President Weah Extols Six Opposition Political Parties for Supporting His Re-election Bid – Latest Liberian News
Paynesville – With exactly six months to Liberia’s Presidential and Legislative polls, six opposition political parties have pledged their support to President Weah’s reelection bid.
The parties include the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), United People’s Party (UPP), Change Democratic Action (CDA), the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) and the Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC).
Over the weekend, they gathered at the headquarters of MOVEE in Paynesville and signed up to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) framework document. And President George Weah was there to receive the parties.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Weah expressed excitement over the trust the six political parties placed in the CDC by signing the framework document, and called on them to now behave as members of the Coalition.
“Let me say how happy I am that you placed your trust in the CDC which signifies that you believe that our vision for this nation aligned with yours. By joining the CDC, you are under the patriotic duty to nationhood,” the President said.
The President said the CDC is a party that promotes the interest of the ordinary Liberians, something he said is the fundamental pillars of his government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
“We are a party formed to promote the interest of the Liberian people. This is paramount in everything that we do and it is a fundamental pillar of our pro-poor development agenda. We will therefore acquaint you with the principles and ideologies of the CDC as we work collaboratively to achieve our shared goals,” President Weah said.
The Liberian leader boasted of projects and initiatives that his administration has undertaken, and promised to continue developing the country if reelected during the October 10 polls.
He explained: “As the ruling party, we have instituted free tuition policy for both secondary and tertiary schools. Regarding infrastructure improvement, we have built hospitals, housing units and more schools. Additional 100km of roads have also been build including those leading from market to rural areas”.
President Weah said his administration will present those projects to the Liberian people as reasons for requesting a second term to complete what it has started.
He furthered that the CDC is a party of the masses, that embodies the hope of the ordinary people, and improving the lives of the poor.
President Weah also used the occasion to call on all members of the Coalition to work together if they must achieve their goal of improving Liberia and the lives of its people.
“CDC represents the path of sustainable development, we must make sure that the momentum for more development continues.”
Speaking on behalf of the six political parties, the political leader of MOVEE, Dee Maxwell Kemayah said their decision to join the Coalition for Democratic Change is based on the infrastructure development that the CDC-government is undertaking.
Kemayah, who serves as Foreign Minister in Weah’s cabinet said the decision was not only made by the political leaders of the six parties, but all partisans and officials as well.
On behalf of the parties, Minister Kemayah promised to push the President’s pro-poor agenda.
“Mr. President, the step we have taken today is in realization of the thought that in your next term as President, you need all the resources to continue your development agenda to this country. As a party, we will ensure that you have a one round victory.”
He explained that there is no political party and politician in Liberia that desires the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in the country than President Weah. Kemayah said not because of Weah’s position as President, it is based on his administration’s support towards the National Elections Commission and his desire to see the process is successfully conducted.