Weah’s Re-election Battle Amidst Rising Tensions in Liberia”

More than 2 million Liberians will be casting ballots to choose a President and members of Parliament.

George Weah, the incumbent president and candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), is standing for re-election alongside Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of former president Charles Taylor.

There are 19 people vying for the presidency of Liberia, with former president George Weah garnering the most support.

During his six years in service, current president Weah has been accused of various claims regarding the pervasive corruption practices.

Additionally, there has been a significant spike in food costs, which sparked citizen protests in June 2019 and December 2022, respectively.

Alexander Cummings, a businessman from the Collaborating Political Party (CPP), and former vice president Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) are Weah’s major rivals for the presidency.

The economic diversification of Liberia was the focus of Alexander Cummings’ campaign, and he has stated his support for the creation of a war crimes court to try prominent figures in the nation’s civil conflicts.

Weah also vowed to equip public hospitals and secondary schools with off-the-grid solar energy, which would lower out-of-pocket medical expense payments through a required social health insurance program.

In order to improve cross-border trade, 78-year-old Joseph Boakai promised to increase domestic rice production, establish three agricultural machinery hubs, pave the highways connecting county capitals and those connecting Liberia to other countries, work with the legislature to create a specialized court to expedite cases of corruption and economic crimes, and assist the private sector in creating initiatives for recycling solid waste into

To be elected president, a candidate must receive at least 50% plus one of the total votes cast. The two parties with the most votes in the first round advance to a run-off election that is won by a simple majority if no party receives enough votes to cross that threshold.

Weah’s supporters and opposition members threw stones at one another on Sunday, resulting in the recent deaths of three persons during the re-election campaign.

Fears of an upsurge in violence in Liberia have grown as a result of the fights between their followers.

The major political parties in the nation of West Africa have vowed that the presidential and legislative elections will take place without incident.

Over 250,000 people had died during the 14-year civil war that ended in 2003 in Liberia, and since then, the country has had to deal with the Covid-19 and Ebola virus pandemics.

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