Charles Walker Brumskine, former President of the Liberian Senate, and senior partner of the Brumskine and Associates law firm, located in Monrovia has died. He was 68. Mr. Brumskine who has been ailing for quite some time, was hospitalized at the John Hopkins medical center in Baltimore, Maryland, Family sources said. the politician and lawyer left the hospital months ago and was being treated at his home in Virginia, he was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. Cllr. Brumskine, who contested the Liberian presidency on three separate occations, rose to prominence during the 1990s as an ally of former President Charles Taylor. When Taylor became President in 1997, Brumskine ascended to the highest position during his career as President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate.
By 1999, however, they were feuding, and Brumskine fled the country after being threatened by Taylor and his supporters. He returned to Liberia in 2003 with plans to contest the 2003 presidential poll. However, Taylor’s resignation that year and the installment of a two-year transitional government led to the elections being cancelled.
In 2004, Brumskine campaigned for the 2005 presidency, receiving nearly 14% of the vote, and this was 6% less than the second-place contender, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; he fell short of participating in the runoff, but he would endorsed neither Sirleaf nor her opponent, George Manney Weah. Sirleaf went on to win the election.
Six years later, Cllr. Brumskine contested the 2011 elections, picking Bong County Senator Franklin Obed Siakor as his running mate. In the 2017 elections, Cllr. Brumskine tallied 149,495 votes for 9.6 percentage points, putting him in third.
At the end of the 2017 presidential elections, Cllr. Brumskine led opposition political parties, protesting the results, which prompted the Supreme Court to have halted the presidential run-off vote between Weah and former Vice President Joseph Boakai, as the court considered the challenge, bordering on alleged fraud. Although he and the contending parties were unsuccessful in annulling the 2017 presidential poll before the supreme court, Cllr Brumskine has been hailed for his mastery of the law.