Editorial: “…A Testament To The Resilience And Determination Of Our People”
THE CDC LEGISLATIVE Caucus and several other lawmakers supportive of President Weah’s re-election on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 endorsed the President as their candidate for re-election for another six-year term in the October 10 polls “in consideration of the enormous and gigantic transformation” the country has witnessed under his watch over the last six years. This amounts to more than half of the entire membership of the 54th National Legislature who endorsed the second-term bid of the President and Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC): Fifty-six (56) out of the total of 103 lawmakers of the bicameral Legislature.
FIFTY-SIX LAWMAKERS amount to more than 50% representation of the entire citizenry, arguably making the endorsement the largest, in context, for the up-coming 2023 general and presidential elections. The figure and percentage say President Weah and the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) potentially have the votes of the constituencies represented by the endorsing legislators, but this appears to be conditional: former Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Cllr. Cooper Kruah, was recently dismissed by President Weah for attending the Unity Party (UP) Vice Presidential Candidate naming ceremony, and Minister of Transport, Samuel Wlue, stands accused of doing business with the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP). The condition appears to be if all of the fifty-six legislators are not double-dealing.
PRESIDENT WEAH OBSERVED that the endorsement of the CDC Legislative Caucus shows the lawmakers’ fervent belief in his vision to change the developmental trajectory of the country, and assured of defeating his opponents in the October polls owing to the myriad of tangible development initiatives undertaken under his leadership, including macroeconomic stability and transformation of all sectors.
THE CDC POLITICAL Leader said he was glad that the entire membership of the Legislative Caucus, which he said represented a significant percentage of the membership of the 54th Legislature, is standing behind his leadership and candidacy in the up-coming elections. He said the unwavering support and endorsement of his candidacy, which is a reaffirmation of trust and confidence in him and his family, also fuel their determination to continue serving with the utmost dedication. President Weah told cheering partisans and supporters that his endorsement is not just a seal of approval for their policies and programs but also a testament to his unwavering commitment to the Liberian people.
“OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING my first term have been significant,” he said amidst thunderous applauses. “We have transformed the face of our nation through infrastructure development, empowered our youth to become the driving force of change, and achieved economic stability that has positively impacted the lives of countless Liberians.”
HE ADDED THAT “the achievements are a testament to the resilience and determination of our people”.