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Will Weah Return As President? …As He Vows To Win in 2029

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By: Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: The Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), and former President George Manneh Weah, has vowed to regain the coveted Liberian presidency.

Ex-President Weah made his first radio appearance over the weekend, following a narrow defeat by Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai in the 2023 Presidential run-off election.

The former global soccer legend conceded defeat in his bid for a second six-year constitutional term, after a tight presidential runoff against Joseph Boakai, a 78-year-old political veteran, in an election that was considered a test of democracy in West Africa.
Weah phoned in on Freedom FM over the weekend and criticized the six-month old government of President Joseph Boakai.

He accused President Boakai of violating laws of the State at the expense of the vast majority of ordinary citizens who thought that the much-heralded “Rescue Mission” would have been in their best interest.

The CDC Political Leader also blasted President Boakai and his governing Unity Party(UP), for unjustifiably removing or witch-hunting individuals in government.

Ex-president Weah said during his administration, he did not remove individuals who were serving tenure positions in Government from the past regime of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

He asserted that tenure positions were created by the previous government, led by the Unity Party (UP), under the presidency of Madam Johnson-Sirleaf and Boakai was Vice President for 12 years.
Weah indicated that the Boakai-led Government is removing people from tenure positions due to greed and bitterness.

“It was this very Unity Party’s government that Boakai served as Vice President for twelve years that brought about these tenure positions.

Ex-President Weah: “So, why Boakai is so bitter about his own laws he made while serving as Vice President?”

Weah said in a radio address broadcast during the 2023 Presidential runoff that while his party (CDC) had lost the elections, “Liberia has won.”

“This is a time for graciousness in defeat, a time to place our country above party, and patriotism above personal interest,” the former President told the nation in 2023.

His words, at the time, marked a notably peaceful transition of power at a time when many other West African countries endured a spate of coups, aging leaders clinging to power and elections plagued by allegations of vote rigging, leading to years of bloodbath.

But as former President Weah prepares his political machinery for the crucial 2029 Presidential race, many keen political commentators are wondering whether the once populist President will return to the Executive Mansion as President of Africa’s oldest Independent state.

Currently, reports say the likes of Vice President Jeremiah Koung, former Vice President Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor, Senator Prince Moye, Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe, Senator Amara Mohammed Konneh and House Speaker, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa are said to be eying the Presidency, come 2029.

But some have also confided in this paper that if former President Weah will contest in 2029, they would back off from the Presidential race.

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