Governor Nikki Haley will call on Monday for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the state capitol grounds.
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to call on Monday for the Confederate battle flag to be taken down from the state capitol grounds, five days after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic Charleston church.
The move comes on a day when religious and elected leaders called on state lawmakers to remove the rallying symbol of the pro-slavery South during the U.S. Civil War. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with Wednesday’s attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had posted a racist manifesto on the Internet and posed with the flag.
Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, was expected to address the issue at a scheduled 4 p.m. ET briefing, a South Carolina state representative and a second Republican source told Reuters.
“It is my understanding that at four o’clock today the governor is going to call for the removal of the Confederate flag,” Republican state Representative Doug Brannon said in a phone interview.