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NO DEAL WITH WEAH
The leader of opposition political party Alternative National Congress or ANC Alexander Benedict Cummings has denied media reports that the party is in talks with the Coalition for Democratic Change for possible merger, saying there is no political deal with the CDC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER ANGERS SENATORS
Members of the Liberian Senate went in total disarray when Senate President Pro- Tempore ArmahJallah announced that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had written Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay for a joint legislative retreat with the President on tomorrow, Thursday, and that the letter addressed to the Speaker, is also intended for members of the senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Useless coalitions
Liberia’s former Solicitor General Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe says forming coalition under constraints after being defeated in the first round ofelections is unnecessary, on grounds that such coalitions by political parties are only real in the first round when players have relevance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DO WHATEVER YOU WANT
President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf downplayed rants directed at hergovernment by returning self-exiled Movement for Progressive Changepolitical leader Mr. Simeon Freeman, telling him to do whatever he wants, while declining to further comment upon her return home Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRES. SIRLEAF RECEIVES GUINEA BISSAU PM
The Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority and President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received in audience and welcomed the appointment of Prime Minister, Mr. Umaro El MokhtarSissocoEmbalo of Guinea Bissau in furtherance of resolving the political issues that have paralyzed the West African nation. President Jose Mario Vaz recently made the appointment following the dissolution of the government.

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The companies announced in January that they were discussing the possibility of combining their iron ore interests in Guinea and Liberia.

However, after months of discussion, the companies have decided that they will instead continue to work on their iron ore projects independently.

BHP Billiton, the world's largest diversified resources company, repeated its commitment to progressing its four iron ore deposits here in Liberia, saying there should be no doubt that the company's intention is to continue to invest in Liberia and advance its projects in this country.

BHP Billiton indicated that the creation of a world class iron ore business in West Africa remains its goal - in fact, that has been the company's goal since it first came to Liberia in late 2004. "We had been exploring in Liberia for several years before we began discussions about a potential joint venture. Our plans will not be affected by the decision announced today. It is business as usual for us", a BHP Billiton spokesperson confirmed.

BHP Billiton has iron ore deposits in the Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties and has its Liberia Iron Ore head office in Monrovia.

Since 2005, the company has invested over US$50 million in Liberia. BHP Billiton has sponsored over 100 projects and events on a national and community level including most recently the Liberia National Football Team for their game against Zimbabwe, and the rehabilitation of three historic Palava Huts in Sanniquellie as part of this year's Independence Day celebrations.

BHP Billiton currently has over 300 employees in Liberia and is recruiting for a number of additional positions as it looks to step up its level of activity in Liberia.

BHP Billiton noted that it has concluded a Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia and looks forward to its ratification by the Legislature.

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