As President George Manneh Weah’s closest “pal” and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Falo McGill has been dubbed in parts of Monrovia and surrounding areas as Liberia’s “Prime Minister” because of his connection influential with the Liberian leader, and in the Government led by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
According to GNN’s investigation, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs is one of the most powerful officials in the Weah-led government and one of the closest ministers who our source says typically teaches the Liberian leader every when national decisions are taken.
A prime minister or prime minister is the chief of staff and head of ministers in the executive branch of government, often in a parliamentary or semi-presidential system. In these systems, a prime minister is not the head of state or a monarch, but rather the head of government, usually serving under a monarch in a democratic constitutional monarchy or under a president in a republican form of government.
In parliamentary systems fashioned after the Westminster system, the prime minister is the president and the actual head of government and chief executive. In such systems, the head of state or his official representative (e.g., monarch, president, governor-general) usually holds a largely ceremonial position, although often with reserve powers.
Because of this, and his popularity coupled with his ties to the Liberian presidency, he is usually given the power to govern the country during the absence of the country’s president. “Yes indeed he is the most powerful person in this government the decisions made in most cases are respected”. Abraham Q. James, a college student speaking to GNN, noted.
“There are three people in this government who are the most powerful, those people are: Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Falo McGill, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel G. Tweah and Mayor of the city of Monrovia, Jefferson Tamba Koijee. These men are more powerful than the president himself.” James said in conversation.
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