Ex-President Sirleaf Hails Liberia’s Democratic Process -Salutes Electorate, Winners in First Round of Poll
MONROVIA: Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has tendered congratulatory message to the people of Liberia, winners of legislative seats as well as the two rival presidential candidates who are soon to clash in the runoff of the 2023 elections.
Madam Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected president, served two presidential terms spanning for 12 years and peacefully turned over the gavel of authority to President Weah in 2018—Liberia’s first peaceful democratic transition in 55 years.
In a brief statement, the former Liberian leader said, “Congratulations to the winners of Senate and House of Representative seats to the upcoming 55th Legislature. Thanks to all political leaders who participated in the October 10 elections and who accepted the outcome of the democratic exercise.”
She also sent out very special congratulations go to the brave women leaders who competed at all levels including the presidency and a few of whom proudly emerging victorious as legislators.
She added: “We enjoin all well-meaning Liberians to applaud the two highest winners of votes in the Presidential elections although none acquired the constitutional requirement of 50% plus 1 thus leading to a runoff in November.”
Madam Sirleaf also commended those who contested and accepted the results in the furtherance of democracy and the rule of law in our country.
“Above all, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the people of Liberia. Once again, you have shown remarkable resilience, calmness, and patience in exercising your constitutional rights for democracy and peace,” she noted. “Your unwavering dedication to the democratic process is truly inspiring.”
According to her, “our national challenge now is to continue to defend the peace and security that we have enjoyed in the past twenty consecutive years since the end of the civil war in Liberia.
“We can and we will demonstrate that we can and must successfully conclude these elections free of violence. Liberia is our common patrimony that we must do well to secure, preserve, protect and work hard for the good of our people.”