The Liberian Senate has rescinded its no-confidence vote against Monrovia’s Acting Mayor Mary T. Broh. Senate President Pro-Tempore, Gbehzorhngar M. Findley, confirmed the news with reporters at a press conference on Thursday July 12, 2012.
“We may not have to like you but we have to work with you,” Findley said, summarizing the consensus among Senate members toward Broh’s most recent apology. He clarified that the Senate’s no-confidence vote was not based on Broh’s flogging of a political aide but on her refusal to appear before the plenary of the Liberian Senate when she was first summoned on June 5, 2012 to address her actions.
But with Broh’s decision this week to appear before the plenary and apologize for her actions and for her dismissive attitude toward the Senate, the Mayor, who is also known as the “General,” was granted a pardon, Findley said. Broh recently returned from an unpaid week-long leave at the request of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who appointed the Mayor to office.
Findley would not discuss details of a letter the President reportedly sent to Senate on the matter. He would not say whether the President’s letter pressured the Senate to reverse its decision. “The Executive has authority to pardon whomever she wants, be it hardcore criminal or not,” he said.
He insisted that the Senate’s decision is in keeping with the process of national reconciliation underway in the country.
“In the spirit of reconciling,” Senator Findley said, “we all have decided to forgive and move forward.”