19 October 2012

Liberia: Liberty Party Backs Leymah Gbowee

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2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners: L-R Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Opposition Liberty Party Political Leader, former Bong County Senator Franklin Siakor has hailed Leymah Gbowee's courage to resign as head of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

Nobel Peace laureate Gbowee recently resigned from the Peace and Reconciliation Commission and publicly disowned her co-laureate for failing to fight graft and nepotism in the country.

Speaking on a visit to Paris for the launch of the French edition of her book 'Mighty Be Our Powers', Madam Gbowee said: "People are very disappointed. We have a deficit when it comes to having a moral voice in the country."

Madam Gbowee has come under torrent of attacks and condemnations for criticizing President Johnson-Sirleaf.

However, the Vice Standard Bearer of Liberty Party congratulated Madam Gbowee for resigning from the commission because, according to him, the commission is not contributing to the reconciliation process. He said ills that brought war to the country were reemerging under the Unity Party-led government.

Mr. Siakor, former Senator of Bong County in the 52nd Legislature, said the issues that President Sirleaf raised years back have reemerged in her government.

He pointed out that if these issues raised by Madam Johnson-Sirleaf were justification for the war then she is trying to create the situation for another war.

Mr. Siakor noted that anyone who means well for Liberia will speak about the ills in society like Gbowee has done.

Responding to arguments that Madam Gbowee knew that President Johnson-Sirleaf was practicing nepotism and corruption was in government, before she accepted the job, Mr. Siakor believes that her statement is better late than never.

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