|Liberia||PRESIDENT FIRES CABINET FOR SKIPPING PRAYER MEETING|
Liberia's maverick president Charles Taylor on Friday dismissed almost his entire cabinet after they failed to attend a mandatory prayer meeting to remember a border attack last month that killed eight people.
"Any government official who does not know God will not serve in my government," a government statement quoted Taylor as saying. Taylor won elections in 1997 following a civil war and has been an outspoken advocate of Christianity in the public forum.
Among the 11 cabinet ministers sacked were the ministers of defence, foreign affairs and national security. Taylor did excuse the absences of the finance minister, health minister, internal affairs minister, and four others. Information Minister Joe Mulbah and the presidents of three state corporations were the only officials to attend the service.
|11:01am 18/5/99 / Catholic World News|