Liberian President Must Resign Says Gongloe



BY George J. Borteh

Former Solicitor General and Labor Minister is dogged that the best way  out of the current state of affairs is the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe has reiterated calls for President Sirleaf to save Liberia from the state of instability by turning over the leadership to her Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai.

His call for the resignation of the president comes against the backdrop of her inability to govern, he says, because she has dashed the high expectations of the Liberian people.

Since leaving government in 2011, Cllr. Gongloe has urged the president on many occasions to deal with corruption head-on, and to stop violating the constitution.

He told this paper in an exclusive interview yesterday that it is the right of the Liberian leader under the 1986 Constitution to end her last term, but argued “from what I foresee, it won’t be prudent and won’t be in the interest of sustainable peace for President to end her last term.”

Gongloe, a human rights activist and lawyer was not specific as to the factors that have the proclivity to break the country apart once again, but indicated “In my view, if the President insists that she must end her term, it is legally correct. It is constitutionally correct, but will it be prudent? Will it be in the interest of sustainable peace, from what I see? I say no.”

He was tightlipped on the consequences the president’s resignation could engender. He however said “it appears that there will be instability in the country.”

“I do not know exactly what is going to happen, but it appears that there will be instability in the country.”

Cllr. Gongloe said there is a huge degree of unhappiness amongst Liberians, adding “it is a mass unhappiness among the people that brings about instability; the issue of the growing lack of trust and confidence in the country also brings about instability.” ###The New Republic

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