredients of the agreement that enticed Johnson Sirleaf to supporting Senator George Weah’s presidential bid, the New Democrat understands from sources privy to the arrangement.
But President-elect Weah cutoff the deal days to the Speaker vote to the annoyance of the departing leader. Rather than Johnson Sirleaf determining who heads the legislature, it is Weah who did.
He reached a successful bipartisan arrangement with leaders of the ousted ruling Unity Party, which led to forty three members-elect of the House of Representatives signing a joint resolution on January 9, to back the Coalition for Democratic Change Dr. Bhofal Chambers and UP Prince Moye for Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Twenty-two of the forty-three lawmakers are from the ruling Unity Party while twenty-one from the CDC.
On Monday, January 15, that resolution was confirmed with the overpowering election of Chambers (unopposed) and Moye who defeated incumbent deputy speaker Hans Barchue 41 votes to 25.
According to the bipartisan resolution the membership of all committees will be decided by the Unity Party and the CDC.
In the Senate a pro Unity Party Senator was elected President pro-tempore.
Weah’s initiate strike against his predecessor did not go without retaliation as sources claim Sirleaf has limited contacts with the incoming President.