MONROVIA – On his second day participating in the ongoing US-Africa Summit, President George Manneh Weah urged his host, President Joseph R. Biden and the United States government to accord Liberia the maximum support needed towards the successful holding of the ensuing 2023 general elections as an avenue of consolidating democracy, rule of law and enhance growth and development in Liberia and Africa as a whole. According to the Executive Mansion Facebook page, the President made the call when a select group of African leaders including the Liberian leader and 5 of his other counterparts from Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Madagascar and Sierra Leone, all countries going to the polls next year, met Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. to discuss elections, democracy, rule of law and development on the margins of the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022.
President Weah used the rare occasion to reiterate his strong commitment to the tenets of democracy where the will of the people prevails. The President said “I have participated in a lot of elections and even when the results were not favorable, we respected the results. My administration will ensure a free, fair and transparent process in 2023 and Liberia will remain a bastion of peace, freedom, prosperity and development under our watch”. For his part, President Biden urged the leaders in attendance to ensure that the democratic process under their leadership is carried out in a free, fair and transparent manner. He committed US support to the advancement of the ideals of democracy, rule of law, peace and security and development on the continent. President Weah will today December 15, 2022 join other leaders and the US President at the Leaders Forum where he is expected to make a submission to the plenary on peace and security, resource mobilization for development, youth capacity building and sustainable utilization of natural resources on the continent as the summit enters its third and final day. Diplomatic experts are of the opinion that the US government is staging the summit to deconstruct the perception that it has neglected African nations. Nearly 50 countries are represented at this year’s edition of the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
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