Celebration, Protest at Capitol over Speaker Nuquay’s Selection

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Women in favor of Nuquay’s selection The grounds of the Capitol Building – the Legislature, the official seat of Liberian Representatives and Senators, was yesterday the scene of emotional drama as two groups of women displayed opposing emotions over the selection of Speaker Nuquay as Unity Party vice standard bearer for the upcoming elections.One group, calling themselves ‘Women from the Capitol Building,’ was made up of 40 women, some of who danced when they heard the news of Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay’s selection as vice standard bearer of the Unity Party, displaying placards that read: “Congratulations Incoming Vice President.”Women from the Capitol celebrating Speaker Nuquay’s selection as Unity Party vice standard bearerOne of the organizers, Mrs. Ida F. Kamanor, said: “We are dancing to the selection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives; we are happy that he was chosen to run as vice standard bearer on the Unity Party ticket. And we are happy that the Speaker is the right choice.”The dancing women were joined by some members and sympathizers of the Unity Party, including Deputy Minister for Youth Development, Rufus Neufville. “What’s the matter with Speaker Nuquay and what’s the matter with the Vice President?” Mr. Neufville shouted. “Alright,” the women responded.The waiting-and-dancing women ended their jubilation with a word from the Speaker’s aide that the Speaker would dance with them on Thursday, July 13, because he had a tight schedule after his selection and the activities thereafter. The Speaker’s selection to contest as Vice President indicates that only 65 of the 73 incumbents will be vying to return to the House of Representatives.Meanwhile, amid the celebration on one side of the Capitol Building, a smaller crowd with Nimba County Representative R. Matenokay Tingban and other anti-UP personalities were not so happy with the Vice President’s choice of running mate.“He (Veep Boakai) let down Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa counties by not selecting the right vice standard bearer, and would deeply split legislative politics,” was a statement heard at the gathering.It may be recalled that on Monday, at the UP headquarters, Vice President Boakai named Speaker Nuquay as his running mate, because “this is someone that we trust.” He stated that Speaker Nuquay has demonstrated dedication and leadership ability in advancing the national interest. “The person we have chosen to be the running mate shares my vision to continually think Liberia, love Liberia and build Liberia,” Veep Boakai said.In his acceptance speech, Speaker Nuquay lauded the VP for choosing him, described his selection as a blessing from God. “Today is indeed a great day that has been destined by God and least anticipated,” Nuquay said. “This is the will of God and I am humbled and happy to work along with the VP for the betterment of our country Liberia.”Meanwhile, there were 10 Representatives at yesterday’s session, which was the 47th day sitting. As a result of the program where Nuquay was selected to run with the Vice President, there were not enough members in the House of Representatives for a quorum, for which session was cancelled. The House’s press director Isaac Redd confirmed to newsmen yesterday that the “cancellation of Tuesday’s session is because of no quorum.” According to the House’s rules and regulations, at least 36 members – bodily or officially absent – make up a quorum.last_img read more

Walking and hitching rides along Kashmirs desolate highways

first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir’s uncertain, restive situation has pushed public transport off the roads, leaving many people with no option but to flag down the odd private vehicle passing through the desolate highways of the Valley.A few people, some in twos and threes and some alone, can be seen walking or standing by the side hoping to get a ride into the nearest town or village — to meet their children, parents or maybe just get back home. On Monday, the Centre announced the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in the Rajya Sabha and also its proposal to bifurcate the state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Valley has been under a virtual communications blackout since the night before with few workable phones, mobile or landline, and virtually no internet connections. Prohibitory orders are in place with authorities saying there is no curfew. And the desperation of people, who said they are trapped and staying indoors is not always possible, is rising by the hour. Among those seen frantically trying to get a car to stop at Narbal Road on the outskirts of Srinagar was Nighat Nasir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I have to reach Baramulla (about 60 km away) and be there with my children,” she said. The couple started walking from their Srinagar home till they reached Narbal Road, a distance of 17 km. Their efforts paid off and they finally managed to hop on to an ambulance that promised to take them halfway to Pattan in north Kashmir. Mohammed Ramzan, now admitted in a hospital in Bemina on the outskirts of Srinagar, didn’t stop to wait for a lift. The resident of Srinagar’s Lal Bazar locality got a distress call from his daughter on Sunday night in Budgam in central Kashmir and left his home early after daybreak on Monday morning. Budgam is about 35 km from Srinagar. With no buses or taxis, he walked for 12 km before collapsing in sheer exhaustion. “Ramzan collapsed and was picked by a security vehicle and brought to the hospital,” said Dr Shafkat Bhat at the Bemina hospital. The stories are many. Mohammed Shahim said he took a lift from three different people to cover the 65 km distance from Khrew in south Kashmir to Srinagar. “Is there a curfew? Why can’t we go to any place? We are not creating any disturbance then why are we being troubled,” he asked a paramilitary trooper guarding a road leading to Batmaloo in the city. “I managed to reach from Khrew after taking a lift from three different people. I covered 65 kilometres and now they are not allowing me to go inside my locality,” Shahim, who works in private factory, said. He was allowed in after a senior officer intervened. “These are difficult times, kindly bear with us,” the officer told Shahim and requested people not to take pictures from their mobiles. Riyaz Rather, who stays in downtown Srinagar but runs a medical shop in the Civil Lines area, said covering the 10 km distance is an everyday challenge. “Someone or the other gives a lift and this is how we cover the distance these days. The government is telling us that there is no curfew but police did not allow me to take out my vehicle,” Rather said He has been commuting all these days from his home on foot. “Once I cross downtown, someone or else gives me a lift and that’s how I reach,” he said. PTIlast_img read more