The Liberian Legislature on Monday opened its fourth session, with 13 new senators being inducted in the Senate.
There were two separate programs marking the auspicious occasion, one each of for the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Supporters and well-wishers filled inside the ground of the Legislature as well as the Capitol Hill.
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who presided over the opening session of the Senate, urged senators, especially those of the new arrivals, keep the Senate the “house of elders”.
Vice President Boakai recounted some of the accomplishment of the august body as the Land Rights Act, the National Youth Act of Liberia 2013, an Act to Amend the Telecommunications Act of 2007 and, among other things, the Proposed Pension Bill.
“The state of affairs as we step into this session therefore summons the best out of us. We cannot afford distractions. The sacred trust placed in each of you must be upheld,” Vice President Boakai stressed.
“Let us thus remind ourselves, as I have always reminded you that this is the upper house. This is the house of elders. Actions and utterances from you should accordingly be as elevated as they are virtuous.”
Among the senators inducted into office are international soccer legend George Weah of Montserrado County, the ex-wife of President Charles Taylor, Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County, former warlord Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, geology lecturer Albert Chea of Grand Kru County and former representative Francis Paye of River Cess County.
House Speaker Alex Tyler, for his part praised the effort of the government for containing and controlling the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed more than 3,400 Liberians.
Speaker Tyler warned all to go by the measure recommended by the Ministry of Health to prevent the virus.
Speaker Tyler praised the effort of his fellow representatives by cutting short their agriculture break and responding to the call of the President to resume official duties as Ebola took a huge toll on the population.
Meanwhile the race for the President Pro-Tempore intensifies as Senators Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe County and Armah Jallah of Gbarpolu vying for the high post, with presumed favorite Senator Dan Morais withdrawing from the race.