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LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

While many people blame Joseph Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with George Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.

Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

“The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

“We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results. If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action,” he said.

Liberia, Africa’s oldest modern republic, was founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

“I am just voting for peace. We want peace right now, peaceful country, we want a peaceful situation now and things to go fine,” said James Marthics, a voter in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital Monrovia.

Some had been waiting for hours before dawn to vote and brought small wooden chairs with them, forming orderly queues as vendors sold them soft drinks and palm wine. Early voting in Monrovia largely went smoothly, though with delays in some areas.

“I need a change of this government that is in power,” said Richard Akoi, 32, a former child soldier who fought for Taylor’s rebels. “I‘m a die-hard fan of former president Taylor and if he shows up today in the election I‘m going to vote for him.”

Liberia is Africa’s oldest modern republic founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847. But its last democratic power transfer, defined as a peaceful handover at the end of a full term, was in 1943.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: 10 October Liberia Heading to Polls: Who Will Succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf?

LIBERIA POLITICS: 10 October Liberia Heading to Polls: Who Will Succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf?

“The president has on numerous occasions admitted supporting the vice president,” said ruling United Party (UP) stalwart and campaign team member Nowah Gibson, who does not believe speculations

The defection of businessman Musa Bility and the UP’s Harrison Karnwea to LP dealt a serious blow to the ruling party. But President Sirleaf did not publically criticize any of the defectors. “When you have an organization of such nature, you will have people with diverse views,” said Gibson in response to the defections.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

“If you look … overall, that path toward democracy is strong. There are many [countries] that have already had their political maturity tested over two or three periods, like Ghana. So, there’s no turning back on democracy in West Africa,” president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said.

Johnson Sirleaf took office at the end of a transitional government in 2006, following decades of civil war and political fighting in the country. She said that she is proud of having helped her country maintain peace since then.

“My message to all Liberian people is to please maintain the peace, this peace that we have all made such great sacrifice for,” Sirleaf said.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: 2018 New United Nations Human Rights Office to Open in Liberia

LIBERIA POLITICS: 2018 New United Nations Human Rights Office to Open in Liberia

“True peace is never possible if people feel that their desire for justice has not been met. Abominable war crimes were committed in this country, and the perpetrators of the worst crimes should now understand that justice will catch up with them,” stressed the Assistant Secretary-General.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: George Weah Biography

LIBERIA POLITICS: George Weah Biography

Born on October 1, 1966, in Monrovia, Liberia, George Weah became a soccer star in France and Italy. Read George Weah Biography.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Weah Assures Islamic Community of Religious Tolerance

LIBERIA POLITICS: Weah Assures Islamic Community of Religious Tolerance

“I encourage you to use your roles to unite and not divide, promote peace and not discord; inspire hope and not despair, create dreams,” Senator Weah said.

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