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Koung Looks to Ensure Boakai’s Agenda

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By: Varney Dukuly

Monrovia: A visibly peaceful Jeremiah Kpan Koung, brought his leadership to the Liberian Senate on Thursday after he was sworn in as Vice President, three days after the formal inauguration of President Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

Speaking at his induction, VP Koung told the Senate session that he would fight to defend the expectations of the vast majority of ordinary citizens.

“Now, I stand here to remind this August Body that our people are demanding drastic change in our leadership paradigm; Our People are yearning for accountability and the respect for the rule of law, they are seeking opportunities for employment and investments, they are demanding the rebirth of the merit-based system,” he told the Senators.

“Distinguished Senators, these are the enormous responsibilities which confront this noble body, and we must embrace it without any degree of doubts.”

VP Koung asserted that nowhere is more immediately important than the Legislature, where he served as a Representative and Senator before being identified to serve as Vice President to President Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

But, because the Senate is his home does not mean it is a friendly territory. As VP, Koung looked to reinvigorate the President’s agenda on the ground of the Senate, some Senators have stepped up the pressure on the new administration.

But, doubts by some Senators appeared to be snowballing, and the drumbeat for his push to consolidate support for the President only grew louder.

“We must perform our collective responsibilities with a deep sense of patriotism, bearing in mind that the true PROTECTORS of the political power we possess are the PEOPLE; thus the welfare of the Liberian People should constitute the overarching focus of our developmental agendas and attending debates,” VP Koung.

As he made his case, the issue of division among Liberians as a result of the 2023 Presidential Legislative elections continue to take center stage across the country.

Even in his address to the Senate on Thursday, January 25, 2024, the new Vice President acknowledged that the government needs to expand support and opportunity for Liberians to remain viable.

“Our recent elections results point to the diversity of our political views and aspirations. We have a shared responsibility to promote reconciliation and demonstrate true leadership in bringing our people together under the umbrella of peace and national development,” he said on Thursday.

“Let us embrace a new mindset now that elections are over, eliminate the idea of a Green or Blue Liberia, and give every Liberian the opportunity to contribute his or her quota to nation-building. This is the assignment we have chosen, and our performance will be judged by it,” the VP pointed out.

The Vice President also cautioned the Senators to remain conscious that the urgent responsibility which comes with this assignment gives no room for excuses.

He pointed out that the trust of the people in him will be upheld by exerting all efforts to live up to the confidence reposed in me.

But the VP however lauded the many who support Boakai-Koung ticket and reaffirms his undiluted confidence in the leadership and stewardship of President Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

VP Koung: “As we strive to enhance our Nation’s place amongst the comity of Nations, may we never forget that the most important ingredient for Nation building is PEACE. I remain optimistic that we will continue to pursue the path of true reconciliation and National unity, in the interest of the People of the Republic of Liberia.”

Meantime, the new government has won the support of the US government for possible jobs creation and opportunities for citizens.

“We also express gratitude to Our international partners and friends of Liberia, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, religious institutions, the youth, the media, the people of Liberia and all other stakeholders who continue to work to protect our fledgling democracy and contribute to our Nation’s growth and development.”

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