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Liberia’s Political Tensions Surge: Former Ruling Party Signals Militant Recruitment Amid Security Concerns for Ex-President Weah

Leader of Liberia's ruling party Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC), President and former soccer player George Weah, speaks to the press after casting his vote during the presidential elections in Monrovia, Liberia, October 10, 2023. REUTERS/Carielle Doe/ File Photo

In a dramatic turn of events, Liberia’s political landscape faces heightened tensions as the former ruling Coalition for Democratic Change Party (CDC) issues a stark warning. The party has signaled its intention to mobilize partisans, including militants, in a bid to safeguard former President George Weah.

The escalating rift stems from allegations leveled by the CDC against the new administration led by President Joseph Boakai. Specifically, the party accuses Boakai’s government of a concerning move: the near-complete withdrawal of the presidential elite security unit, the Executive Protection Service (EPS), from the former President’s security detail.

This abrupt maneuver has ignited fears within the CDC of potential security vulnerabilities for Weah, prompting the party to contemplate the deployment of its loyalists to fill the perceived security vacuum.

Amidst mounting tensions, Liberia finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with the specter of political instability. The CDC’s threat of militant recruitment underscores the deep-seated divisions that continue to define the country’s post-election landscape.

As Liberia navigates this precarious terrain, the international community watches closely, wary of the potential ramifications of a further escalation in tensions. The need for diplomatic intervention and dialogue to defuse the growing crisis has never been more urgent.

In this volatile climate, Liberia stands at a critical juncture, teetering on the brink of uncertainty. The resolution of these simmering tensions will undoubtedly shape the nation’s trajectory for years to come, underscoring the imperative of finding peaceful and inclusive solutions to its political challenges.

Written by anajoblack

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