- Liberian head of Senate Isaac Nyenabo has resigned from his post after being accused of corruption by the country’s members of parliament. His resignation follows the passage last Thursday of a resolution signed by 23 of the 30 members of the Senate demanding the resignation of the entire leadership of the Senate.
"If those who put you in power don't want you any more, you have to leave. I am resigning as president pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate," he announced during a Senate session.
Mr Nyenambo has been under mounting pressure from his colleagues to resign following a five month crisis in the Liberian upper house which saw a majority of the Senators boycotting sessions accusing him of embezzling parliament funds.
Local news reports also said the heads of all five statutory committees of the Senate resigned. The Senators said their demand for the resignation of the leadership was based upon the current non-functional state since the reinstatement of Mr Nyenabo.
“We can no longer continue to traverse the path of disharmony, discord and mutual distrust and as such, we are taking the action to bring an end to the standoff which has engulfed this body since the reinstatement of Senator Nyenabo, pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling,” the Senators said in the resolution.
The crisis in the upper house started last year, culminating in the suspension of Mr Nyenabo. But he sought the intervention of the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Senate reinstate him because they were in violation of Senate rules by suspending him.
The vice president of Liberia is officially the leader of the senate, though the president pro-tempore leads the day-to-day affairs of the upper house.
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