Wishing that her successor will be a true representative of the Liberian people, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has warned any one planning to disrupt the October 2017 elections and any undemocratic means of unseating leaders.
But the president also commented for the first time against statement calling for her resignation saying, "When they say step down, I am sorry."
"I must work with the elections commission for every body to ensure that no body must hijack the process not only because of me, but for Liberia. Liberians have to exercise political maturity," she said Friday on a program aired on ELBC Radio. She recalled that Liberia has had two elections (2005 and 2011) accepted by the international community despite problems that came up in both cases. The Liberian leader said the 2017 elections will be one that will assure the international community that Liberia is on the path of being politically stable.
She said with a good outcome of the 2017 elections, Liberia will be in a "strong partnership" with the international community hoping that "there will be no more upheaval or any undemocratic change in the government."
"When I turn over to the person they will select in October 2017, part of my mandate is to ensure that this election is free and fair, transparent and that the person that will take over from truly represents the choice of the people," she said.
On the issues of calls for her resignations, she believes that majority of the Liberian people share the "Step-down" call.
"I do not believe that (the step-down call) represents the views and the majority of the people in this country," she said. The president said when she returned from her trip in New York after addressing the Security Council, the turn out demonstrated that those calling for her resignation were of less number and even in New York.
"When I went to New York they wanted to protest but the supporters far outweighed those out for deceptions."