By Kruah Thompson
President Joe Biden has expressed optimism about the future collaboration between the United States and Liberia, emphasizing his eagerness to work closely with President-elect, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, to strengthen the longstanding ties between the two nations.
In a formal statement released from the White House on Tuesday, November 21, President Biden extended congratulations to Ambassador Boakai on his successful election as the next President of Liberia.
The National Elections Commission announced Mr. Boakai winner of the 14 November Presidential Runoff Election, showcasing the unwavering commitment of Liberians to expressing their voices through the democratic process.
President Biden’s congratulatory message highlights the significance of deepening the bond between the American and Liberian peoples in the years to come.
In addition to praising incoming President Boakai, he commended outgoing President Weah, for his commitment to upholding the will of the Liberian people and prioritizing national interest over political considerations.
The statement reflected on discussions held during the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit the previous year, where the importance of a peaceful transition of power was underscored as a fundamental aspect of democratic governance.
President Biden underlines the exemplary nature of Liberia’s democratic process, citing it as a clear example for West Africa and the global community.
The U.S. President notes that the Liberian people, by exercising their constitutional right to vote, have demonstrated the power of democracy, setting a noteworthy precedent for the entire world.
He emphasizes the potency of democracy, as a tool for progress, saying that democracies, when functioning effectively, can deliver tangible benefits for their citizens. Editing by Jonathan Browne