3 October 2012

Liberia: CDC Splits Over Ellen's Impeachment

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Supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change.

The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has sharply denounced and distant itself from recent comment emanating from its legislative caucus that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should be impeached.President Sirleaf recently told a group of African-Americans at a public school in New York's Harlem community that she was aware that some women who supported her confiscated the voting cards of their children fearing that they would vote for a young candidate.

CDC's former secretary general and now Montserrado County District # 8 Representative, Acarous Gray, told newsmen on Monday that CDC legislative caucus was holding series of meetings to solicit fifty thousand (50,000) signatures to petition the functionary of government like the House of Representatives to remove the President from office. They said the President's comment suggests that she aided and abetted cheating during the conduct of the 2005 Presidential and General Elections.

At yesterday's press conference held at the headquarters of the CDC in Congo Town, the party's Secretary General, Nathaniel McGill, clearly informed reporters that Rep. Gray's comment does not represent the views and aspiration of the CDC and as such the party has distant itself from the lawmaker's impeachment charges.

Mr. McGill told journalists that though the matter is crucial but the CDC is more interested in maintaining peace in the country than to prepare a bill of impeachment against the President. He added that the lawmaker spoke in his capacity as a lawmaker and not in the position of the CDC.

The CDC Secretary General however challenged President Sirleaf to bring forth those women to face justice for denying their children the right to vote. "Let Madam Sirleaf bring those women to the public so that they can face justice," CDC Secretary General, McGill requested.

But President Sirleaf has already described as 'absolute nonsense' nurtured by irresponsible reporting for anyone to think that the 2005 legislative and presidential elections were not free, fair and transparent.

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