Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Liberia Senate attempt to jail finance minister fails
Liberia's Supreme Court has stopped the Senate's attempts to jail the country's finance minister after he tried to clamp down on politicians' expenses.
London-based Banker Magazine awarded Amara Konneh its African Finance Minister of the Year award in 2014.
But on Tuesday the Senate voted to jail Mr Konneh for acting beyond his powers by proposing a $1.2m (£800,000) budget cut.
The Supreme Court ordered a halt on his imprisonment "until further notice".
Senate leader Armah Jallah told the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia that the Senate had voted unanimously to jail the finance minister because he did not have the powers to reduce their budget.