Liberia: Senator Simeon Taylor Mourns Passing of Colleague Senator Daniel Naatehn

Senator Taylor (left) who served alongside the late Senator Naatehn at the Liberian Senate just two weeks ago, expressed his profound shock and disbelief at the sudden loss.

CAPITOL HILL, Monrovia – Grand Cape Mount County Senator Simeon Taylor has expressed shock and profound sadness over the news of the untimely passing of Senator Daniel Naatehn from Gbarpolu County.

Senator Taylor who served alongside the late Senator Naatehn at Liberian Senate just two weeks ago, expressed his profound shock and disbelief at the sudden loss. He remarked that the circumstances surrounding Senator Naatehn’s passing are not only sorrowful but also emotional.

Reflecting on the collaborative efforts that defined their journey through the 2020 special Senatorial election, Senator Taylor paid homage to Senator Naatehn’s pivotal role in his election victory. Senator Naatehn’s stewardship as the chairman of the Opposition Alternative National Congress greatly contributed to the success of the endeavor.

The passing of Senator Naatehn, who sought medical treatment in India, evokes somber reflection on his seventeen-year tenure within the Liberian Legislature. He served diligently under the Interim Administration of the late Head of State, Charles Gyude Bryant, during the first term of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and most recently, under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah.

Senator Taylor and the late Senator Naatehn forged a cordial working relationship that extended beyond the confines of the Senate chambers. Despite Senator Taylor’s crossover from the Alternative National Congress (ANC) to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the bond between the two remained steadfast.

In paying tribute to Senator Naatehn, Senator Taylor underscored the depth of the late statesman’s experience and his unwavering commitment to the betterment of Gbarpolu County. He acknowledged Senator Naatehn’s enduring dedication to the advancement of his constituents, a commitment that resonates even beyond his earthly presence.

The Liberian Senate now grapples with the void left by Senator Daniel Naatehn’s departure, mourning the loss of a dedicated and knowledgeable colleague who contributed immensely to the legislative discourse.

The Grand Cape Mount County Senator further said, as the Senate collectively mourns and reflects on the remarkable journey of Senator Naatehn, his legacy as a champion of progress and development will continue to inspire the pursuit of a brighter future for all Liberians.

By Emmanuel Toe

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