MONROVIA-In the wake of pervasive doubts over the current Leadership’s ability to conduct a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election in the impending and crucial Presidential and Legislative Elections that are slated for October 10, 2023, the Head of State, President George M. Weah has alleviated such doubts.
The Liberian Leader mentioned that he and fifty (50) African Leaders, at a forum held by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, made a strong pledge and a commitment to hold free, fair, transparent, peaceful, and inclusive democratic elections in their respective .
President Weah stressed that they were selected from several world leaders to discuss the tenets of democracy that will lead to stability in their respective countries.
“We had a robust discussion with President Biden on the very crucial issues of elections, democracy, rule of law, and development, he added.”.
Delivering the 6th State of the Nation Address, on Monday, January 30, 2023, the Liberian Leader noted that during the exclusive, but vital meeting, he made it abundantly clear that, under his watch, the democratic credentials of Liberia will be safeguarded, as well as its peace, stability, and security.
President Weah indicated that these productive meetings afforded him the opportunity to reaffirm Liberia’s commitment to strengthen the already existing ties between Liberia and the United States of America and deepen the close bonds of friendship and cooperation.
“I pledged to that friendly Government my determination to continue close collaboration with them in improving good and accountable governance, democracy, and the rule of law in Liberia.
He disclosed that predicated upon the fruitful discussions held, the U.S. Government made a promise to spend $165 Million US Dollars to provide financial support to these countries’ elections, of which Liberia is expected to receive approximately $20 Million US Dollars.
President Weah pointed out that in order to continue the enhancement of Liberia’s role in the sub-region, he has appointed Madam Maria G. Harrison as Secretary-General of the Mano River Union, to succeed Madam Medina A. Wesseh whose tenure ended.
“ We congratulate Madam Wesseh for successfully steering the affairs of the MRU during her sterling leadership”.
“Similarly, we affected changes in our foreign service where Ambassador Jeff G. Duwana was transferred from Kuwait to replace Ambassador George Patten in Washington, D. C. as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the United States of America”.
“Also at our Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Madam Sarah Fyneah was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to that august body”.