Liberia an example of Democracy for Africa – US Ambassador

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has applauded Liberia for being an example for democracy for the whole of Africa.

Following her recent visit of the region, she told journalists in New York that with the second post-civil war democratic transition and a sitting president gracefully accepting defeat, Liberia “is truly an example for not just West Africa, but the entire continent of Africa”.

“We really should commend Liberians for that success,” she said.

Her comments follow a spate of coups in the region which some analysts have described as a lack of faith in democracy in the region.

Despite this, Liberia enjoyed a peaceful transition as President Joseph Boakai was sworn in about two weeks ago after he defeated his predecessor, football legend George Weah, by a slight margin.

Weah was quick to concede defeat after a tight presidential race. His concession was hailed by many as a big boost for democracy on the continent, and an example for African leaders.

Ambassador Greenfield, who attended the inauguration ceremony on President Joe Biden’s behalf, reassured Liberia of the US’ unflinching commitment to supporting the country’s development, the BBC reported.

“Liberia has been very supportive and worked closely with us here at the UN, and we’re committed to helping President Boakai succeed. We have been a close ally and partner to Liberia throughout,” she said.


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