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Avoid Any Bitterness In Governance

by News Manager

Yesterday, Monday, 22, January, 2024, former Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, along former Nimba County Senator, Jeremiah Koung, were inducted as President and Vice President respectively of the Republic of Liberia.

The inauguration of the President and Vice President are in line with Article 53 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.

Article 53 (a) provides that “The President and the Vice-President shall, before entering on the execution of the duties of their respective offices, take a solemn oath or affirmation to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic and faithfully execute the duties of the office. The oath or affirmation shall be administered in joint convention of both Houses of the Legislature by the Chief Justice or, in his/ (her) absence, the most senior Associate Justice. In an emergency where the Chief Justice and the Associate Justice are not available, such oath or affirmation shall be administered by a judge of a subordinate court of record.”

The induction of both President Boakai and Vice President Koung on 22, January, marked a democratic leadership transition for the second time in over 70 years, the first being when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf peacefully turned over state power to George Manneh Weah as President in 2018 after an electoral process that was rated by both local and international observers as free, fair, transparent and credible.

This year inauguration occurred after an electoral process which outcome, though generally peaceful and embracing, depicted an urgent need for national dialogue, reconciliation and healing.

Indeed, the outcomes of the 2023 polls were reinforced by assertions of outgoing President George Manneh Weah when he told the Sixty-Four Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria, on December, 10, 2023, that “following a hard-fought campaign and two rounds of polling, my rival, former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, won the elections. I have since conveyed my congratulations and wish him every success as the next leader of Liberia.”

Weah further told ECOWAS: “My party has lost the elections, but the true victors, the true winners, are the people of Liberia, who have made their leadership choices of their own freewill. The Liberian people have spoken, and we have heard their voices. The voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Also, in one of his post-election speeches, President Boakai assured to unite the country after an electoral cycle that left the country deeply divided and to mainly rescue Liberians from economic hardship.

“We want to quickly review and find reasons for some of the hardship, especially in areas that are essential to their livelihood,” Liberia new President, Boakai added, then.

Now, the gavel of state power has been formally turned over to President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, all hopes are high that Liberia will experience a fresh atmosphere as regards the tenets of democratic governance including rule of law, transparency, accountability, probity and inclusion.

Though Liberians do not expect a regime which performance at every stage of national governance would be characterized by perfection and without challenges, the Liberian people in the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections voted nothing less than a change that would positively impact their living conditions and have them rescued from years of socio-economic backwardness, poverty, decadence and self-indulgence.

In other words, the Boakai-led administration must roll up its sleeves to fulfil its campaign promises to the Nation and to encourage the participation and contribution of all citizens in the development and progress of the country, no matter one’s political, social, regional, sectoral and /or religious background.

The Boakai administration must equally protect free speech and freedom of the press. The New administration must also work with the local Media in addressing the severe economic challenges that are serving as major stumbling blocks to their professional advance and progress.

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