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Liberia: Ruling CDC Says Supporters Harassed, Killed in Opposition Leader’s Hometown

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Main opposition Unity Party is a violent political institution, which is instilling fear in the population and instigating electoral violence in some parts of the country, the National Chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change has alleged.

UP has refuted the claims and is counter accusing the CDC.

Mulbah Morlu told reporters Tuesday in Monrovia CDC supporters are attacked daily on the streets in northern Lofa County for wearing party’s attire.

These acts of violence have been documented and will be submitted to the international community regarding UP desire to roll back democratic gains and plunge the country into carnage, Morlu said.

“Joseph Boakai bears the greatest responsibility for the killing of our partisans in Lofa and as such he will be paid back by Liberians through defeat at the ballot box on October 10.

“This brutal act shows the kind of bad leadership Joseph Boakai and his UP want to bring to national government.

“It was clearly shown that those perpetrators  [Foya clashes] from the Unity Party were carrying fire arms to tell how Boakai want to govern this country and the Liberian people can never allow such a big mistake to happen,”

Three people were killed in clashes between supporters of the country’s two main political parties on Friday September 29 in Foya City Lofa County  , according to the United Nations and West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS.

Liberia’s joint security preliminary investigation linked the killings to mob action of the main opposition Unity Party supporters in Foya, Lofa County during a political rally the party had organized. The report did not say what triggered UP supporters into the fatal incident. Twenty four persons have been arrested in connection with the violence.

Over one dozen candidates are pushing to unseat incumbent President George Weah in Tuesday vote, which an estimated 2.5 million people are expected to cast ballot..

Former FIFA World Footballer of the Year Weah is running on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change to secure a six-year second term in a vote that will also  feature former Vice President Joseph Boakai of the main opposition Unity Party of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Alexander Cummings, a businessman and former Coca-Cola executive is leading the Collaborating Political Parties, which encompasses the Alternative National Congress and the Liberty Party. Cummings and Boakai had a failed bid in 2017.

Boakai,78, who served as Johnson Sirleaf’s deputy between 2006 and 2018 is banking on souring food and fuel oil prices and corruption scandal to retake power lost to the ex AC Millan star in the 2017 presidential contest.

Weah is pointing to economic gains that have kept growth stable and reduced inflation from more than 20 percent to 11.7% in a period that has been dogged by COVID-19, global economic uncertainty and the Russian War in Ukraine.

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