Liberia: Weah Meets Boakai: Urges JPTT Members to Work In Country's Interest
The names are in line with Executive Order 123 mandating the Vice President-elect to act as co-chair in the absence of the President-elect Joseph Boakai and oversee all activities of the joint presidential transition Team 2023 thus conducting all necessary meetings.
The names include:
Cllr: Cooper Kruah
Dr: Urey yarkpawolo
Samuel Kofiwoods ll
Dr. Augustine Konneh
Rev. Luther Tarpeh
Mr. Sahr Johnny
Noah Zawu Gibson
Sarah Beyslow Nyanti
Gbemie Horace Kollie
Wilmot Paye, and Jacob Smith While Amos Tweh acts as a member of the secretariat.
During the joint meeting, President George Manneh Weah challenged members of the JPTT to demonstrate a high degree of honesty and love for the country in their deliberations for the smooth transfer of power from the outgoing to the incoming administrations.
President Weah, in his address at the Executive Mansion, said it is important they put the national interest first, and wear the spirit of unity and success.
"I encourage this Joint Presidential Transition Team to prioritize and focus on the national interest and to place the general good of the Liberian people first and foremost in your deliberations," President weah asserted.
Highlighting on the importance of putting the interest of our country first , the President drew attention to the peaceful transfer of power six years ago, saying that Liberia made history as the first democratically-elected leader to receive the baton of power from another democratically-elected leader after a span of more than 70 years.
"Today, we are on the verge of passing this symbolic staff to another democratically-elected leader, marking yet another important chapter in our democratic journey," President Weah said.
"Let us ensure an effective, efficient, and seamless transfer of power to President-Elect Boakai and his team," he implored the team.
The Liberian Leader reckoned that the success of this process hinges on our collective commitment to the greater good of our nation.
He earlier welcomed the JPTT to the Executive Mansion, saying, "They stand on the verge of a historic occasion, guided by the authority granted under Chapter 2, Article 5(c) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia."
The President added: "We find ourselves entrusted with a solemn duty—to chart the course for the seamless transfer of power to the incoming administration."
He said the first meeting of the JPPT, and all that will follow, "carry immense significance for our democratic legacy and national history."
The President noted that a successful transition, professionally orchestrated, will not only shape the trajectory of Liberia but will also positively influence peace, security, stability, and future prosperity.
He further indicated that he was of the highest confidence that the representatives of the incoming leadership on the JPPT possess the best qualities and meet the high standard of competence and skills required to steer the country smoothly from one shore to the other – from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration.
President Weah also weighed in on the outcome of the 2023 General and Presidential Elections as a living testament to the democratic progress Liberia has achieved as a nation.
According to him, the conduct of the elections, the first postwar elections solely organized by the Government and People of Liberia, has won international acclaim from far and wide for their excellence.
He emphasized how his administration is proud of reinforcing Liberia's credentials as a mature democracy that is governed by strong institutions with respect for the rule of law.
He told the JPTT members that his administration's democratic achievements have set a new and enviable standard, not just for Liberia but for Africa and the global community.
"By graciously conceding and congratulating President-Elect Boakai ahead of the final tally, we have also earned global recognition and admiration," he pointed out.
"This monumental achievement is a victory not just for one political entity but for all Liberians and Liberia as a whole," he added.
President-elect, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai also had the chance to address the august gathering.
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