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At His Sinkor Residence: Cummings Hosts Weah, Boakai …Amid Behind The Curtains Negotiation For Run-Off Campaign Backing

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MONROVIA: The Political drama of the presidential run-off is said to be repeating in the mush publicized Presidential run-off slated for November 14, 2023.
A run-off election will be held next month in Liberia following a photo finish between President George Weah and his main rival Joseph Boakai.

Incumbent President Weah got 43.83% of the total vote while Mr. Boakai, a former vice-president, received 43.44%.
The 10 October poll was the tightest presidential contest in Liberia since a civil war ended about two decades ago.

A run-off was predicted, but Mr. Boakai, 78, has done better than expected by coming close to Mr Weah’s tally.

A second round was triggered as neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the first round. The run-off is due to take place on 14 November, the head of the electoral commission Davidetta Browne said after announcing the final results.
Mr Boakai trailed Mr Weah in the first round of voting in the 2017 election, and lost a run-off by a wide margin.
He fought this election under the slogan “Rescue” as he accused Mr Weah – a 57-year-old former international football star – of taking Liberia downhill during his first term.
The president dismissed Mr Boakai’s allegations, saying that he has made significant strides, including introducing free tuition for university students.
At a press conference last week, Mr Boakai urged fellow opposition candidates to join the “rescue team for a resounding victory”.
“We are reaching out to our brothers and sisters in the opposition and Liberians in general to join us in this noble mission of making our country breathe freely again.”
Mr Boakai served as vice-president in the government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who became president after the end of a brutal civil war about 20 years ago.
He pledged that if he was elected president, he would form a “government of inclusion that truly reflects the political, social and religious diversity of the citizens”.
None of the 18 other candidates received more than 3% of the vote.

Meanwhile, the two leading political parties, including the governing CDC, and the former ruling UP, are now negotiating separately and behind the curtains with the various defeated presidential candidates, along with the leaderships of their respective political parties for support in the presidential runoff, which is scheduled for 14, November, 2023.

Already, incumbent President George Manneh Weah and former Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, have separately met with Alexander Benedict Cummings, political leader of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) at Mr. Cummings Sinkor residence, in Monrovia.
After the visits by both incumbent President Weah and opposition Leader Boakai, Mr. Cummings wrote on his on his Facebook Page: “Today, I was pleased to separately host both Pres. George Weah and former Vice President Joseph Boakai at my residence, at their respective request. The CPP will continue to engage both the CDC and the UP as we determine our position for the runoff, in spite of our concerns raised with the NEC. We will be speaking to the nation in detail as to what will inform our decision as the CPP. I want to thank both leaders for their parties for visiting and for the fruitful discussion we had today.”

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