-Pres. Weah commits to VP Taylor presidential bid comes 2029.
By: Jerromie S. Walters
President George Weah has guaranteed his commitment to support the presidential bid of current Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, after his second term comes 2029.
As he believes in the tendency of democracy, and women’s political participation, the President says he has no intention of contesting for a third term, and he’s willing to support the Vice President, following the end of his second term.
This disclosure was made Tuesday. September 12, 2023, in David Dean’s Town, (Gold Camp) Bong County, during the President’s campaign tour.
“I believe in women’s participation, like you have a Vice President that been working with us and I pray that after our second term, in our third term, we will promote the Vice President so we can bring woman back on the stage.”
As it contradicts Liberia’s constitutional mandate of the presidency, the President said Liberians will be allowed to elect a new leader, and the CDC will also be allowed to support the Vice President in said endeavor. “I believe in democracy, I will not go third term, you will decide to carry someone from our party, and of course, I believe in women’s participation,” he stated.
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on August 10 its intention to deploy a regional force to “restore constitutional order”, while continuing to favor the diplomatic route.
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On October 25, 2021, soldiers led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane chased out the transitional civilian leaders, who were supposed to lead the country towards democracy after 30 years of dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, himself deposed in 2019.
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With all of these, Liberia’s President George Weah has vowed to respect the Liberian law that calls for only two term (12years) for the presidency. Amid this, he has committed himself to supporting the Vice President specifically, if she desires to contest.
Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has been working immensely with the current administration, and she has also been involved with a whole lot in women empowerment, education for both genders, employment, aids, and other meaningful interventions, since she ascended to the vice presidency.
Though she hasn’t disclosed her intention to contest in 2029, President George Weah has affirmed his commitment to her candidacy.