By Lincoln G. Peters
Several lawmakers including those who endorsed incumbent President George Manneh Weah’s 2023 re-election bid have been booted out by newcomers after they lost their re-election bid following the 10 October 2023 polls.
Pro-Weah lawmakers booted out include House Speaker and an executive of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Bhofal Chambers, Montserrado Electoral District #8 Representative and CDC executive Moses A. Gray, and Rep. Jimmy Smith of Montserrado District 2.
Others are CDC Montserrado District #7 Rep. Solomon George and Rep. CDC Montserrado District #14 Rep. Abraham V. Conneh.
Additionally, Bomi County District #1 Representative Finda Lassana, Bomi Senator Morris Saytumah, and Lofa Rep. Mariamu Fofana, among others, were booted out.
On 13 June 2023, over 50 Senators and Representatives jointly endorsed President Manneh Weah’s re-election bid ahead of the 10 October 2023 polls.
On the list of lawmakers who endorsed President Weah were members of the ruling CDC Legislative Caucus.
From Montserrado County, President Weah attracted Representatives Moses Acarous Gray, Dixon Seboe, Solomon C. George, Frank Foko, Jimmy Smith, Thomas Fallah, Abu Kamara, Edward P. Flomo, Abraham Conneh, and Goerge Samah.
However, among the dozens of lawmakers from Montserrado County who endorsed the re-election bid of President Weah, three lawmakers managed to return to the Legislature.
Those re-elected are District #15 Representative Abu B. Kamara, District #13 Eward P. Flomo, and District #9 Rep. Frank Saah Foko.
Unfortunately, Representatives Gray of District #8, Smith of District #2, George of District #7, and Conneh of District #14 are not returning in January 2024.
Grand Kru County lawmakers who endorsed Mr. Weah were Fornati Koffa, Albert Chie, and Numeni Bartekwa. Meanwhile, all three lawmakers have maintained their seats in the Legislature.
From Maryland County, President Weah received the support of Gble-bo Brown, P. Mike Jury, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, and Isaac Roland. Mr. Speaker Chambers has lost his district seat, meaning he won’t return to the Capitol this January.