The Chairman emeritus of ex-president Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Party (NPP), Cyril Allen, has called for the reduction of Liberia’s nearly two dozen political parties to “five or six”.
Liberia currently has 22 political parties, and plans are underway for the creation of two additional parties, which will bring to 24, the number of parties in the country.
“I detest that very strongly; the proliferation of political parties in Liberia and I think we should be galvanizing our strength and coming together with similar ideologies under one umbrella to move ahead with the governance of this country; to make it much better for our children and generations unborn,” The Liberia News Agency, LINA quotes Mr. Allen to have said.
According to LINA, he made the call on the state-owned ELBC “Bumper Show” Monday, during which he described the proliferation of parties as a “taboo.”
The outspoken ex-NPP Chairman, who under the Taylor Administration, said he won’t leave the rebel-transformed party with vultures, said he envisages a country free of oppression, suppression and indignation – Liberia whose leader has the capacity and charisma to unite people while fostering development.
“This is the kind of person we need for national leadership,” he added, and challenged Liberians to work hard in conforming to the challenges of changing times.
The one-time Chairman of the National Investment Commission under Mr. Taylor then lamented the devastating effects of the Ebola epidemic on the country’s economy which, he said, also affected the individual lives of people.