Ellen Receives CRC Final Report on the NCC

first_imgThe Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has presented its final report on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia as well as several CDs of the 1986 Liberian Constitution in the 16 local vernaculars to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. During a formal presentation ceremony at the office of the President, the Chairperson of the CRC, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in them to perform the task and for the opportunity provided them to form part of such an historic national project.“Madam President, thank you for this opportunity to formally present to you the report from the National Constitution Conference,” Cllr. Scott said.She catalogued the President’s mandate given the Committee and the process they embarked on over three years to reach this point. Cllr. Scott reported the excellent cooperation from ex-officio members, the Governance Commission (GC), Law Reform Commission (LRC) and partners that strengthened them particularly providing financial, technical and moral support during the process. “Their vast experience and knowledge were at our disposal, and we have now reached this point,” she indicated.The CRC Chairperson expressed special thanks to all Liberians and emphasized that citizens’ participation in this review process was significant most especially for their direct participation and through their delegates during the formal and informal consultative phase in the 73 electoral districts of Liberia, and the National Constitution Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County, from March 29 to April 2, 2015. She praised the partners who contributed immensely to make the process a success. “United Nations Development Program (UNDP) provided initial seed money; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided technical assistance from New York, helicopter services, UNMIL Radio; USAID significantly contributed to the National Constitution Conference, while United Nations Peace-Building Fund (UNPBF), among other partners, provided additional assistance,” she pointed out.Cllr. Scott also highlighted the contribution of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and the Liberian Women Democracy Radio that provided their media outlets “free of charge” for the dissemination of information to the Liberian public.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the CRC for the work. She also thanked the partners for the support they provided the CRC in executing its mandate.In 1847, the President said, the Constitution to a large extent reflected the circumstances and desires of the settler class. She said recognizing that circumstances had changed, one needed to add more in terms of equal opportunity, equity and recognition of the role of the population; thus a new Constitution came into effect in 1986 reflecting new circumstances of the country.President Sirleaf stressed that that Constitution remained with a few amendments in 2011 to ensure that the country’s political process remain intact.Starting in 2012, the Liberian leader continued, under the chairmanship of the GC and a committee formed under the “National Vision 2030,” there were consultations all over the country to form that National Vision. “That consultation indicated that the Liberian people wanted more than what the 1986 Constitution contained,” she emphasized, adding, “They wanted to see some revisions in some of those provisions; they wanted to ensure that certain equity and participation of the people were pronounced than what the 1986 Constitution provided and so those consultations formed the basis for starting that process of amendments to the Constitution,” she outlined, expounding further on the CRC’s mandate.President Sirleaf clearly stated that the Constitution stipulates that it is the National Legislature that determines what kind of constitutional amendments are made; but noted that as a result of the consultations in the CRC exercise, the document will pass through her, before being conveyed to them.Now that the CRC has presented to President Sirleaf for consideration the NCC report also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia, it is anticipated that thereafter, the Liberian leader will make a presentation to the National Legislature for its due consideration.In the event of approval of the proposals for amendment by two thirds of the duly seated members of both Houses of the National Legislature, the approved proposals will be published in an Official Gazette for public consumption and understanding.The Constitution mandates that this public education be conducted for a minimum of 12 months prior to the holding of a referendum. Proposals receiving the approval of two thirds of the voters voting in the referendum shall then become amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.Liberia embarked upon the Constitution review process in August 2012 as part of its national reconciliation by setting up the CRC based on the recommendations from the Governance Commission (GC). To organize and lead this process, President Sirleaf established the CRC which eventually consisted of six eminent citizens as members; and two Ex-officio Members, Chairman of the GC and the Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission (LRC). This review process is intended to form part of addressing Liberia’s governance pitfalls and consequently engender reconciliation.Present at the presentation ceremony were partners including the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, H. E. Abdoulaye Dore; Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Mr. Antonio Vigilante, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, H. E. Tiina Intelmann; a representative of the United States Agency for International Development; Co-Chair of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Sarah Toe; Chairperson of the Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Mrs. Frances Greaves; Ex-Officio Members: Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer; and Cllr. Deway Gray, representing the Law Reform Commission.Others were representatives of political parties, the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, Mr. Zanzan Karwor; among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bengaluru FC ready to play in Srinagar. Let’s do this, say Real Kashmir

first_imgBengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal expressed the desire of the club to play an exhibition with Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar and the latter immediately extended an invitation for a match in March. Amid raging controversy over Real Kashmir’s I-League matches in Srinagar against Minerva Punjab and East Bengal, Bengaluru FC extended some help.Ever since the Pulwama terror attack, where at least 40 CRPF jawans were martyred, controversy arose over the remaining I-League matches in Srinagar.Minerva Punjab first asked AIFF to change the venue or date of the match but upon AIFF’s refusal, Minerva asked for written security assurance from either Indian Army or Government of India or Home Ministry. Upon not receiving the same, Minerva did not turn up for the match in Srinagar on Monday.The three points from the match are still a point of debate as AIFF contemplate further action against Minerva while the latter have moved Delhi High Court in the case.East Bengal, who have their snow-postponed match against Real Kashmir in Srinagar on February 28, have also asked AIFF for a change in date or venue and are contemplating taking legal route if their demands are not met.Jindal tweeted in support of Real Kashmir saying Bengaluru FC are ready to play an exhibition match against them “in your beautiful state”.”Dear @realkashmirfc we @bengalurufc are ready to come and play an exhibition match in Srinagar against youll whenever you invite us. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing this beautiful game in your beautiful state which is an integral part of our great country,” Jindal said.advertisementDear @realkashmirfc we @bengalurufc are ready to come and play an exhibition match in Srinagar against youll whenever you invite us. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing this beautiful game in your beautiful state which is an integral part of our great country.Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) February 19, 2019Real Kashmir FC responded with enthusiasm calling for a match in March and promised “the most electric football atmosphere”.”Thank you @ParthJindal11 and @bengalurufc. Let’s do this. We and the people of Kashmir would be more than glad to host you. March? What say? We promise the most electric football atmosphere! Let’s play to heal. Let’s pray together for the departed and share the grief of bereaved,” Real Kashmir FC tweeted.Thank you @ParthJindal11 and @bengalurufc. Let’s do this. We and the people of Kashmir would be more than glad to host you. March? What say? We promise the most electric football atmosphere! Let’s play to heal. Let’s pray together for the departed and share the grief of bereaved. pic.twitter.com/x7YG2Jx7ITReal Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) February 19, 2019On Monday night, Real Kashmir FC had also tweeted to East Bengal requesting them to come for their I-League match in Srinagar and assured security and safety.Also Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real Kashmirlast_img read more

Wenger confirms Coquelin move to Valencia

first_imgTransfers Wenger confirms Coquelin move to Valencia Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:12 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Francis Coquelin Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Valencia Las Palmas v Valencia Primera División Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Arsenal League Cup Arsène Wenger The Arsenal manager has confirmed that the Gunners have reached an agreement with the La Liga side to sell the French midfielder Francis Coquelin is set to complete a transfer to Valencia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced after the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.Valencia had teased Coquelin’s impending arrival by posting a picture of a suitcase adorned with the midfielder’s initials to their Twitter account .Previous reports suggested that the Spanish side would prefer a loan agreement with a purchase option , but the move is now understood to be a permanent one valued at £10.5 million. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And after holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, Wenger confirmed the 26-year-old is on his way out of Arsenal.Asked by Sky Sports after the match if Coquelin was about to leave Arsenal, Wenger replied: “Yes.”Wenger later added at a post-match news conference: “He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games.”I let him go.”pic.twitter.com/0RP8qac9Ya — Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) January 10, 2018 Coquelin, a two-time FA Cup winner at Arsenal has started only one Premier League game this season having fallen out of favour at the club since signing a new long-term contract last January.And he leaves the Emirates with an unwanted record to his name, his 160 games under Wenger without a goal the most of any outfielder during the Frenchman’s 21-year reign.Wenger was later asked if he planned to enter the transfer market to replace Coquelin, but the Frenchman stated that he would sooner have the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil back from injury.”The best way to replace him is getting [Aaron] Ramsey and [Mesut] Ozil back,” he added.”Then we’ll see. We have players injured.”Arsenal also have another injury worry in the midfield, with  Jack Wilshere having been forced out of Wednesday’s contest .last_img read more