Liberia opposition calls for mass protest

2011-11-07 07:43

kalahari.com

  • Liberia
    Celebrates the diversity of life through the exploration of cultures around the world. Now R735.00
    buy now
Monrovia - Liberia's main opposition has called for a mass protest Monday, on the eve of a run-off election which candidate Winston Tubman is boycotting over fears the process will be flawed.

Tubman, who set the country on edge with his call for voters to stay away from Tuesday's run-off presidential election, said he wants his supporters to stage a "peaceful protest" on Monday.

A vigil outside his Congress for Democratic Change headquarters on Saturday and Sunday drew only a handful of people, far from the tens of thousands which spilled into the streets ahead of the first round polls on October 11.

The boycott call raised tensions in the last days of an election campaign which fizzled out on Sunday as the CDC was absent and a last tour through the capital by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf failed to draw the crowds.

Addressing the populous Red Light market district, the Nobel Peace Prize winner praised her country's eight years of peace after a brutal 14-year conflict which left some 250 000 dead ended in 2003.

"I know that nobody in this country, no matter what the talk or rhetoric, nobody really wants us to go back to war," she said.

Tubman claims the first round, in which he placed second with 32.7% of the vote, was flawed by irregularities, and he has refused to take part in the run-off until he is satisfied the process will be transparent.

Fragile democracy

Sirleaf got 43.9% in the first round and has since won the support of key smaller parties such as that of Prince Johnson, a notorious former warlord who was filmed ordering the torture of military dictator Samuel Doe and who scored nearly 12%.

The election has been billed as a chance for the country to cement its fragile democracy and the international community has condemned Tubman's boycott call.

"We are very concerned. It's a bad signal ... political leaders must be prepared to win or lose," the head of the African Union observer mission, Speciosa Wadira Kazibwe, a former Ugandan vice-president, told reporters.

The United States on Saturday said it was "deeply disappointed" by the boycott call, calling Tubman's claims of fraud "unsubstantiated".

West Africa's political bloc Ecowas said it "deeply regrets the retrogressive tone" of Tubman’s statement and urged all involved "not to miss this historic opportunity of consolidating democracy and peace in the country."

Unity Party supporter Lucy Moore said that just two days before the election, she was both happy and sad.

Broken country


"Happy because I know we are going to win no matter what. Sad because we are going alone to the polls."

Ciafa G Clarke, 29, an economics student and Tubman supporter told AFP that if the vote went ahead, "the vast majority of the people will not recognise the regime."

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has urged the rival sides to maintain calm and "not to resort to violence despite political disagreement and to ensure that the peace in Liberia is maintained".

Liberia, Africa's oldest independent state, was founded by freed American slaves in 1847 and is still scarred by the 14-year civil war which shattered infrastructure and the economy.

Sirleaf, who is hailed abroad for her role in rebuilding the nation, has said she wants a second term to rebuild the "broken country" which is still heavily reliant on an 8 000-strong UN peacekeeping mission.

- SAPA

Read more on:    winston tubman  |  ellen johnson sirleaf  |  liberia  |  liberia elections  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R2499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.