Hasta la vista: Liberia's outgoing ruling party kicks Johnson-SirLeaf out

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2018

Liberia's ruling Unity Party has expelled the country's outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the party for allegedly failing to support its candidate to succeed her.

A spokesman of the party Mohammed Ali confirmed that the party voted to expel Sirleaf late Saturday.

Ms Sirleaf, who is a Nobel Peace Prize victor and Africa's first elected woman President is accused of encouraging people to vote against her Vice-President, Joseph Boakai.

Specifically, Johnson-Sirleaf whose 12-year tenure will end on January 22, was accused of breaching rules that require her to support the party's candidates in elections.

Sirleaf was also accused by party leaders of meddling in the presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat alleging that she held inappropriate private meetings with election magistrates before the October 10 vote.

Commany B. Wesseh, Senator of River Gee County; Madam Medina Wesseh, former Executive Committee member; and Patrick T. Worzie, Deputy Secretary have also been expelled from the party.

The 1995 Ballon d'Or victor is set to be sworn-in as Liberia's next president on January 22, replacing Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf, whose second six-year-term ended in December.

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