In Liberia, a former associate of former President Charles Taylor has declared his candidacy for the country’s 2017 presidential election. Businessman Benoni Urey, who served as head of the country’s lucrative Bureau of Maritime Affairs during the Taylor presidency, said he wants to be president to improve the living condition of all Liberians.
He refused to criticize President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, which some say has not delivered what it promised the country more than 10 years ago. Rather, Urey said his presidency will unite Liberians while providing the basic essentials of life, including water, shelter, and electricity. He also promised to fight nepotism and corruption.