The Senate has dragged the House of Representatives to Court over the action of passing its own version of the Mineral Development Agreement with BAO CHICO Mineral Development, ignoring similar agreements sent to them by the upper house.

The petition which seeks to invite the House of Representatives as the first respondent also drags Justice Minister Musa Dean as the Second respondent to a conference with Chief Justice Francis Korkpor on Wednesday, December 22.

The parties are to appear at the hour of 11:00 AM in connection with the Senate complaint about the constitutionality of ratification of such agreement by them prior to the house’s own ratification.

The House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to approve its own version of the BAO CHICO Mineral Development Agreement it signed with the Government of Liberia for the extraction of iron ore in Gbarpolu County.

The same agreement had earlier been passed by the Liberian Senate and sent to the House for concurrence last November, but the House rejected the act on grounds that the Senate was in violation of Article 34 d(i) of the Constitution of Liberia in approving the US$500 million dollars agreement.

During the debate, the majority of the lawmakers argued that, with the constitutional provision, the bill should have originated from the House.

The Senate has however described the House’s action as demeaning and voted to seek the intervention of the Supreme Court to interpret the law.


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