President of Liberia

The former chair of the National Patriotic Party, Mr Cyril Allen, has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of bribing members of the 53rd legislature to approve the US$649.72 million multi-year fiscal budget.

Mr Allen stated that “We’ve got credible information that the President bribed lawmakers during the budget lunch with the Finance Minister to speedily pass the budget”.

Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Mr Isaac Jackson criticised the allegations, remarking that “It is regrettable to hear an experienced man like Cyril Allen talk like this. I think to say that the President bribed lawmakers is loose, reprehensible and reckless on his part. I challenge him to produce evidence that the President bribed lawmakers”.