10 January 2013

Liberia: CDC's Executive Clemency Hailed

Montserrado County District # 16 Representative, Edward S. Forh, has termed the recent executive clemency given to expelled and suspended members of the CDC as the best way forward in terms of reconciling and uniting members of the party.

The CDC lawmaker and several others, including Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and Madam Alice Karmoh were expelled from the party by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the CDC for what the body called gross disrespect to the party's constitution and guidelines.

The NEC is the highest decision-making body of the CDC. According to Rep. Forh, the "olive branch" extended to expel and suspended members of the party is in the interest of peace and reconciliation within the CDC. He stated that the decision taken by the NEC of the CDC is on the right trajectory.

If the CDC is to democratically capture state power come 2017, he pointed out; Unity and reconciliation within the grass root political party remain paramount. He made these comments on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Monrovia during a telephone interview with this paper.

The Montserrado County lawmaker noted that now is the time for all members and partisans of the CDC to hold together and demonstrate to the Liberian people and the international community at large that the party is now prepared to govern Liberia. He indicated that the CDC must continue to adequately practice what he called "democratic culture" in order to ascend to state power.

He vowed to rejoin the CDC to resume his responsibility as a ranking member. Rep. Forh then called on other deflected members of the party to use the opportunity afforded them to come back to the party. Meanwhile, Rep. Forh congratulated Ambassador George M. Weah for his preferment as Liberia's Peace Ambassador. The political leader of the CDC was recently appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Rep. Forh urged the National Executive Committee of the CDC to work assiduously at the county, district, and national level in order to move the party forward. "As one of the signatories to the CDC's Article of Incorporation, I whole heartedly welcome the olive branch that has been extended to members of the party. We think that it is now time that we come together to work in the interest of our party.

We need to join Amb. Weah in seeing how we can approach the peace and reconciliation process in our country," he maintained. He continued: "We have no regret for what we spoke against in the past, but we will again join the CDC to resume our role as ranking member of the party." He amongst other things added.

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