19 January 2018

Liberia: Ellen Rallies Support for Weah

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President-elect George Weah and outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

With less than four days to the historic democratic transition in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is rallying Liberians to support the incoming government headed by Ambassador George M. Weah.

In her final message to Liberia as President, Johnson-Sirleaf said it is time for every Liberian to support the presidency of Ambassador Weah because when he succeeds, everyone will succeed.

In her final message, she said "my parting wish is that you will support your new government. Respond to its call for action, and civility."

The outgoing president however called on Liberians to hold the incoming government accountable.

Johnson-Sirleaf: "My hope is that you cherish our democracy. Participate in it. Respect and support its institutions. Work together to address the challenges and take pride in our success."

The Liberian leader told the nation that the world has changed a great deal over the past decade, something that has made governments and nations to turn inward, in search of resolutions to their domestic challenges.

She said for a country like Liberia, "this means that we need to be more self-reliant. Each of us has to take on more responsibility for the development of our country."

President Johnson-Sirleaf said the time is now for every Liberian to put the bitter past behind them especially during the just ended elections and work together for the good of the country.


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