AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ruling Party Wants Election Run-Off Halted Again
[New Dawn] Liberia's ruling Unity Party (UP) is requesting the Supreme Court to issue another stay order against the conduct of a presidential runoff scheduled by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for 26 December, informing the Court that NEC has failed to clean-up the Final Registration Roll (FRR) as mandated.

Africa's Must-Do Decade
[New Dawn] Since 2000, Africa has recorded impressive rates of economic growth, owing largely to development assistance and a prolonged commodity boom. While the continent shows great diversity in the socioeconomic trajectories, growth rates have generally masked an underlying lack of structural transformation.

Boakai Commits to One-Term Presidency
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Unity Party Standard Bearer Joseph Boakai has for the first time announced his intention to serve a one-term bid if elected President in the ensuing runoff election.

'Liberty Party Dumps Boakai'
[NEWS] It appears that the marriage that was between Liberty Party and Unity Party during the legal process against the National Elections Commission (NEC) relative to irregularities and fraud in the October 10 polls has fallen apart, with top executives of the party endorsing Ambassador George M. Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the run-off.

Defense Authorities Plead With Ecowas
[New Democrat] The Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations of Liberia, Honorable Jerome Larbelle, has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to continue its support towards the electoral process in Liberia.

Ruling Party Makes Court Bid to Stop Election Run-Off
[New Democrat] The ruling Unity Party has filed a bill of information with the Supreme Court calling for the issuance of an immediate stay order on the holding of the run-off election on December 26, 2017 due to "irregular and the premature" way the National Election Commission (NEC) is proceeding with the run-off process.

'WTO a Model for Negotiation, Development, Partnership'
[Observer] The Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), Axel M. Addy, says Liberia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a model for negotiation, development and partnership. Minister Addy made the statement on Tuesday at the kickoff of the 'e-commerce MSME' during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

'Providence' - a Movie About Liberia Premieres
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Dr. Clarice Ford-Kulah, a Liberian film producer, said the movie 'Providence, is a love story that unveils the Liberian culture and will attract tourist to the country.

Defense Official Asks Ecowas to Back Election
[New Dawn] The Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations Jerome Larbelle, has urged the members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to continue its support towards the electoral process in Liberia.

Liberty Party Split?
[Observer] Barely two days after the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the kickoff of activities leading to the runoff election scheduled for December 26, some members of the hierarchy of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) have endorsed the presidential bid of Senator George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo's Timely, Urgent Advice
[Observer] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has declared that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) "cannot afford another crisis in Liberia."

Senator Prince Johnson Calls for Democratic Coup d'État to Unseat UP Government
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), has called on partisans and supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to stage, what he termed as a democratic coup d'état against the ruling Unity party in the pending runoff election.

Ruling Party Asks Court to Stop Election Run-Off
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The ruling Unity Party (UP) has called on the Supreme Court of Liberia to issue an immediate stay order on the December 28 presidential runoff based on a 25-count Bill of Information the party has filed with the highest court.

One Term Mission to Save Liberia - Boakai's Full Speech
[New Democrat] The ruling Unity Party's presidential Candidate Joseph Boakai told the nation Thursday in a radio broadcast that his candidature is a mission to secure victory for every Liberian and save the country.

GOL Using Delay Tactic in U.S.$10.7m Case
[New Democrat] The Government of Liberia has implored another delay tactic in the US$10.7 m debt action filed against it by requesting the Commercial Court to adjourn the case for two weeks on ground that it wants to have consultation with the complainant to dispose of contending issues before the trial commences.

Arona Jabang Confident of CAF Champions Triumph
[Observer] 22-year-old Gambian defensive midfielder Arona Jabang during the team's training session at the George Weah Technical Center in Careysburg (Photo Credit: LISCR FC).

The Case of Returnees Has to Be Handled With Speed
[Foroyaa] Desperate and weary returnees from Libya who left this country for greener pastures, are now pouring in, not sure of what the future holds for them in their own country.

Legislators Unhappy Over New Election Date
[Observer] The December 26 date for the runoff of the 2017 presidential elections might be altered by the Legislature as the lawmakers have vowed to punish authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) for "usurping legislative function when the commission unilaterally set the runoff date without the their approval."

Electoral Body Sets Run-Off Date for Presidential Election
[Daily Trust] Liberia will hold a delayed presidential run-off vote on Dec. 26, the electoral commission chief said on Tuesday.

Dec. 26 Runoff Could Be Stalled Again
[Observer] Four days after the National Elections Commission announced December 26 as the day for the conduct of the runoff presidential election, the Unity Party (UP) has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court against the commission, pointing to its ineffectiveness in the management of the NEC and that its Chairman, Jerome Korkoya, could not oversee, manage and operate the runoff election impartially and without prejudice.

Boakai Urges Partisans to Respect Ellen, Others - Promises One-Term Presidency
[Observer] It is true that Unity Party is experiencing some level of infighting, but there is no animosity between him and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, according to Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, the party's standard-bearer.

MoE Orders Schools to Remain Opened
[New Dawn] The Ministry of Education (MOE) has directed all principals, District Education Officers, and County Education Officers to ensure that all schools remain in session until the beginning of the Christmas vacation on 22 December.

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves - the Case of the Blurred Vision
[Observer] The woman seemed agitated. Her gaze centered on Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe and in the next second, she turned her face slowly away from him.

Ecowas Cannot Afford Another Crisis in Liberia, Says Ghanaian President
[Observer] Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphatically said that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is not prepared to intervene in another crisis in Liberia should there be one, urging Liberians to stay true to the tenets of democracy.

Some Liberty Party Top Brass Back Weah
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberty Party's standard-bearer, Cllr. Charles Brumskine, may be wavering on which side to go between the two political parties preparing for the December 26 runoff election.

Protesters Demand Korkoya's Resignation
[Observer] National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome Korkoya's recent pronouncement setting December 26 as the date for the runoff election without having first cleaned up the Final Registration Roll (FRR) has provoked strong reactions from the public with calls from several quarters for his resignation or immediate dismissal.

Senate Summons Elections Commission
[NEWS] Days after the announcement of a new date for the presidential run-off election by the National Elections Commission (NEC), members of the Liberian Senate have summoned the electoral body over the recommendations made by the Supreme Court.

Liberty Party Executive Backs CDC
[NEWS] Barely a day following the endorsement of Ambassador George M. Weah by J. Fonati Koffa, former Chairman of Liberty Party, another executive member of the party has followed suit.

Africa Needs New Breed of Leaders, Says Ghana's President
[NEWS] Visiting Ghanaian President has said Africa needs a new breed of leaders who are willing to transform Liberia.

Smartphones Take Agricultural Data Collection to New Level
[Observer] The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) with support and funding from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has engaged several extension workers in a three-day training at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County.