Liberia: Sirleaf’s EX-minister Backs Opposition Leader to Upend Weah’s Rule
By Festus Poquie
Lewis Brown has joined opposition politician Alexander Cummings’ bid to defeat President George Weah in the scheduled 2023 elections, four years after Weah recalled him as Liberia’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
Cummings has the integrity, boldness of vision and the freshness of ideas to lead Liberia, Brown said in a statement read on radio Truth FM, Monday in the capital Monrovia.
“It is the time to rescue the country and reset how we must live with each other,” he said.
“ABC [Alexander Benedict Cummings] is the right choice for the changes we must make to realize the tomorrow we seek. I stand with ABC because he is right. He has the character, temperament, depth of understanding, integrity and leadership credentials to move our nation into the future we seek.
Brown who served the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration as information minister before heading to New York as the country’s top UN diplomat accuses Weah of putting Liberia’s peace under stress, citing growing insecurity and worsening economic conditions.
Alexander Cummings and his Alternative National Congress will be among an estimate dozens political parties and candidates that will rival Weah for the presidency on October 10, 2023. The votes will be held on the heels of a struggling economy occasioned by series of corruption scandals, the COVID-19 pandemic and the attending global price volatility.