Liberia - politics
|Liberia's modern government is a
dual system, comprised of statutory laws based on American and English
common law, and of unwritten tribal compacts from earlier inhabitants.
These tribal laws, much like those of American Indian populations, are
restricted to rural tribal communities.
The government of Liberia, as in the United States, is comprised of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Also mirroring American policy, the legislative branch of Liberia's government is bicameral, consisting of a Senate, and a lower House of Representatives. There are a total of thirty senators (two from each county), and the 64 seats within the House of Representatives are divided among the counties based upon population, with a minimum of two representatives from each county. Each senator serves a nine year term, and the representatives each serve six year terms. Liberia's leader is called the President, and can serve a total of two six-years terms in office. The remainder of the executive branch are the Vice-President and the Cabinet. Just as in the United States, the highest judicial body in Liberia is the Supreme Court. It is comprised of five justices, nominated by the President. Each justice must be confirmed by the Senate, and their tenure is lifelong.
Local government in Liberia as more complex. While principle cities are
governed by mayors, rural areas are ruled by town chiefs, tribal chiefs,
district commissioners, and, at the county level, by superintendents.
Copyright 2008 liberiamediacenter.org