Kpargoi said Tyler was a consummate political operator who fought his way through attempts to recuse himself while undergoing Global Witness corruption saga investigations; but eventually his colleagues got the upper hand. “The end result was that this time around, they sensed blood and they went all out to get him removed,” Kpargoi said.
“When he decided to step aside I knew that he was going to be kicked out,” commented Atty. Kpargoi.
Making the political assessment on Capitol FM Breakfast Talk Show Tuesday, Kpargoi said by virtue of the Liberian constitution, the speaker’s position is an important job but in reality and by the structure of the legislature with an established splinter group and dozens of political parties and independent candidates, the position of speaker is by all accounts tenuous.
“Alex Tyler had no alternative but to step aside due to pressure from some of his colleagues through a resolution signed by 49 members of the House of Representatives,” Kpargoi maintained.
The 49 lawmakers’ action was in keeping with Article 49 of the Constitution of Liberia which provides the constitutional process through which the speaker of that body can be removed.
The position becomes more relevant, Kpargoi stressed, if you have a serious party based political arrangement where there is a political coalition or political party holding a majority.
“For the position of speaker to be more relevant, you must have an executive without any illegal power like our executive do. Our executive branch has a lot of illegal powers. This is a power not given by the constitution of Liberia,” Kpargoi said, citing the executive branch’s control of the national budget as a key abuse of the constitution.