Liberia gets first woman Interim Senate President

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament, has elected Senator Grace Beatrice Minor as Interim President, making her the first woman to occupy the post in the country.
Minor replaces Keikura Kpoto, who died over a month ago from a brief illness.
She was elected unopposed.
  The Liberian Senate, like the lower chamber of Parliament, is dominated by President Charles Taylor's ruling National Patriotic Party, of which Minor is an executive member.
She was quoted by the press Wednesday, as describing her victory as a "challenge and an opportunity for women" to play a key role in steering the affairs of the Liberian nation, especially relating to the passing of laws that would benefit the country.
Minor is generally considered close to President Taylor, having worked with him for many years in and out of government.
She was Special Assistant to Taylor in the early 1980s when he served as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), the procurement arm of government, where Taylor was accused by the late Samuel Doe government of embezzling more than a million US dollars.
Minor later joined Taylor in the prosecution of his rebel war against Doe, which ended in 1997.

02 october 2002 17:30:00




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