MONROVIA: As the Presidential and Legislative Elections get near, President George Manneh Weah has reassured development partners and the international community of his commitment to ensuring that Liberia holds credible, free, fair, and transparent elections in October.
President Weah, an incumbent, is seeking re-election in October 10, 2023, to retain the Presidency for another six-year term as provided for by the Liberian Constitution.
His main contenders are former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, a presumptive candidate of the erstwhile governing Unity Party; former Cocoa Cola Executive, and head of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Alexander Benedict Cummings; Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) former President and renowned human rights lawyer, Tiawan Saye Gongloe, among others.
However, during a courtesy visit by Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Mr. Johan Forssell, on Friday, June 16, 2023, to the Executive Mansion on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, President Weah said his administration will continue to uphold the tenets of democracy, including regular credible elections and freedom of speech.
In a statement from the Executive Mansion, the Liberian Leader thanked the Government and People of Sweden for their support to sustain peace in Liberia.
“Liberia and Sweden have shared values in the areas of democracy, global peace and security, and international trade,” President Weah told the Swedish Minister.
He said Liberia’s relations with the Nordic nation is strong and will continue to flourish as it is based on mutual respect.
Earlier, Minister Johan Forssell thanked President Weah for his leadership, which he said has kept Liberia peaceful and stable.
The Executive Mansion press statement also quoted Minister Forssell as hailing the Liberian government for the passage of the new Anti-corruption act by the National Legislature.
“Sweden, as a partner to Liberia, will work with the President for the good of both nations in strengthening democracy, rule of law, and the fight against corruption,” the Minister stressed.
The Swedish official praised President Weah for his continuous commitments to peace and security in Liberia and assuring the world of credible and peaceful elections in October.
The Swedish Minister was accompanied by the Nordic Nation’s Ambassador to Liberia, Urban Sjostrom, while the Foreign Minister of Liberia, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah also attended the meeting.