Deadlock over Speaker Election

first_imgThe Daily Observer has reliably learnt that some ‘majority members’ of the House of Representatives are demanding that the election of the Speaker should be held today (Friday), which marked the end of the House’s 30-day Extraordinary Sitting.Three lawmakers, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer that yesterday’s Executive Meeting ended in deadlock with the Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue arguing that elections be put-off, while the ‘majority members’ have threatened the DeputySpeaker to either have the election, or he would be removed.Reports said the Deputy Speaker argued that the time interval between the Speaker’s removal on Tuesday and holding the election two days after would bring the House into disrepute.Nevertheless, the ‘majority members’ are insisting that the election be held today.“While the iron is hot, it’s better to beat it; therefore, there’s a need for us to have the election on Friday,” the lawmaker said. “We won’t allow the Deputy Speaker to impose his way on us, to use that time and galvanize.”Another lawmaker said: “If we don’t have the election on Friday, it means we will have election when we resume in January 2017, and that would not be appropriate legislatively.”A staff in the office of the Deputy Speaker confided in the Daily Observer that if President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf did not send the Proclamation for Extension, it would have meant that the Deputy Speaker would have had the choice to have the election on Tuesday, October 4.Meanwhile, reports said out of the five persons who have earlier expressed interest, only three lawmakers are considering vying for the Speaker position. They include Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay and Clarence Massaquoi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Is Jurgen Klopp an upgrade for Liverpool’?

first_imgTony Evans has questioned whether former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would be an upgrade for Liverpool.The ex-Bundesliga chief has been linked with the Reds, should the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) decide to dispense with Brendan Rodgers’ services.Klopp left Borussia Dortmund this summer, after a disastrous season which saw them in the bottom three at Christmas and finish seventh, while their participation in the Champions League was ended at the last-16 stage.The 47-year-old has announced he will take an indefinite break from football but, speaking to talkSPORT, the Times football editor claims the German may be waiting for the Manchester City job to become available.“Is Jurgen Klopp an upgrade for Liverpool looking at the season he’s had,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I couldn’t imagine Carlo Ancelotti taking the job.“They are probably both waiting until September or October when the Manchester City job might be available. They have more resources and Champions League football.”last_img read more