The political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), and presidential hopeful of the Party is this week our take; his quest for the presidency, and what the 2017 presidential electorates looking forward to see during these historic elections on October 10, 2017.
Charles Walker Brumskine, 66, is one of Liberia’s most respected and learned legal practitioners whose quest for the presidency seems overwhelming, as uncountable supporters of his bid are anxiously anticipating his win for the Executive Mansion come January 2018.
Despite his efforts to capture the 2005 presidential elections, the learned Liberian lawyer came third, but reportedly vowed to taking the lead in the upcoming elections, and expected to be inaugurated as the next President of Liberia after the exist of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Senior partner of Brumskine & Associates, a leading Liberian law firm in Liberia, is an alumina of the University of Liberia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1973, and the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1981 and passed the Liberian bar. He earned a Master of Laws degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas the following year.
Cllr. Brumskine became politically prominent in the 1990s as an ally of former Liberian and now detained at the UK prison, Charles Taylor in 1997, Brumskine became President Pro Temp of the Liberian Senate. In 1999, he fled the country after being reportedly threatened by Taylor’s supporters. He returned to Liberia in 2003 with plans to run in the scheduled 2003 presidential election.
In 2004, Brumskine began campaigning for the 2005 presidential elections in Liberia, as a member of the Liberty Party. Like most of the other candidates, he promised to bring reconciliation to the country following its political turmoil, and improve the economy and infrastructure. He received nearly 14% of the vote, 6% less than the second-place candidate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and therefore he was not able to participate in the runoff.
Due to his popularity in the first round, he could have significantly influenced the run-off had he endorsed either candidate. He decided not to endorse Sirleaf or her opponent, George Weah, in the runoff.
In 2010, he announced his plans to challenge Sirleaf in the 2011 presidential election. On January 20, 2011 Cllr. Charles Brumskine announced that Bong County Senator Franklin Obed Siakor would be his running mate in the 2011 presidential election
Soon after the announcement, some Liberian political analysts believed that the merger of Bassa County’s Charles Brumskine and Bong County’s Franklin Siakor would pose trouble for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s re-election bid. It was also argued that Brumskine’s pairing with Siakor delivered a fatal blow to other opposition political parties that might enter the race for President, as the race was thought likely to come down to Brumskine and Johnson-Sirleaf.
However, this time around the Liberty Party strong man is reported to have said he remains resolute and forever determined to sweep out the ruling Unity Party led government politically and take hold of the presidency come October 10, 2017.
His Party’s recent decision to pick Harrison Karnwea who hailed from one of Liberia’s populated counties, Nimba County has drawn more grease to his elbow, especially from votes rich county of Nimba giving him the edge of being optimistic of the presidency.