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Liberia: Boakai Consoles Ellen Over Son’s Death

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President Joseph Boakai Monday extended condolences to Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the loss of her Son, Charles.

In a telephone conversation with the former President, the Liberian Leader expressed his profound regrets and prayed that God consoles Madam Sirleaf and her family during such a difficult time, a statement on the presidency website said.

“The President promised to pay her a visit upon his return to the country, as he is currently away on national duty.

“The Liberian Chief Executive is urging Liberians and friends to offer prayers for consolation and peace of mind for the former President and her family in this moment of grief and sorrow.”

Charles Sirleaf was a prominent figure in Liberia’s economic and financial landscape, having served as a lecturer of economics at the University of Liberia, service  at the defunct Housing and Saving Bank and as the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Liberia during his mother’s 12-year presidency.

His tenure was not without controversy. In 2012, President Sirleaf suspended her son for failing to declare his assets, a move that sparked public scrutiny.

in 2019, Sirleaf was one of five Central Bank officials charged in connection with the alleged unlawful printing of local currency worth millions of dollars that reportedly disappeared. The charges were later dropped when local and international investigations proved the information to be incorrect.

The passing of Charles Sirleaf marks a significant loss for the Sirleaf family and  Liberia. He was widely respected for his contributions to the country’s economic development, and his death will undoubtedly leave a void in the nation’s leadership.

The Sirleaf family has not yet released a statement on the cause of Charles Sirleaf’s death, and the funeral arrangements are still pending.

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