Monrovia, Liberia- Out going Liberia President, George Manneh Weah has acknowledged deep division among Liberians followed the conduct of the November 14, 2023 Presidential Runoff election.
Addressing the nation Friday November 17, 2023 at his Rehab residence in Payneaville, the Liberian leader stated the closeness of the results reveals a deep division within the country.
He said, as the country transition to the new Boakai administration, Liberians must be vigilant to the dangers of division and work together to find common ground. Noting that now, more than ever, unity is paramount for the love of Mama Liberia.
Adding that results announced though not final, indicate that Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is in a lead that is insurmountable.
“A few moments ago, I spoke with President-elect Joseph N. Boakai to congratulate him on his victory and to offer my sincere commitment to working with him for the betterment of our beloved Liberia. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to President-elect Boakai, his supporters, and his campaign team. May his presidency be marked by success for all Liberians, and may our nation prosper under his leadership.’’
‘’As we acknowledge the results, let us also recognize that the true winners of these elections are the people of Liberia. Through your peaceful and orderly exercise of your constitutional right to vote, you have once again demonstrated your commitment to the democratic principles that bind us together as a nation.”
“Under my leadership, these elections were organized with a promise to the Liberian people – a promise of fairness, transparency, and credibility. I am proud to say that, for the most part, we have fulfilled that promise. The Liberian people have spoken, and their choice will be honored and obeyed.”
The CDC political Leader congratulated the National Elections Commission for a job well done. Adding that the NEC have earned the respect of all Liberians, Liberia’s foreign partners, international observers, and the world at large for completing the difficult task to the satisfaction of all stakeholders, including the contesting parties.
“To the members of the Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) fellow partisans, CDCians, Weahcians, auxiliaries, first-time voters, campaign managers, and party leaders, I understand that this is not the outcome we desired. Although we did not emerge victorious, your hard work and support have been the backbone of our campaign, and for that, I am deeply grateful.”
“I urge you to follow my example and accept the results of the elections. Go home with the knowledge that our ideals and vision for Liberia remain strong. We are a young movement, and our time will come again.
Resume your daily activities in a normal way, and come and join me at our party headquarters to reflect on our journey and plan for our return to political leadership in 2029.”
President Weah added that CDC has lost the election, but Liberia has won. This is a time for graciousness in defeat, a time to place our country above party, and patriotism above personal interest.
Reported by: Joseph Kerkula