The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, said her country’s commitment to Africa has remained steadfast. According to Ambassador Elder, it was important to recognize that major challenges faced by Africa faces were clear and likely to be a similar priority for the next administration. She said they should also recognize that the U.S has bi-partisan support on U. S policy for years and don’t expect that to change.
Speaking Tuesday at an all-night election results viewing party, she noted that following the results, American Citizen would unite behind their newly elected president in respect for the democratic process, regardless of the ballot they cast.
She said one of the unique privileges and challenges of serving as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia is the extraordinarily close bilateral relations the two counties share, as well as Liberians’ profound knowledge of interest in the United Stated. She noted that in previous countries that she served, she had struggled to explain aspects of their country and culture as people lack the context to understand the larger picture.
She also noted that Liberia has come such a long way in the past 13 years and the 2017 presidential elections would cement this progress, emphasizing that ‘’for the first time in 70 years, a sitting president will transfer power in a transparent, contested election whose results are respected by the population.
She said the United States has long been engaged in promoting the democratic process throughout the World and has worked diligently to help Liberia consolidate its peace and democratic underpinnings since the end of the civil war.
By Bridgett Milton