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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Liberia’s greatest achievement in its democracy will be a smooth democratic transition in 2017, telling young political leaders that “For us,” this is Liberia’s finest moment.

While delivering an Interactive Keynote Address at the Opening of Semester II of the Young Political Leadership School or YPLS Monday, 8 August at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church on 9th Street, Sinkor, President Sirleaf expressed commitment to a peaceful, free and fair transition during the elections of 2017, followed by the 2018 transition.

The Young Political Leadership School is an initiative of the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections, aimed at building the capacity of young political leaders as effective participants in the political process across Liberia.

President Sirleaf said all of the progress in maintaining peace in the country will be further strengthened with the passing on of the mantle of the Presidency from one civilian government to another following the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.

The Liberian leader called on the Young people of Liberia to be ambassadors of such achievement by conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the election period. She said the young people here must make transition a national objective during the electoral process if our democracy must be nurtured, own, protect and make it workable.

She however said those who want to contest for public office should be able to tell you what they can do to make Liberia a better place. For his part, Eddie D. Jarwolo, Executive Director of National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) thanked President Sirleaf for her leadership and said the initiative is to prepare a generation of young people who will be accountable, accessible and responsible to the needs of the Liberian people.

The organization brings together 85 young promising leaders from universities, political parties, religious institutions, technocrats and community grouping across Liberia that are passionate about improving Liberia’s democracy and electoral politics through effective youth leadership and participation.

Meanwhile, following the ceremony at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church, the Liberia leader accompanied by the Minister of Public Works, William G. Moore made a brief stopover at the Redemption Road at the rear of the Executive Mansion to inspect ongoing road re-construction work taking place.

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