Amid current economic hardship in Liberia, the Youth League of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) says President George Weah will not step down as President of Liberia as it is being demanded by the Council of Patriots or CoP.,
The Youth league in a news conference held at the CDC headquarters in Oldest Congo, says the decision of the CoP to call for President Weah’s resignation is to create pandemonium and chaos for the country.
Reading a two-page Press Statement, Deputy Secretary General for Administration Hassan Newland notes Liberia is not the only country that is facing economic hardship, but rather the economic situation is a global problem that every country is faced with.
He says at this critical period in Liberia’s country history when everyone faces economic challenges, citizens should rally support around the Government of Liberia, instead, to overcome these challenges and return on the right trajectory.
According to Hassan, the youth league believes every Liberian has right to aspire the presidency, but it strongly resists individuals with class mentality, calling o young people to reject calls from so-called politicians to destabilize the country.
Liberia’s Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean recently said his Ministry is without authority to grant the Council of Patriots (COP) permit, protection or approval to execute a planned ‘Weah Step Down’ campaign which violates the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.
In an official response to the COP on Monday, 2 December, he warned organizers that campaign scheduled for 30 December is unconstitutional and bespeaks treason, an offense against the internal security of the State.
But reacting to the Minister’s communication, CoP Acting Chair Mo Ali told this paper via mobile phone Monday, 2 December that nowhere in the CoP’s communication did it say President Weah must step down.
According to Mo, the CoP cannot stop people from saying what they want to say on radio, clarifying that its official communication to the Justice Ministry says in furtherance to the June 7 protest, they want to assemble on 30 December and government must provide security for them. By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne