Saturday 19 August 2017
(APA 08/17/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the impressive partnership between Liberia and Carter Center, noting that the American institution has been a great friend to Liberia and its people. The Liberian leader made the commendation on Wednesday, when she received in audience the Chief Executive Officer of Carter Center, retired Ambassador Mary Ann Peters at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. Madam Peters, who is on a week-long visit to Liberia as guest of Carter Center Liberia Office, led a seven-member delegation to the office of the Liberian President. According to an Executive Mansion statement, President Sirleaf welcomed the delegation to Liberia and assured that her government was keen on helping to make their mission...
(Gnn Liberia 08/16/17)
Since it was rumored a week ago, that the Liberian President and former standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was against the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, and that the President was supporting the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah, this rumor was denied by the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah recently during a news conference. But this time, the standard bearer of the CDC, Senator George Manneh Weah has loosen ‘The Cat from The Bag’, saying the President is totally in support of his presidential bid, and that he and the President (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) has what he called, a “Cordial Relationship”, and further said the Vice...
(The Associated Press 08/01/17)
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging peaceful elections as candidates begin campaigning to replace the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has led the West African country through the Ebola crisis and recovery from civil war. Among those running in the Oct. 10 election are her vice president and two of the men she faced during Liberia's last vote in 2011. In a radio broadcast late Monday, the 78-year-old Sirleaf urged political leaders to put Liberia first and control the...
(Vanguard 08/01/17)
Liberia’s 20 presidential candidates, including a former warlord, footballer George Weah and a former fashion model, started campaigning Monday to succeed Africa’s first female head of state in October’s election. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is stepping down and there is no obvious frontrunner to lead the fragile west African state. The Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf was elected to run in 2005 following a long civil war which left deep scars on Liberia’s economy and social fabric. Elections for the presidency and House...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/01/17)
The standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) says the decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia to open the political field for everyone to contest has made the democracy of the country stronger than ever before. Dr. Jones: "The decision of the Supreme Court has made our democracy stronger, the court has said 'no' to marginalization and has open the process so that the Liberian people can chose from among the full range of candidates including individuals...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Twenty candidates will contest presidential elections in Liberia in October, among them a former warlord, a footballer and a fashion model, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down after two terms, the electoral commission said Monday. There is no obvious frontrunner to replace the Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf as head of the fragile west African state she was elected to lead in 2005 following a long civil war, one that has left deep scars on its economy and social fabric. Elections for...
(Daily Observer 07/31/17)
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared campaign open for the ensuing elections as of today, Monday, July 31, at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. "During the campaign period," NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, "candidates are allowed to publish or display campaign literature, posters, flyers, banners, t-shirts, caps or other promotional items designed to support their election. "Both political parties and independent candidates are allowed to hold marches, parades, rallies or other assemblies for the...
(Bloomberg 07/31/17)
Liberia’s National Elections Commission said 20 candidates will contest to succeed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in polls that are scheduled for October. Vice-President Joseph Boakai will run on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party in a vote that will also be contested by former soccer World Player of the Year George Weah, the candidate for the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change, NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya told reporters on Sunday in the capital, Monrovia. The elections body also certified 986...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(APA 07/17/17)
At least 783 candidates have been declared qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Liberia to contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for Tuesday October 10. NEC has issued the provisional list of candidates for the 73 electoral districts throughout the 15 counties, as well as the two top positions – President and Vice President – bringing to 75 the number of seats. According to the NEC, out of the 783 candidates, 637 (71.4%) are male candidates,...
(APA 07/14/17)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said since her ascendancy to the Liberian presidency on January 16, 2006, the Kingdom of Sweden has been of significant help to the development processes of Liberia. She cited the rehabilitation of “Feeder as well as Farm-to-Market Roads, through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties. According to an Executive Mansion statement issued in Monrovia on Friday, President Sirleaf made the...
(APA 07/14/17)
The Government of the Republic of Liberia has joined other peace loving peoples in the global community in condemning the launching of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range on July 4, 2017 by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK). The launch was DPRK’s 11th missile this year, in total disregard to international outrage and international law. According to a Foreign Ministry statement issued in Monrovia on Friday, the Government of Liberia reiterates its disapproval of this...
(APA 07/14/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, on that country’s 228th National Day on July 14. Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14 each year. The French National Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête...
(APA 07/06/17)
Acting Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin has expressed gratitude to Nigeria for its contribution to the peace and stability that Liberia now enjoys. “Knowing that you all are from Nigeria, a country that is so close to the hearts of so many Liberians, not just at the governmental level, but also the people to people interaction and exchanges. “More importantly, Liberians remain grateful for Nigeria’s contribution during Liberia’s civil war in the 1990s. We remember the blood of Nigerians that...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(APA 06/27/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Djibouti, Mr. Ismail Omar Guellah, on that country’s 40th Independence Anniversary on June 27. June 27 is celebrated each year as Djibouti's Independence Anniversary, which it obtained from France in 1977 and became the fifth newest country in Africa after South Sudan in July, 2011. Earlier known as French Somaliland, Djibouti was France’s last hold on the continent. According to a Foreign...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
Political parties in Liberia have entered an accord to uphold peace during the general elections in the country later this year. All 22 registered parties signed the agreement at a ceremony held in the nation's capital Monrovia, according to a statement by the National Elections Commission on Wednesday. The political parties presented their agreement to the head of the local electoral body, the statement said. The peace accord by the political parties "signifies that the 2017 elections will be successful and peaceful," said electoral chief Jerome George Korkoya. The signing marked the first time registered political parties committed themselves to violence-free elections in the African country.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...

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