ECOWAS Diplomat Congratulates JNB -Hails Pres. Weah for Conceding Defeat

MONROVIA: The Director of Administration and Finance (DAF) of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Chief Dr. William Towah has congratulated Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai on his deserved election as Liberia’s 26th President following a heated Presidential runoff.

“May I use this medium to congratulate you on your historic election as the 26th President of Liberia which I believe speaks volumes of the trust and confidence of the Liberian people in your ability to provide a purposeful leadership aimed at solving the myriad of problems facing the country,’ he said in a statement released in Abuja on Monday, 27th November 2023.

He added: “I am hopeful that you are bringing to the presidency a wealth of experience garnered over the years and that they will be useful as you steer the state of affairs of the country for the next 6 years after your inauguration. You can be assured of our commitment and cooperation to the process of building our country with equal opportunities for all Liberians.”

The Director, who was also a part of the international observers who monitored the election, said that with this peaceful and successful electoral process Liberia has strengthened its democratic credentials coming against the backdrop of the threat to democratic consolidation in the region which is exemplified by the democratic reversals on some Member States.

He praised the outgoing President George Manneh Weah for his statesmanship in conceding and congratulating the incoming President even before the results were finally declared, an action he said elevated him to the pantheon of democracy in a region where post-election challenges have become a source of instability.

By this singular action, he said, Liberia has burnished its reputation as a beacon of democracy in the region, particularly with the commendable action of the outgoing President George Manneh Weah in conceding defeat even before the release of the final results of the election and congratulating the victor, President Elect Joseph Nyuma Boakai. “Moreover, it has elevated the outgoing President to the pantheon of exemplars of democracy in a region where post-election challenges have become a source of instability”, Dr. Towah said.

“Particularly, he characterized the ‘commendable action  as an exhibition of extraordinary leadership which placed national above personal interest  which demonstrated to the world that he is a man of peace, patriotism and commitment to the cause of democracy which Liberians fought for and striving to permanently entrench it in our society”, Dr. Towah.

Dr. Towah, who is a Liberian born diplomat with the regional body, described Liberia as the biggest winner in the keenly contested race for their resilience and determination to take their destiny into their hands  which contributed to the successful conduct of the election.

He also commended the efforts of the country’s international development partners who “supported and stood with us throughout the process until the final results were announced and even committed themselves to the smooth transition process.”

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